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.

b. Flash
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.

c. Housings
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.


Professional wakeboard photographers typically carry 2-3 Nikon F5 or Canon EOS-1v camera bodies, a 17-35mm/2.8 lens, 28-70mm/2.8 lens, 80-200mm/2.8 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.

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