Posts Tagged ‘water housing’

February 11th, 2013

Greedy Mount Housing

The name “greedy mount” comes from still photographers who have transformed their tripods to hold both video and still cameras. In doing so when a surfer drops in on a wave they video and shoot stills at the same time.

How do they do this? They have a custom plate made by some metal shop in return the lens and video camera can screw into the same plate that is mounted on the tripod head. They are shooting with say a Canon 600mm lens and a video camera with a long lens. They set the focal length on the video lens to match that of the still lens. When the surfer drops in the photographer hits the record button then immediately begins shooting stills. He does not look through the video camera, but instead looks the entire time just through the still camera. Not being able to zoom in or out on the video camera the footage is pretty half ass. On that note that is why hardly anyone does this.

Here’s a water photographer’s version of the same thing. The top part of his housing is the still and the bottom is video. Most likely this water photographer is shooting with both wide angle lenses as he was getting really close to the action.


January 29th, 2013

The Pole Cam

Most surf photographers never use pole cam water housings. The pole cam was mastered by surfing photographers Aaron Loyd and Tony Roberts. Aaron used a pole cam around 3-4ft in length and Tony used some poles up to 8ft. A pole cam housing works pretty similar to a pistol grip. The pole cam pictured below was made by Dale Kobetich where the trigger is near the bottom of the pole. The average pistol grip is around 6inches in length and the average pole cam varies from 2ft and longer.

Roy Powers and Chris Ward throwing shakas for the water photographer

November 8th, 2012

SPL Splash Housing For Sale

We received an email from our friend Michael Kew who is selling his SPL Splash Housing for a Canon 60D. If you are interested in buying this or have any questions for Michael you can try contacting him through Facebook or feel free to send us an email and we will forward it to him. Michael wrote:

“I’m selling my unused, mint-condition, brand-spankin’-new SPL Splash housing that was made for a Canon 60D. The housing has never touched water and is fully assembled and ready to go. Once again, it’s never been used for anything. It comes with a Tokina 10-17mm dome port and a GoPro mount. I’m asking $1300 OBO and can ship it to anywhere. If you or anybody you know are interested, please email me. Here are some photos of it.

We did our own research to see what is the difference from a SPL “Splash Housing” and their SPL “Housing”. On their FAQ page it reads:
What are the differences between SPL and SPLASH housings?
SPLASH housings can go deeper 40-50ft. SPLASH housings are more molded shaped so they cut thru the water easier. All attachments work on both housings. SPLASH housings will require you to send the housing back to install our flash waterproof connector for the flash attachment.

October 21st, 2012

Homemade Water Housing

Jay Lafferty from San Diego sent us a few photos of a water housing he made for his Canon 30D in which he used a pvc cap as the brunt of the housing.

Jay writes:
So why did I built my own water housing when there are quite a few housing companies that already make really radical housings? Because they are really f***ing expensive, and I’m too cheap to dish out that much cash for one. But I do love surf photography, and I knew if I ever wanted to shoot again in this lifetime, I would have to make one on my own. So I did, and I’m glad I did, but make no mistake, this was a pain in the ass to build.

Build Time: Part-time for a week or so. There is a lot of drying & curing time needed.

Tools: Power Drill, Jig Saw, Hack-Saw, Sauder Gun with Sauder Wire, 1 ¼” Bore Bit, assorted other
Drill Bits, two C-Clamps, and maybe a few random tools from the tool box.

Parts List:
6” PVC end-cap / sheet of rubber gasket (hand cut to size later) / one piece of 1 ¼” PVC pipe / eight (24 #8) stainless nuts /eight 1 ½” stainless machined bolts / one 1” PVC elbow / one 1 ¼” PVC end-cap / one 1 ¼” PVC female (smooth) to male (with thread ends) / one push button electrical switch & some speaker wire ( get both at Radio Shack) / your cameras accessory cable / two ½” sheets of plexi-glass (cut to 9”x9”) / 6 pack of super glue / tube of clear silicone / one tube of “Quick-Set”2 part epoxy (mixes clear) / about 3 or 4 tubes of “Marine” 2 part epoxy (mixes white) / 1 can of enamel spray paint / 1 can of foam sealant / about a square foot of squishy packing foam
The only part I didn’t make, or buy off the shelf is the bubble-port. I cut that off my old housing. I’ve heard you can buy bubble-ports, not sure of the cost.

October 15th, 2012

Water Angle

Two different ways of getting the shot from the water

September 6th, 2011

Want Professional Surfing Photos Of Yourself Surfing?

Jack English builds another website, Surfing Photographer.

So as if you’re not busy enough you go and have Surfing Photographer built
Yeah, I wanted to have a site where the everyday person (surfer) can find this site and make it as clear as day that they can hire me to shoot surfing photos of them rather it be regional, national or worldwide.

So if I am some amateur surfer you will take surf photos of me
Yes. I will take photos of you know matter how good or bad of a surfer you are. I am not the one to judge you on your performance, but I am there to take the highest quality surfing action photos of you.

How much do you charge
The price is $250.00 for the first hour and each additional hour is $150.00 with a minimum of 2 hours. For water shots it is double these prices.

How much do you charge for a destination surf trip, for example if there is a group of people that will be doing a boat trip in the Mentawai Islands
For destination surf trips the pricing always varies on how many surfers will be going.
You would have to call or email me the complete details of the trip and I will provide you with a price.

So you not only can shoot local, but anywhere in the world.

That is right. I have done photo shoots for people in Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Bali, Mentawai Islands, and more.

How will you know when the surf will be good

I leave this up to the surfer. You pick the day and time, but I will make suggestions where and when is the best place to go for photos. The reason I leave this up to the surfer is I want them to be happy with the conditions they chose. It is there photo shoot and in the end I want them to be stoked.

How many photos will you take
I shoot every wave you take off on. If you get 2 waves or 200 waves I shoot it all.

When will I get a disk of the photos
I will have my laptop with me and immediately once the photo shoot is done I will burn you a disk of EVERY photo taken right then and there.

So you must be good knowing you have worked with the best in the world from Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Kolohe Andino, Mick Fanning, Taj Burrow and the rest of the great surfers out there.
I am honored that I have worked with them all and I enjoy it every chance I get, but as a surfer myself I just want to offer my photo services to other people the chance to have a professional surfing photographer to take there photo as I would love if someone would photograph me surfing. =)

Surfer Scotty Stopnik taken at Blackies in Newport Beach, California

Working with the best surfers in the world. Top: Donavon Frankenreiter, Galapagos Islands – Peter Mel, Mavericks Half Moon Bay – Donavon Frankenreiter, Mexico – Taj Burrow, Hossegor, France – Davey Miller, Pipeline Oahu North Shore – Cory Lopez, Laguna Beach California – Luke Stedman, Barra De La Cruz Mexico – Kelly Slater, Middles Beach Puerto Rico – Luke Stedman, Jbay South Africa

The FAQ page

Frequently Asked Questions
Are you available to be hired
Yes, I am available for any photo assignment. I can be hired from any magazine, agency, company along with any individuals that may want to be photographed for there personal use.

How much do you charge
Prices vary on assignment. Please contact me via phone or email to give me the details of the shoot. I will then take those into affect and get back to you with a price.

Do you license your images

Yes, I license my images through a surfing stock agency called Surf Images, the website is

Do you sell prints and how much do they cost
Yes, I will sell any print size you like from an 8x10” and up. Prints are made here in San Diego at a professional photo lab. Prices vary on quantity and size. Email me a copy of the image you are interested in along with the print size and I will let you know how much your print order would cost.

Do you shoot from the water
Yes, I shoot from the water, land, boat, jet ski, and helicopter.

Where can I see more of your work
I have two other sites, they are and

Feel free to contact Jack English at anytime.
Telephone: (760) 612-0032

July 17th, 2011

Joe Manganiello The Surfing Photographer And J Lo Goes Topless

Access Hollywood (oh screw that) Surf Images has confirmed that the hunky star Mr. Joe Manganiello (with words like that we will give it back to Access Hollywood) has singed on for the movie “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (inspiration from the best-selling pregnancy book by Heidi Murkoff) along side with Jennifer Lopez (who goes topless), Cameron Diaz, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro, Matthew Morrison and Elizabeth Banks. Joe will play a surfing photographer and a ladies man named Davis. Yes, we know surfing photographers are all hunks, but could not make it at pro surfing so they chose the next best thing. Kirk Jones will be the director from a script by Heather Hach and re-written by Shauna Cross. The movie will hit the theaters May 11th, 2012.