Dave Nilsen Photography | FAQ ( Frequently asked Questions)

What camera gear do you shoot with?

Right now I am using a Canon 7d and a 5d Mark 3 for camera bodies.  I shoot all my water shots in an Essex Waterhousing.  The lenses I use are a Canon 100-400L Zoom lens, Canon 50mm 1.4, Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye, and a Rokinon 24mm 1.4 .  I use a 10 stop BW Neutral Density Filter for my long exposures.

Do you use a Gopro?

Yes I do, I use it for taking video when I'm shoot fisheye but not for stills.

How do you keep water drops off your port?

For a dome port spit and lick the port a lot before you get in the water.  For a flat port I use a squeegee that I attached to my housing and wipe the water away before every shot.

Did you Major in Photography?

No,  I majored in Geography with a concentration in Geo-science.  I took a few photography classes but, I figured out how to use my camera by reading the manual and Post Processing by using the internet and trial and error.