Learning To Use A Camera Housing

Randomly came across a used housing for my Canon T1I. I’ve always been interested in water photography but never really dove into it because the equipment is expensive and when the waves are good I’ve been surfing.

It was a coincidence that one of the only housings online was a perfect fit for my camera body, and it was located in San Diego. As soon as I got a hold of the cool dude selling it, I bought it.

Took it out for the first time and had so much fun. Never having used a water housing before, I was confused about what camera settings to use. Ended up setting 1/1000 shutter speed, auto aperture, and fixing my 18-55 lens at 24mm manual.

The surf was one foot, maybe smaller. Out of the 100 or so photos I took, only a handful were in focus because my f-stop was firing at 3.5, meaning my depth of field (area in focus) was only 3 feet at about 12 feet away.

I’m looking forward to making a bunch more mistakes soon, so I can learn more about the camera settings before the surf gets good. Looking to improve my 5/100 in focus ratio!

Anyway, just so stoked to have found another creative and healthy outlet to add to surfing, diving, guitar, trekking, snowboarding, fishing, traveling, building a website… Helps keep life refreshing.

Parting with local WindanSea lineup shot. Heading back to Hawaii in the morning.

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