a. Light meter
If you want to get serious about photography and you have an SLR or other
full-manual camera, a light meter is a great purchase. Often, the built-in
meters of cameras can be fooled by dark water or bright skies, resulting
in washed-out or dark photos. A light meter will enable you to accurately
gauge how bright it is outside, and will provide a recommendation of what
shutter speed and f-stop (aperature) to use. This is almost mandatory when
shooting slide film, and is a must for consistently producing properly
exposed images. One meter that is very popular among wakeboard
photographers is the Sekonic
L-508. It is
water resistant, and has o-rings to protect all of the components.
A flash will be useless for most wakeboard photography, as the light from
the flash probably won't travel from the boat to the rider 75ft away
unless you have a powerful flash or are using higher ISO film.
However, if you are shooting from a tube or taking slider pictures from
close to the slider (not moving), then a flash may come in handy.
Most serious wakeboard photographers have plexiglass housings custom-built
for their SLRs. This enables them to take photos from a tube under the
rider, where the camera would certainly get wet without a housing. These
range in price from $500 to $2,000. A very good place to have a housing
built is Sea
Research. Shooting from a
tube will let you get new angles for shots, as from-the-boat shots
sometimes get boring. Other water housing manufacturers include AquaTech,
Ewa-Marine, and Ikelite.
WHAT THE PROFESSIONALS CARRY
Professional wakeboard photographers typically carry 2-3 Nikon
EOS-1v camera bodies, a 17-35mm/2.8 lens, 28-70mm/2.8 lens,
lens, 300mm/2.8 lens, several flashes, and at least 20 rolls of film. They
also may have a 16mm fisheye lens, radio flash
triggers, tripods/monopods, and a waterproof camera housing.