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Interview with Tony Cruz

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So to wrap out our little segment on surf videos here, I've tried it surfing and it is difficult but typically on land.

Interview with Tony Cruz

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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  1. 9m 49s
    1. Tips for lighting an interview subject
      9m 49s
  2. 2m 8s
    1. Intro to Pro Video Tips
      2m 8s
  3. 17m 27s
    1. Controlling reflections in glass
      4m 7s
    2. Managing color with polarizers
      2m 32s
    3. Using a polarizer to adjust skin tones
      2m 0s
    4. Using polarizers when shooting landscapes
      4m 42s
    5. Ten polarizer tips
      4m 6s
  4. 14m 34s
    1. Supplies to get to hide lav mics
      2m 13s
    2. Hiding lavs in collars
      5m 16s
    3. Hiding mics in hair
      2m 17s
    4. Hiding mics in sheer tops
      2m 40s
    5. Hiding transmitter packs on talent
      2m 8s
  5. 34m 25s
    1. Canon C100 overview
      11m 33s
    2. Looking at the Atomos Ninja
      12m 20s
    3. Checking out the C100 menu options
      10m 32s
  6. 10m 28s
    1. Ten tips for set safety
      10m 28s
  7. 9m 18s
    1. Packing a truck
      9m 18s
  8. 19m 24s
    1. Putting together your lens kit
      1m 0s
    2. Normal lenses
      1m 54s
    3. Wide lenses
      3m 5s
    4. Ultra-wide and fish-eye lenses
      2m 53s
    5. Telephoto lenses
      4m 53s
    6. Super zooms
      2m 54s
    7. Macro lenses
      2m 45s
  9. 17m 22s
    1. The importance of exposure
      1m 31s
    2. Using waveforms
      5m 3s
    3. Using histograms
      6m 53s
    4. Using zebra stripes
      3m 55s
  10. 10m 20s
    1. Shutter speed overview
      3m 18s
    2. Different ways to use shutter speed
      7m 2s
  11. 10m 29s
    1. Tips for keeping your budget down
      10m 29s
  12. 10m 11s
    1. Working with batteries
      10m 11s
  13. 24m 39s
    1. External audio settings
      4m 2s
    2. Audio input menus
      9m 31s
    3. Audio output menus
      4m 6s
    4. Setting and monitoring your levels
      7m 0s
  14. 16m 33s
    1. Introduction to backlight
      1m 18s
    2. Types of backlight
      3m 51s
    3. Exposing for backlit shots
      5m 31s
    4. Backlighting translucent object
      1m 39s
    5. Avoiding lens flare and wash out
      4m 14s
  15. 13m 28s
    1. Booming techniques
      13m 28s
  16. 5m 42s
    1. Feeding your crew
      5m 42s
  17. 8m 36s
    1. Choosing between prime, servo, and manual zoom lenses
      5m 19s
    2. Running and gunning with prime lenses
      3m 17s
  18. 10m 55s
    1. Green screen lights and materials
      3m 47s
    2. Mounting the green screen
      1m 39s
    3. Lighting the green screen
      3m 8s
    4. Lighting your subject
      2m 21s
  19. 9m 28s
    1. What to look for when buying a tripod
      6m 13s
    2. Working with monopods
      3m 15s
  20. 23m 19s
    1. Choosing a camera
      3m 2s
    2. Preparation and supplies for a surf shoot
      2m 13s
    3. Dealing with lens fog
      1m 44s
    4. Mounting your POV camera
      3m 20s
    5. Tracking and shooting your surfer from the shore
      6m 56s
    6. Interview with Tony Cruz
      6m 4s
  21. 8m 37s
    1. Introduction to lens mounts
      1m 24s
    2. Canon mounts
      2m 0s
    3. PL mounts
      1m 59s
    4. Nikon mounts
      1m 24s
    5. Micro 4/3 mounts
      1m 50s
  22. 7m 30s
    1. Introduction to lighting ratios
      1m 19s
    2. Comparing ratios
      2m 52s
    3. Measuring light ratios
      3m 19s
  23. 10m 25s
    1. Ten Looks in Ten Minutes
      10m 25s
  24. 5m 36s
    1. Using camera height and POV to better tell your story
      5m 36s

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