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So to wrap out our little segment on surf videos here, I thought we should talk to the man himself. So I'm sitting here with surf video image maker and photographer, Tony Cruz. I want to talk to Tony, to get some of his techniques. because he's done way more of this stuff than me and I know he's got a few good things to share with you. So, first thing I want to talk about, Tony, is just your choice of cameras. We shot that segment using the GoPro and I shot from the shore. But I know that you also use other cameras. So, tell me a little bit about what cameras you use when you're shooting surf videos and taking your photos.
>> I typically use, for my boards, a GoPro. And the one that I use is actually the Silver Edition. And that camera, I like to have it on the front end of my board, mounted, you know, either facing up towards me or, you know, there are times where I turn it around and just even face the perspective of looking at the direction I'm going on the wave. For shooting, like say I'm just wanting to swim around in the water, I use the Watershot housing for my iPhone. >> Okay. >> Now, this housing is the Watershot housing for an iPhone 5. And pretty much the thing about this set up is that you have to actually download it at Watershot's app to get the same fulling functioning.
>> 'Kay. >> And just like anything with a water-housing it has a trigger to take a photo. I can also play around with changing it to video and both photo modes. So at times I'll. >> So you can change video to photo modes with just that? >> Yes. >> Oh, so the app somehow corresponds to where these touch on the screen. >> Yeah, exactly. >> Okay, I was wondering about that. So that's really unique. So with this WaterShot housing, you don't have to. I was, I was debating the other day because I thought you might of had to start your video before you put it in there. I'm, like, that's a lot of wasted media time. >> No, no, no. >> Okay. >> What's real great is, yeah, you can actually switch out both video, you can switch it out to video or photo.
And I can actually do it, different timed, like, if I wanted to do, like, a time lapse setting or even a burst setting, I can, I can do all that from the outside of the camera, not. It doesn't have to be pre-done, so it's a really cool function that Water Shot has incorporated into their app, so I usually set it up if I want to shoot video and get the shots that I need. >> Now, do you use this while you're on the board, or do you just get in the water separate to record your friends. How you usually actually use that? >> I typically like to surf and have this with me but as you can tell, it's not the smallest piece of hardware, you know? So, it's a pretty big housing.
It makes it difficult for surfing. Every once in a while, I, I do take it out and maybe tuck it into my suit or whatever. But I typically use it when I am you know, say, body surfing or if I am just wanting to be you know, right there on the ocean You know, where it's shallow and get shots of people surfing by me or whatever. So mostly if stationary on land. I've tried it surfing and it is difficult but typically on land. >> Now I want to talk about some other stuff too. Because this case comes with more than one lens. Is that correct? >> Yeah. >> So it's not just an iPhone camera but.
>> So this is the pro model of the Water Shot and it actually comes with two lenses. And I actually have the super wide right here and this one right is the 32 mm. >> Okay. >> So this lens is your standard Water Shot lens that comes with this housing. Now, there is another model that's standard, it doesn't have the interchangeable lens. The housing is just as solid, so I highly recommend that as well. I wanted to have the capability to switching out lens so I bought you known the, the pro model that gives me two lenses.
>> Okay. Now, you've been surfing for a long time. So I'm thinking that you've used a number of cameras. >> Mm-hm. >> What would you say, off the top of your head are the pros and cons between the GoPro and using something like that waterproof housing. >> Well I love the GoPro, how small it is, how you can have it mounted on your board. But, one thing that I've run in to lately is that the GoPro's battery life tends to burn out quickly. It is a bummer, but at the same time, like anything you use, electronics, they are going to die out. So same thing with the wat, the Water Shot housing with the iPhone.
As much as I use it, as much as I run video, it does burn the battery life a lot quicker. And with the Water Shot housing, the phone is turned on the whole time, so again. >> Turned on and in video mode. >> It- >> It burns up a lot? >> It burns out, yeah. It burns up a lot. So, yeah back to the GoPro, I love the size of it, it's great. You can use it for multifunctional things. It's just a really cool, small camera that you can kind of bring anywhere. And you know, you gotta be creative with it too, you can mount it on all different parts of your surfboard, you know I've.
Heard people, once they get their boards shaved, they actually have a GoPro mount shaped into their boards. So which is interesting. >> Wow. >> People are getting really creative with it, so. >> Now, I wanted to ask you about that. because once you put a mount on a board like this, does that kind of like ruin your board? Is the mount there for life? Honestly, it's non-destructive. It's a really sticky adhesive that, that fits right there on the board. You know, If anything you want to take it off, use just a little bit of heat on there and it pulls right off. So it's non destructive. It's.
>> Okay, Okay. So it's not a permanent thing per say. >> No, its not permanent at all. >> So now you always put yours on the front, do you ever try other angles like on the back of the board or. I guess you couldn't put it underneath of the board but maybe on the back or something like that. >> Well, you know, it's something to try out. Why not try, get that little perspective under the board. I've never done that, but it's definitely an option. Mounting it on the back I've seen footage from that. It looks really great. I personally have never done it but you're sparking an interest in me in wanting to try that, so okay, maybe. >> Okay. Do you have any philosophy when it comes to shooting, you know, images of surfers or just, you know, shooting on the water this type of water sports.
>> You know, I, I kind of have that engraved in my head, is just shoot. Anytime you capture a moment or even with stills, it captures something that you're not typically seeing in everyday photography so. That's pretty sweet. >> Well that's Tony Cruz and a few minutes with the man you saw out there on the surfboard. Check out his surf photography course on lynda.com. It was excellent, blew me away and a lot of good tips there. I'll see you guys next time on pro video tips
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