Recently, I have receive some questions regarding the type of gear I use while out on the water. Below are the items I use and description as to where they fit in. I don’t always take every one of them out on the water together, but sometimes it’s a must to get the right shot.
Canon T4i with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art Lens:
This is my go to set-up for important hi-resolution shots. I just recently picked up the lens and have been very impressed with it. With a lot of my fishing taking place early morning and late at night this lens and it’s f/1.8 aperture is excellent for that. Another feature I like is the internal focusing mechanism, which helps to keep out moisture, salt and sand. This set up also has a non-rotating front ring, which means you can “set and forget” your circular polarizing filter
when out on the water.
For taking shots a night, I use the Canon EX-RT Speedlite. It provide additional autofocus assist beam, that assists with a faster focus response in low light situations. For those times you are not shooting at night, always make sure to use your lens hood when shooting with this and other telephoto lenses on the water during the day. You don’t want to ruin the perfect shot with a lens flare.
Link: Sigma 18-35mm Art Lens
Nikon COOLPIX AW130
For days when I know that I will be dealing with inclement conditions, this is a great camera to use. It is waterproof, shoots great photos and video, both above and below the water’s surface. I have had other point and shoot cameras in the past, and this one makes shooting on the water even more enjoyable. One of the other features I appreciate about this camera, is its Wi-Fi feature. As soon as I take a photo, I can upload it to my phone, edit and then email it or post it to social media. This is great for being on or off the water. It allows me to share photos instantly with friends and family around the globe right from the boat. In the background is the silicone jacket. It provides extra grip and protection.
Link: Nikon AW130
Sony HDR-AS100V Action Cam
Currently, I have two of these and have been extremely impressed with them. I use these on the kayak, one mounted in the front and one mounted on a boom behind and above my head. They are easily linked to a smartphone or can be controlled with a remote. Using one to shoot stills while the other is shooting video, is a great set-up. Many have ask why the Sony over the GoPro and the answer is simple, money. I was able to buy 2 of these for what I would have paid for just 1 GoPro. Plus, the Sony Action Cam has a “Splash Proof” case which allows it to be used outside of it’s waterproof housing when mounted on the kayak or boat. The Action Cam also has a built-in SteadyShot image stabilization. This makes it nice when using the camera on a bike ride or with a drone. The Action Cam also has a lot of after market accessories that make it possible to use it with any GoPro mounting system. When you are looking to do some underwater video, Sony makes a dive housing with a flat lens, to sharpen the image and allow for use down to 60m (197ft).
Link: Sony HDR-AS-100V
Like every photographer, I always like to take the best photographs or videos possible. However, sometimes it just simply doesn’t make sense to take all this gear. For those instances, I just use my iPhone6. It shoots HD video, photos and even 240fps slow-motion. Feel free to take a look at the links above to see more of the technical details on the products mentioned and please leave comments or questions below and I will get back to you.