If you've ever wondered how surfers, water photographers, and marine daredevils get those incredible images from deep inside the heaving bowels of deathly, cavernous waves and want to know how you can do it too, find out exactly how it's done here.
As technology has developed, the vantage points that we, as the viewers, are able to experience now have reached heights we could never have imagined just a few decades ago. We see it with BASE jumpers, rock climbers, cave explorers, and especially surfers. The pinnacle of any surfer will always be to ride deep inside the wave as it breaks overhead. However, for most novice surfers, this is an experience that is never achieved, because it's both difficult and dangerous. But now, thanks to technology, we can all get close to feeling the exact sensations and views that those highly skilled surfers can get when they ride deep inside the "tube," sometimes for minutes at a time. But how do surfers get the shots and the footage that viewers across the globe go crazy for? In this video, former pro surfer turned videographer Brett Barley walks us through his exact setup, including things such as the camera, mount, breathing techniques, and a dozen settings on his GoPro Hero 7. Barley is an amazing tube rider, so watching him talk us through his techniques and then seeing it come together in his footage is very enjoyable.
I use a big waterhousing for my Canon 7D Mark II, so it was interesting watching this and seeing that many techniques used with a GoPro overlap. What have been your experiences using either GoPros or different water camera systems? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.