Photographer Takes A Bash Using Waterproof Housing While In Rapids – Spreads A Warning

Extreme/Adventure Photographer Dawn Kish has a reputation of doing what it takes to get the photo. She took quite a bash on a recent assignment, while using her D7000 in an Outex waterproof case. She shares her experience and some crucial advice for others using waterproof rigs while engaged in extreme activities.

Photographer Takes A Bash While Using Waterproof Housing While In Rapids - Spreads A Warning

DIYP: Wow! Can you tell us how you got those?

DK: I smashed my face with my camera in a big ol’ Grand Canyon rapid. I got a new underwater housing for my camera and was so excited to shoot in the rapids. I was too busy trying to get the shot and didn’t hold on tight. We hit a big hole and WHAM. I hit the cooler with my camera in front of my face. OUCH!

DIYP: Is there any advice you’d spare for anyone engaged in similar jobs?

DK: After I posted my battle wounds on Facebook, I didn’t realize that others did the same thing. One photographer told me that it happened to him and that when you have a waterproof housing around the camera, you must hold it away from your face when your shooting in rough water. I was to busy looking through the viewfinder and didn’t see the big hole in the rapid coming up. All this trauma for the love of making photos. Next time, hold on and keep the camera away from the face.

DIYP: Was it worth it? Any good photos from that trip?

DK: I got some cool shots from that trip. Not from that rapid but over all I’m in love with my new underwater housing from

Photographer Takes A Bash While Using Waterproof Housing While In Rapids - Spreads A Warning

DIYP: All our best, and heal fast

DK: thank you

Dawn says that she is doing much better. You can send her healing wishes and enjoy her adventure photography on her Facebook page.

  • William Nicholls

    There are probably a couple of ways to minimize the face-smash risk. Even a smaller UW housing has considerable mass – loaded with camera and lens. A strong tether *to the boat* would be a good idea since you don’t want a heavy pendulum strapped to yourself or an appendage. A shatterproof dive mask or face shield visor would help you keep your eyes open to watch for big waves and holes while you’re recording. The bruising looks like it was made by sunglasses. A dive mask or face shield wouldn’t prevent a face smash, but might spread the force over a larger area and either may let you “see it coming” and avoid the worst.

    But the easiest, safest option would be to wear a helmet with a GoPro mount. You have to train yourself not to turn your head quickly and randomly, but that leaves you with hands, arms and legs free to hang on, highside, or swim.

  • 434432432

    whwn you are stupid.. stay at home….

    • Tommy

      …said the person who couldn’t spell “when.”

      • dkish

        thanks tommy…i already feel my ego was bruised more than my face:)

  • JP Danko

    Wow – the girl is bombproof! Way to get the shot!

  • Steve

    Unfortunately, her pain is my gain. If you never posted this, I wouldn’t have found out about these Outex cases!

  • Jared Lawson

    WOW, now that is a nice battle wound from Photography. I agree with some of the comments about changing the face mask you may be wearing, it may look funky out of the water (like in rapids) but it will help. More Photography Tips

    • Rick

      A catcher’s mask might be the best solution. 😉

  • John_Skinner

    If your job description has the word “extreme” in the title, and you walk way looking like that, you might want to rethink your job choice. Ill prepared comes to mind.

  • Calibrator

    I know women that are tougher than men 😉
    but this one really looks mean!
    Best wishes!
    PS: Everybody can make a mistake, don’t let that discourage you!

  • 0maha

    No biggie. The bruises will fade. The experience is worth every bit of it.