Water Housing Basics
As a surf photographer, your water housing is one of your most important tools, therefore it is crucial to
know how to properly use and take care of it. When I first got my water housing one of the problems I faced
was keeping water drops off my port. Little did I know that there are two types of ports for your water
housing, a wet port and a dry port. Wet ports are usually dome ports for a wide angle or fisheye lens. To
keep the port “wet” all you have to do is lick the outside and water will stick to it.
Another tip is to avoid touching or bumping the port against your wetsuit, both are full of oil and can create dry spots on the port which usually distort the image. A dry port is the very different from a wet port, and is used on your standard
to telephoto lenses. There are several different things you can put on the dry port to help it repel water? one
of my favorites is actually surf wax. I usually take a bar of wax and put a little on the middle of the port, and
then use a towel or cloth to rub the wax until it’s no longer visible.
If you start to notice that water is sticking to the port you can rub your nose and forehead up against it and the oils will repel the water. This way you can stay in the lineup longer, especially if the surf is pumping.
There are a few basic things you should know before you take your water housing into the water. Make sure and clean your O ring and remove any sand on it, then re-lube the surface depending on what type of water housing you own. Any sand on the O ring may cause it to leak. Silica packets are also really helpful. I usually stick one or two inside the housing to help absorb any moisture that gets trapped inside. This is really helpful if your port starts to fog up from the inside.
Lastly, it’s a good idea to clean your housing thoroughly every couple of months. This will decrease the chances of your housing from leaking.
More about FTLF Finalist, Paul Greene
Favorite Surfer to Shoot: Dane Reynolds has always been my favorite to shoot. He gives me the opportunity to get a great photograph even when the surf and lighting is flat.
Daily Driver Camera: Canon 5D & 70200mm.
I find that I use this lens way more than any other because
of how versatile it is. It’s great for shooting landscapes to portraits and everything in between.
Heaviest Water Situation: Braking my leg while surfing rincon last year was definitely my heaviest water situation, and the funny thing was that the surf was only a couple of feet. Crawling across the rocks on low tide definitely made the situation worse though!
PreSesh Tunes: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, whatever I can find on the radio.
Favorite 80s Movie: Back to the Future
Everyone knows my name at: Summerland, Ca
Can’t camp without: Whenever I go camping I make sure and bring my Pentax K100 and a roll of Velvia 50
for night photography. It’s really fun going back to the roots and shooting a roll of film. The reward is much
greater when you do take a good photograph, and you also gain appreciation for your digital camera.
See the rest of the 2013 Follow the Light Finalists for the $5K photogrpahy grant in memory of Larry “Flame” Moore here