5 surf & underwater photography hacks and tricks in under a minute

Jan 5, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Jan 5, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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If you’ve ever taken a camera near water, whether it be a DSLR or a GoPro, you know it can be a hassle. Even when you’ve got all the underwater housings and other bits, it can still be a pain. In this video, surf photographer Dylan Brayshaw gives us 5 great tips for shooting in and around water.

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I love these short rapid fire tips videos. But, if you don’t have a minute and a half of your life to spare, here’s a quick rundown.

  1. Candle wax on lens port to shed water droplets
  2. Taking split shots with dome port
  3. Camera settings for sharp photos
  4. Backdoor floaty mouth mount, this allows you to still have the mount to put on surfboard or main camera housing
  5. Water drops on lens. Leave water drops on lens port to give added bokeh dreamy look.

That first one is actually quite a handy tip, and one of the few times I’d actually use a UV filter on the front of my lens. Not for protection, but to help create a hydrophobic barrier on the front of the lens when it’s raining. Most of my gear’s weather sealed, so I’m not worried about things getting wet, but I’m constantly having to wipe water droplets off the front element.

A UV filter, with a small amount of wax polished smooth may diminish the image quality a little. Although it doesn’t seem to do Dylan any harm. But it will also make rain droplets run right off quickly and easily without me having to constantly wipe it.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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