Check out the latest Clark Little mini documentary, from Nikon Europe, in which he explains how he started out shooting surf photographs, specifically of shorebreaks, it’s got the feel good music and slick voice over, perfect for non surfers:
Here’s what he’s shooting with as far as I can tell:
- Nikon D4 – the one in the housing I think.
- Nikon D750 – new full frame DSLR
- Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye – the most popular fisheye option for Nikon full frame shooters
- Aquatech housing (they don’t list a housing for the relatively new D750 that Clark shows off in the video, but they do have housings listed for the D4, D800 and D7100, it looks like he’s actually shooting with a D4 in the close up shots.
If you want to get started shooting fisheye style shorebreak photo’s your best bet is a GoPro Hero 4, for still photo’s I’d recommend the GoPro Hero 4 Silver edition, there’s no extra stills mode on the more expensive black edition and it has the bonus of a touch sensitive LCD screen built in.
If you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera body already and want to get into this style of photography keep your eyes out for a post in the near future about my fisheye recommendations, I’ve used the Peleng 8mm fisheye, Tokina 10-17mm fisheye, Canon 15mm fisheye and most recently the Samyang 8mm fisheye as well as 4 generations of GoPro cameras with fisheye lenses, so I should be able to recommend a fisheye to match your budget and camera system.