Category: Lessons

AxisGO iPhone water housing – unboxing

Summary: AxisGO is the best water housing for iPhone surf photography. AxisGO is a water housing system for your iPhone. it’s the first smart phone water housing designed specifically for surface water sports like surfing. Here’s my video unboxing of the AxisGO water housing. Download the manual here. Place an order through Amazon.com here. AxisGO housing […]

Waterproof iPhone Case – The Next Big Thing

Summary: More surf photos are taken on phones than cameras. Smart people are taking action. GoPro and Nikon are struggling, Canon keep releasing mediocre mid range cameras. What are you, the next generation of amateur surf photographers, going to use to create awesome surf images? Your phone! (once you’ve got your waterproof iPhone housing of course) Here’s my very […]

Jakob’s Water Housing Survey

Jakob emailed me recently with a link to his survey on water housings. He’s writing a paper as part of his course at the University of Rostock on water housings. If you’ve got a spare 5 minutes and you’d like to help Jakob get some more first hand information from water sports photographers please consider filling […]

360 degree video: the best camera for surf

360 degree video is poised to be the next big thing in content creation, with Virtual Reality (VR) experiences moving into the mainstream and people tiring of the same old angles it’s a natural progression for any sort of first person point of view style footage and action sports like surfing in particular. Why is […]

Surf Photography Workshops – Tim Nunn and Chris Burkard

There’s a couple of opportunities to participate in surf photography workshops coming up. Tim Nunn Workshops and Surf Photography Talk One for the UK readers: timnunnsurfandadventurephotography.com/2014/09/30/what-happens-on-a-photography-workshop/ Follow the link above or click on the photo to read about what goes on during the workshop and to sign up for it. On top of the workshops […]

Old Housings, New Housings, Medium format, Micro Four Thirds, GoPro

Here’s an interesting housing that caught my eye on eBay recently, it’s for a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex camera, a classic professional medium format design: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131238627812?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 You can pick up a Rolleiflex camera for about £400 second hand, so combined with this housing it’s not actually a super expensive set-up and you’re all set for […]

SOLD – Surf Housing for Canon 60D, 70D, 7D etc.

This housing has now sold, I currently have an SPL A-Series housing on sale which will work with a 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, and 70D, find out more here: https://www.learningsurfphotography.com/for-sale-spl-a-series-housing-fits-canon-60d-70d-more/ I have updated the pistol grip and re-written this description, find out more here: https://www.learningsurfphotography.com/update-for-sale-surf-housing-for-canon-60d-70d-etc/ I’ve got too many housings and I’m no longer […]

Sarah Lee’s Underwater Photography Tips

This popped up on Peta Pixel, but was originally on Smug Mug’s blog, there’s some very useful practical advice for shooting underwater, especially with models or duck diving surfers, but the main thing that interested me was her use of the Outex silicone water housing thing. http://news.smugmug.com/2014/03/26/essential-underwater-photography-tips-from-sarah-lee/ The best tip for me was number three: […]

Lens Compression: Perspective Distortion in Surf Photography

This subject was touched upon in a post from ages ago about Nazare in Portugal, site of several possibly record breaking big wave tow sessions, the type of perspective distortion we’re interested in here is compression distortion, it’s sometimes known as telephoto lens compression. Visit the links at the bottom of this post for some […]

Jeff Hubbard by Tom Brune on Le Boogie – Long Lens Water Photography

I spotted this shot on Le Boogie magazine’s fast-tracked daily image feature and the close up water shot style intrigued me. The photographer is Tom Brune, and he shot it using a Canon 50D and a Canon 70-200mm F4 USM lens, a very similar set-up to the one I use, unfortunately I don’t have a […]

Flash In The Water – Pete Webb’s Set Up

In this two part post on iso1200.com photographer Pete Webb talks about the gear and techniques involved with shooting remote flash in the water, this isn’t specifically surf related, but it’s easily transferable to surf situations too. Part 1: http://www.iso1200.com/2012/02/strobist-in-water-with-powerwizard-and.html Part 2: http://www.iso1200.com/2012/02/wet-strobist-with-sport-photographer.html 4º Sea Swimmers from Pete Webb on Vimeo. That video shows the […]

Aerial Photography Lesson – Don’t Film Without Asking

Witness the reaction of a local who doesn’t want a video camera pointed at him or his spot, in this case the camera was a GoPro mounted to a DJI Phantom quad copter. There’s some pretty interesting comments on the Transworld surf post featuring the video here: surf.transworld.net/1000166650/videos/rock-throwing-longboarder-nearly-takes-drone/ Maybe the pilot didn’t realise that the […]

Water Housing Users Guide – Part 3 – Prevent Water Drops, Wet Port Vs Dry Port

There’s nothing more frustrating than a good water shot being ruined by a water drop on the front of the port. Depending on the type of port you’re using (find out which port to use for your lens here) there are a couple of basic techniques that require no extra equipment or special skills that […]

Water Housing Users Guide – Part 2 – Which Port Should I Use?

If you’re new to shooting photographs of surfing using a water housing I’d recommend looking at Part 1 of my users guide to get up to speed on some basics of using and maintaining your housing. One of the questions I get asked most often about shooting using a water housing is – which port […]

Roger Sharp – Canon FD 800mm on Sony NEX for Surf Photography

I’ve got a Panasonic GF-1, it’s a mirrorless camera which uses the Micro Four thirds lens mount, I’ve got an adapter which allows me to use my Canon EF lenses on the camera, I don’t get auto focus, and aperture control is handled manually by the adapter, so whilst it’s fun to use, especially with […]

Grind TV – How I Got The Shot Features

Every now and then I stumble across a feature on a website that I can’t believe I haven’t seen before, this time it’s Grind TV’s How I Got The Shot, and there’s a fair bit of content there that is going to be useful for learning surf photography. Here’s a quick list of the features […]

Learning Drone Photography Part 1 – Quadcopter Basics

You might have noticed me mentioning a new toy of mine, a Blade 350QX quad-copter, I’ve been fascinated with the possibilities for aerial photography (and videography) for a while, I purchased a helicopter to try and get air born but never got further than the simulator on my computer, it’s incredibly hard to fly a […]

Eugene Tans Surf Photography Masterclass

Following up from the recent post featuring Eugene Tan in a Canon video, here’s an interview from a few months back on British newspaper The Telegraph’s website, the sub title is: “How to excel at surf photography” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/travel/4072/masterclass-how-to-excel-at-surf-photography.html There’s the basic stuff like equipment for shooting in the water and from land, he’s obviously not […]

Tim Nunn’s Fisheye Recommendations With Examples

Following up from the last link to Tim Nunn’s blog, on telephoto lenses, this time around it’s fisheye’s being compared, as before he’s talking from experience on Canon and Nikon so there’s something there to learn whatever you shoot with: http://timnunnsurfandadventurephotography.com/2013/11/07/choosing-the-best-fisheye-lens-for-surf-photography/ Canon’s 8-15mm L lens gets the top slot for Canon shooters, but it’s mega […]

Eugene Tan – Aquabumps – Canon Promo Video

You’ve probably heard of Aquabumps, I follow on facebook and regularly see photo’s on magicseaweed, well here’s an inspirational video featuring Eugene Tan, the photographer behind Aquabumps, which focuses on his surfing and wave shooting and especially the Canon gear he uses in that process. The bit I like the most is the shot of […]

Photo’s from the Weekend on Magicseaweed

There’s a couple of my photo’s on the Magicseaweed home page today, taken at Putsborough in North Devon, I’d only surfed there once before and it was pretty average, so it was a nice surprise to find some decent waves down there on Sunday. Check them out: http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPhoto.php?photoId=304518&browseSession=8d1503dc8a10c4239612500e786a6cc1&ourPick This one is from the beach, shot […]

Small Wave Photography

A few weeks ago there were a couple of days of small swell around so I decided to try and shoot some small waves with my 28 and 50mm lenses in my Aquatech housing with the LP-5 port. I hadn’t used the flat port properly for shooting surf yet so it was good to get […]

Ricardo Bravo – Portuguese Surf Photography Workshop

I just saw this pop up on facebook via wave solutions waterhousings, Ricardo Bravo is running a surf photography workshop in Ericeira, Portugal on the 21st and 22nd of September, so anyone in Portugal might want to check it out. Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=550752501639395&set=a.150104145037568.26269.148113085236674&type=1&theater I’ve visited Ericeira a few times in the last few years and I […]

Post Processing Re-Visited

Just today O’Neill UK posted a shot of Ross Duerden on their Facebook page that I took in February 2011, I found the higher resolution version and was a bit taken aback at how much noise there was in it, at the time I was using a Canon 550D (actually the imported Japanese version labeled […]

Art8 Festival – Surf Photography Workshop with Mike Searle – Newquay April 12th

Mike Searle is running a surf photography workshop in Newquay on Friday April the 12th, 10:00-12:00, it’s part of the ART8 festival, more details here: http://art8newquay.co.uk/ai1ec_event/surf-photography-workshop-2/?instance_id=979 Here’s a brief description of the event from the website: A two-hour workshop run by Carve and SurfGirl photographer Mike Searle. This is an experiential workshop and weather and […]

How To – Gain Full Control With A Basic Water Housing

IMPORTANT – please note that the latest versions of Magic Lantern do not support Pico C scripting, you can still use the scripts but you’ll have to use an old build of Magic Lantern, read more, and download the version I use, here: https://learningsurfphotography.com/manual-control-with-magic-lantern-updated/ I have a Canon 60D and an Aquatech CR-60 housing, this […]

How To – Flash Surf Photography Part 2: Remote Flash Shot

Perhaps you’ve seen my video on the basics of incorporating flash into your surf photography, if not it’s a good primer for the following discussion on the remote flash shot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kfwnNjxyHqA Just in case you haven’t read the Behind the Shot feature in issue 220 (November 2012) of Wavelength, the remote flash traditionally involves someone […]

How-To Flash Photography – Video

This is the first video for Learning Surf Photography, it goes through the basics of incorporating flash into your surf photography. Parts 2 and 3 are up now and go into detail on the two basic types of flash shot that I show in the video. https://learningsurfphotography.com/post/43341085101/how-to-flash-surf-photography-part-1-waterproof-your (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)

How To – Produce a short video clip for the web

Even if you’ve never edited video before it’s pretty easy to get a simple surf video up online for everyone to see, it’s something anyone learning surf photography will eventually want to do so I’ll show you how. This is my latest video, I wanted to get it on line quickly so my friends who […]

The 270 Project – Scott Aichner to GoPro Hero 3

Fisheye photography has always interested me, I got a snap on wide angle adapter for my video camera as soon as I could, at the time I was influenced by skate videos like Misled Youth and the water footage in bodyboarding videos like No Friends, I like the distortion, the extreme close-up nature of the […]

Buying A Second Hand Water Housing

There’s some good information out there on which water housing to buy for surfing, I would particularly recommend Roger Sharps Blog post on the subject here: http://www.surfphoto.co/surfphoto/2011/09/surf-water-housing-buyers-guide.html But they tend to focus on what the options are for buying a new housing, which pretty much all cost over £1000, not that it’s easy to find […]