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Camera House : Better Pictures 11
Shockproof to 1.5 metres, waterproof to 10 metres and freezeproof to -10 degrees, Canon’s next gen all weather camera, the D20, is the ideal companion for the surf, snow or skate park. A new anti-fog lens is a great addition and the built-in GPS lets you log your journey via Google Maps. Equipped with an altimeter, barometer and built-in GPS, the DMC-FT4 is waterproof (12m), shockproof (2m) and able to withstand temps to -10 degrees. Armed with a Leica lens, full HD recording and Panasonic’s iA (intelligent Auto) system, it’s easy to use straight out of the box. With a super fast zoom lens with an f/2.0 aperture and a reinforced 3-inch OLED screen, the TG-1 provides great image clarity. It features new A-GPS technology and it’s waterproof (12m), freezeproof (-10 degrees) and shockproof (2m) as well as being able to withstand pressure up to 100kg! OUTDOOR essenTials CANON D20 PANAsONiC Lumix DmC-FT4 OLymPus TG-1 Collins explains: “The preparation for me starts with weather maps, looking at storms in different parts of the world and trying to predict where the surf is going to be good. Then rechecking all of my waterproof stuff, ringing different surfers, organising flights and so on. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated for everyone. Some of my best shots are at the beach in front of my house with no planning involved.” Apart from the logistics in an underwater shoot, Collins also says different rules can come into play in terms of composition and playing with the light. “Underwater, specifically, is a lot different to shooting on land. Your focusing distance is very short, you’re actually focusing on a ‘virtual image’ due to the small amount of air inside the port and the distance from your lens to the element, so it’s not a true to life image.” The smallest of elements can also destroy a shot. “Water droplets can ruin a photo, so you have to keep spitting and licking the front element of the ports to combat that. I notice that after a few hours of treading water with 15kg of camera gear I start to get cramps, so for me stretching and having good fitness is important. Also, sunscreen, even when it is cloudy. “To combat glare and things like that I always expose for the highlights. It’s important to get sURf’s Up! GeT The shOT On lanD OR sea picTURe 1 Experiment with different angles; walking to one end of the beach can change a surf image dramatically. picTURe 2 Small waves are best when shooting underwater; focus should be set at around 1ft. picTURe 3 Using a slow shutter speed can give the image a sense of abstract movement. picTURe 4 Take the time to compose the scene; it will turn an okay shot into a great shot. picTURe 5 Don’t be afraid of getting right into the thick of the action; it can mean running on dry sand at times. picTURe 1 picTURe 2 picTURe 3 Feature waterworks 27 026_Bpics11_Underwater_v2.indd 27 27/11/12 2:04 PM
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