Location, Location, Location
"Action cameras are changing the way we shoot," says professional photographer Ben Hicks. "Especially in the towing environment, we had limits on what we could do. I'm looking for new angles: something different and unique. Action cameras are so small and light that I can get them in areas I just can't get a DSLR. When I'm on assignment, I have to shoot with the DSLR." He often rides on a tube, either in front of or behind a wakeboarder, shooting with his Canon EOS 1DX and a wide lens in a waterproof housing. When he shoots from the boat, telephoto lenses frame riders closer than an action camera is capable of. But Hicks also shoots with four GoPros. "I want to get every angle possible," he says, which he captures using sticky-back camera mounts, a 2-foot pole with a swivel head, or by mounting a camera on the tow rope 5 to 10 feet ahead of the rider. The key is checking and adjusting camera positions on the fly, he says. "The ability to immediately preview what you just shot, without removing the card or connecting to a smartphone — that's a huge advantage of the newest cameras."