Interview with Phil From Liquid Eye Water Housings by Katherine Nielsen


Can you tell me the story behind Liquid Eye?

Established in 1995, Liquid Eye is a European based company that builds splash water housings for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic DLSRs.

Our core market was and continues to be water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, wave skiing, sailing, fishing and power boating.

Liquid Eye was started by a professional water sports photographer Philippe Chevodian. A perfectionist by nature, Philippe felt the need to improve upon the water housings that were available at the time. Philippe began innovating and designing his own water housings to meet his exact standards and requirements.

As an editorial photographer, he travelled the world searching for new waves. During this period Philippe was continually improving and perfecting his equipment, which attracted the attention of fellow photographers who began asking Phil to build them water housings—and so began Liquid Eye.

Our production is primarily centred on ergonomics, functionality, as well as weight, all critical factors for optimising gear for action, water photography.

Image by  Jason Childs

Image by Jason Childs

Why should people buy your liquid eye housing?

Three reasons: terrific customer service, excellent reliability and cutting edge technology.

Which professional photographers use your product?

Our team includes:

Sebastian Rojas, the most well-known surf photographer in Brazil.

Tim McKenna, a renowned Aussie water sports photographer, based in Tahiti.

Jason Wolcott one of the top kite surfing photographers from California

Jason Childs one of the best and most well-known Australian surf photographers.

• Diogo D’Orey who is considered the best fisheye lens surf photographer in the world today.

Henrique Pinguim, a top echelon Brazilian surf photographer.

Keale Lemos a rising star from Oahu’s North Shore.

Tommy Schultz a talented travel and ocean photographer that shoots for airline companies and Nat Geo.

Do you currently have brand ambassadors?

We are in the process of launching an ambassador program very soon so keep your eyes out.

Which female ocean photographers are you predicting to have a successful career?

Maria Fernanda from Mexico and Anna Catarina from Rio are the ones we’ve heard good things about. But to be very honest, we do not know very well the photographer's scene nowadays. There are so many incredibly, talented photographers these days which is fantastic. We are still looking for a female in our team. We hope to find one soon.

Image by Kimberley from  Berlee Photography  of  Jack Nunn

Image by Kimberley from Berlee Photography of Jack Nunn

What sets you apart from other companies?

We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, and our leading edge technology. Compared to other major brands with similar technology, we are able to offer a more customisable product. We use Yellow as our main colour as it is easy to identify in the ocean, but our customers can select from a variety of tones.

We offer customisable packages that best suit’s your needs. We have a very unique pistol grip system developed from the very beginning of Liquid Eye, and we are the only company in the world to offer a 2 stage trigger with a long stroke between AF and shutter release which, when shooting in the water, is significant for the comfort of shooting.

Liquideye Water Housings

Where are your housings produced?

Our water housings are produced in Bali with some parts coming from France and other parts of Europe.

What are the standard controls, and do you offer customisation?

This depends on the water housing model. Some models are available in standard and advanced versions. The standard versions have few controls, while the advanced versions include the most useful controls for shooting in the water. Of course, if a customer requires it, for an additional cost, we can add extra controls. Some other models like our C6X00 range are only available with the full controls installed, but they remain very affordable compared to our competitors. Our website is full of information, and we even have a call centre for our customers in case they have issues figuring out what they need for their job.

Who are your favourite ocean photographers?

There have been many, but Jeff Divine, Aaron Chang, and Jeff Hornbaker are the names they come in mind when you speak about surf photography. More recently we admire Clark Little a lot for his fantastic work. We found many amazing talents nowadays, and social media are a real source of inspiration. There is now, because of social media, too many to name them all.

What is the warranty on your housings and ports?

All our water housing and accessories are warranted for one year.

Image By   Артём Гвоздулин    using a Liquideye Water housing

Image By Артём Гвоздулин using a Liquideye Water housing

What lenses do most people use for shooting surf photos?

The most popular is the fisheye lens. But we also sell a lot of small zoom ports such as the 17-35 range or 18-55 for prosumer cameras. Our zoom control is butter smooth, easy and efficient to use and because of this our customers like using their zoom lenses. This was not the case at the beginning. Mostly because zoom controls on other brands were not that easy to use. But now, people start to use it more and more. There is some sports were zoom control is really a big plus because of the speed of the subject they photograph. Sports like Kite surfing or Windsurfing are, and they go in every direction. Without reasonable zoom control, it is almost impossible to track them.

Image by    Артём Гвоздулин    using Liquideye Water housing

Image by Артём Гвоздулин using Liquideye Water housing

What depth can your housings go to?

We rate them to a depth of 10m, but some of our customers have gone deeper without any issues. Our housings are designed to float and are intended for action surface photography, not for diving.

Dive housings are designed differently for that application and are not well suited for action surface photography.

Image by  Tim McKenna  with Liquid Eye Water Housings

Image by Tim McKenna with Liquid Eye Water Housings

Where can I purchase a Liquid Eye water housing?

Only online for the moment at

We ship worldwide. Most of the time, we are able to ship for free. Depending on your total order.

Customer service is essential for any housing user can you guarantee an excellent customer experience when people purchase from you?

This is one of our strongest points. If you read reviews on the internet, you will see we respond to our customers’ needs quickly and reliably. Our customers also benefit from our extensive knowledge based on years of experience as water photographers. We can recommend the best equipment for your needs, offer helpful tips, and we always do our best to ensure our customers get the most out of their equipment.

We are a beach brand who from the very beginning, has been fully committed to water photography and we love it. Liquid Eye is not a major company with unlimited funds, made by some wealthy businessmen. We are a company who work’s closely with our customers, and we want to keep it that way, because this is our life. Our consumers are our most valuable assets, and we cherish them as if they were part of our own family.

Basic Surf Photography Inspiration Videos by Katherine Nielsen

I have lost my ocean photography mojo. I know it’s all part of the creative process. When this happens I usually start searching for things to inspire me. I have found these six videos that might help you when you are shooting in the Ocean or provide some inspiration to try something new.


BEN THOUARD created a new perspective from the ocean shooting underwater from inside a wave looking back at the landscape it took him a year to achieve this. His passion for the ocean, surfing, and windsurfing brought him to Teahupoo, Tahiti,

JULIA WHEELER - Canon Photography and underwater photograher

CAIT MIERS - Ocean and Lifestyle Photographer

ELIZABETH PEPIN SILVA professional surf photographer and filmmaker.

MICKEY SMITH - Dark side of the lens

Six Female Surf Photographers To Follow by Katherine Nielsen

Female Surf Photographers To Follow


Fascinated with photography since the age of eleven. Olivia is a freelance photographer who shares a great love for the ocean. Capturing the surf lifestyle with a unique and creative flair.  Her talent has been noticed by multiple brands making her a very successful photographer very early in her career.

Living in California, Olivia showcases the action as it happens. So much talent for such a young woman, definitely one to watch.

Shooting with:

Canon 7D Mark ii, 50mm 1.8, or my 18-135. SPL, with a 24-200 port + zoom control.



Female Surf Photographers


Sasha was originally an anti-drug police officer before making the transition to Ocean photography. Moving from Russia to Bali in 2014.

Her images seek to focus the attention directly on the surfer in the line-up. Ensuring she capture’s the facial expressions and technique that showcase a riders personality. Her images tell a story and her passion for the ocean is evident in her imagery.

Shooting With:

Canon 5D mark iii

Tamron 45mm 1.8

Aquatech Waterhousing



Female Surf Photographers To Follow


Living on the Northern beaches of Wollongong Mikala is inspired by her adventures, the ocean and the surf lifestyle Australia has to offer.

I adore Mikala’s style and the way she captures the essence of a person with her imagery.

Shooting with: Canon 5D and Aquatech Housing 



Female Surf Photographers To Follow


Larisa is supported by GoPro, Litragear and KNEKT Australia and produces some incredible ocean imagery.

Located on the Gold Coast where diving, meditation and conservation are among some of her greatest passions.



Female Surf Photographers To Follow


Hannah has worked all over the world spending time in tropical locations and her images showcase some of the most beautiful destinations on the planet. She draws inspiration from her travels and the passion she has for the ocean.

Finally settling in Brisbane after a very nomadic lifestyle. Hannah learnt to surf at 26 years old and it’s this drive that inspires her imagery. I am excited to watch her evolution this year.

Shooting with:

Nikon D750 in an Aquatech Waterhousing.



Female Surf Photographers To Follow


Ale is from Alicante, Spain and has had a camera in her hand since she was a teenager. Specialising in surf photography she has made this her full-time career for over a year now.

Shooting with:

Canon 7D mark II

SPL A-series waterhousing with the 50mm.




“If you are doing what you love then you’re doing what is right. Desire and passion resonate with your body, mind and soul. When you’re passionate you don’t question, judge, criticize, second-guess, or doubt. It’s that passion that will fuel the fire to overcome challenges.”
— Layne Beachley

Beginners Guide to Shooting In The Ocean by Hannah Prewitt

How to shoot in the ocean if you’re not a natural water person

Like many photographers out there, I did not grow up close to the ocean. We know that the sea can be a magnificent beast and is demands respect at all times. That doesn’t mean that you should restrict yourself when it comes to becoming an ocean photographer.

There are many different types of ocean photography – surf photography, shooting waves, animals, creating split underwater photos – but they all hold the same apprehension for a non-ocean goer. Having a basic understanding of the environment in which you intend to work is essential for all types of photography.

Here, I share my tips for how to get started, stay safe, and gain confidence when shooting in the ocean.

How to shoot in the ocean if you’re not a natural water person


When it comes to swimming from the beach, nothing keeps lifesavers busier than grabbing uninformed people out of rip currents. If you intend on taking photographs in the ocean, you MUST have a basic understanding of rip currents. Simply put, they are currents that flow strongly and quickly out to sea through the surf zone. Great if you’re a surfer and want to get out the back of the waves quickly; not so great if you’re a swimmer.

You can read more about rip currents, how to spot them, and how to get out of them on the Surf Life Saving Australia website.

Hannah Prewitt Photography in the Ocean

Ideally, of course, you want to avoid getting caught in one altogether, but lots of people do, and it doesn’t have to be the scariest day of your life. If you learnt how to recognise that you’re in one – i.e. you’re being dragged away from the beach exceptionally quickly – and you learnt how to get out of one – simply swim parallel to the beach rather than trying to fight the rip – then there’s no reason why you can’t quickly and safely return to shore. All you need to do is keep calm and take a second to think about what to do. Most people end up in sticky situations because they panic and act instinctively by trying to swim directly against the current.

How to shoot in the ocean if you’re not a natural water person

If you’re shooting from a boat, in open water or even on a reef, learn to recognise when the current is strong. From the surface, a dangerously strong flow can be identified by seeing smooth water suddenly interrupted by very rippled water. This means there is a LOT of water moving below the surface and it’s best to avoid these conditions altogether. As a rule of thumb, currents tend to be strongest at low or high tide (especially during spring tides), so swimming around the mid-tide is usually best.

TIP - if you’re going to be shooting in the ocean, wear fins. Even the best swimmer with a camera in hand would struggle to swim out of a strong current without fins on. Get some that fit you nicely and don’t rub. I can highly recommend some from DaFin Australia

How to shoot in the ocean if you’re not a natural water person

Big waves

The next thing that makes venturing into the ocean for a newbie quite scary is big waves. There is an amazingly simple way to avoid this. Don’t go out in them. Start small. In fact, if you’re really not confident in the ocean, start by going out in flat water. Get used to swimming around. Then venture into the surf zone on a minimal day. Get used to the feeling of getting hit by a little white water. Practice ducking under the waves when they come at you, as this is what you’ll need to do when you end up swimming in bigger waves. With fins on, this is pretty easy to do but does require a little bit of timing. You want to make sure you dive under early enough to get under the white water properly. When you master this, it’s an incredible feeling being close to the sand and watching the wave roll over your head. It can also make for some great photos.

How to shoot in the ocean if you’re not a natural water person

TIP – make sure you don’t get caught out by big waves by understanding surf forecasts, like one from Magic Seaweed. Practice looking at the forecast, and then going to the beach to know how the prediction presents. They are usually pretty accurate, but with time, you’ll get used to what the forecast says, and what the waves will look like.

TIP – wear fin savers. Fins are only useful if they’re on your feet. If they get knocked off by a big wave, fin savers will keep them attached to your ankles so you can put them back on and keep swimming.


Are we going to talk about sharks? I understand that one of the biggest fears when it comes to swimming in the ocean (especially in Australia) can be sharks. However, that may be because you’ve watched movies about them, and never actually swam with them (an experience I highly recommend). When it comes to shooting in water where sharks are often present, merely avoid swimming at dusk and dawn (when sharks tend to feed), avoid swimming close to river mouths (where bull sharks hang out), and avoid swimming during massive fish migrations or during unusual events, such as a whale carcass floating close to shore. Other than that, if you’re fortunate enough to see a shark, take a great photo.


Questions To Ask Before Committing To A Photography Workshop by Katherine Nielsen

Photo by  charley pangus  on  Unsplash

You want to improve your imagery and what better way to do this than to attend a Photography workshop. Before you commit, I have some suggestions.

I have participated in a few workshops and unfortunately walked away feeling incredibly disappointed. I have also had some incredible learning experience's and this was what I found important when trying to decide on the right workshop.

Photography workshops are a considerable investment, and there is nothing worse than leaving the experience feeling like it was a massive waste of time and money. Especially, after paying thousands of dollars to attend. The internet is literally flooded with photographers offering photo tours, experiences and workshops all of which offer differing levels of tuition.

Being an industry expert will not always mean you are able to deliver a workshop that adds value to someone’s photography journey. Some of the best learning experiences I have had have been from free photography meets.

Before committing to a workshop, I would suggest asking these questions first and if you are still unsure I have provided links to workshops and online courses that come highly recommended or I have personally attended.


Make sure you are completely informed about the total costs of a workshop. This should be clearly stated. A $5000 photography workshop can easily blow out to $10k when flights, meals and transport to the venue are not included.

Will this translate to money well spent if your expectations are not meet?


6-8 People really is enough if you are shooting out on location. Ask the person taking the workshop how they will ensure equal time with participants. Something that really irritates me are those people who literally take all the time from the instructor while everyone else is left to their own devices.

If you are all paying the same, you need to feel like you are getting the same value from your experience. Not everyone is an extrovert and introverted people will never stand up and request assistance. Understanding different personality types is essential so that you are able to cater for each learning style. A good trainer will be able to identify that they are spending too much time with one individual and wrap it up to avoid participant frustration.


Attending a workshop where you meet up at a location and then get told to shoot with no tuition or direction is such a lazy way to conduct a workshop. If you have paid to spend time with industry leaders, I would expect they are there every step of the way to guide you and provide you with their expertise. After all, this is what you paid for.

So if you are shooting in the water, they should be right there with you showing you their learned techniques. If your shooting landscapes, I would hope they are there with you guiding your possible compositions and suggesting different methods not sending you off to shoot without them.


Make sure there are a clear timetable and structure to the learning. Guidelines that clearly identify what will covered during the workshop will ensure you can establish clear goals for your learning.

Some people like a relaxed approach to workshops but if you are like me, I go to soak up as much knowledge as possible. Make sure you have an itinerary that has been carefully planned. Not just thrown together last minute and if things change they need to be communicated to everyone, so they know where to meet if the location changes.


A key to a great workshop, I feel is having access to on-going support from your tutor, within reason. There is nothing worse than not being able to follow up with any lingering questions you forgot to ask at the time.


Being an expert in your field doesn't always mean you will be able to deliver a course to people successfully. Some people are born teachers, and others really should not even attempt it.

The greatest thing I ask anyone who provides a workshop especially if someone pays for the experience is to develop your skills as an educator. People have come to you to learn and improve their skills, it is essential that you can provide a course that is catered to the multiple styles of learning.

NEVER make the experience so unpleasant that you turn people off something they are passionate about.


This is such a great question. The best way to judge a workshop is whether someone would be prepared to come back to another photography experience hosted by the same photographer.


There is nothing worse than an unprepared workshop host who hasn’t considered the potential for weather changes.


Note pads and pens to record anything discussed at the workshop are simple but important learning tools. Most importantly having a resource of everything that will be covered during the experience so you can revisit it later. 

It also shows that significant effort has been made to provide learning tools for multiple learning styles. A USB of everything that was delivered would be sufficient.


Ask what knowledge you will gain and what they will do if you don’t understand what is being delivered.


How much of your money can you get back if your plans change? Are you able to reschedule and apply the fees you have already paid to another workshop?

If you give reasonable notice can you get a full-refund.

Additionally, will they refund you if the workshop doesn't meet your expectations.


Attending a workshop aimed at all levels only to find that isn’t the case can be very frustrating if you are a beginner and the tutor is catering for intermediate to advanced participants it can leave you feeling overwhelmed.


There are multiple camera systems out there and everyone is set-up differently some people may be new to their camera equipment that is why they are there to learn. If you are teaching and you don’t know other systems you need to find out before providing a course, because saying you don’t work with a certain system, frankly isn’t good enough.

If you are offering ocean workshops you need to know all the in’s and outs of each housing system and how to put them together confidently with your students.


The best way to establish if a workshop is worthwhile is through word of mouth. I have added several online photography and tour experiences for various locations that I have attended myself and also have been recommended by other photographers.

Photo by  Brooke Lark  on  Unsplash

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

How to Care for your Water Housing by Katherine Nielsen


I talk to Issac from Aquatech to establish the best way to care for your housing.

When do you recommend the water housing to be serviced  and how often ?

We recommend having your housing serviced every 1-2 years, depending on how often it is being used. If you're an every day or multiple times a week user, then definitely every 12 months if not more frequently. If you use it less than that, then just use your judgement as to how often you feel it should be getting serviced. If you experience any other issues with our housing then you should get in touch with our team on or call one of our offices.

What do you recommend as the best way to care for your housing?

Treat your housing the same way you would treat your camera or lenses. If they get salt water on them, you clean them, do the same with your water housing. Soak and rinse it in a tub or bucket of fresh water after every session. A good time to do this is while you are downloading your images onto your computer after your session. Then dry it off completely and store in a cool dry area, with the backplate and ports stored detached from the housing. Have your housing serviced every 1-2 years as well to make sure it is in perfect working order.

You are straight out of the ocean what is the first thing you should do ?

Dry the housing off and keep it in the shade until you can get it home to carry out the above instructions.

The grease you provide where should and shouldn’t this be used?

Use the provided o-ring grease to help lubricate any sticky controls. Apply a small amount to the button shaft and press the button in and out repeatedly to help loosen the control. There is no need to use the grease on the main front and back o-rings, however a small amount can be applied to the front o-ring to help reduce friction when tightening ports.

What is the most common cause of leaks?

Without a doubt user error. 99.99% of leaks can be avoided by taking your time to setup your gear properly and water test your equipment as recommended in all of our instructions. If you carry out the water tests correctly, then you will notice when there is a setup issue and prevent a major leak. All of our products go through a strict QC procedure and have been water tested multiple times before they ever leave our warehouse, so it is the responsibility of the user to follow the instructions thoroughly and protect their equipment.


How do you prevent rusting and if you notice some what should you do to prevent it?

Firstly, you need to understand there is a difference between rust and surface staining. It can be common to see what looks like rust appear on some parts of your housing after only a few sessions. This is more of a surface stain than actual rusting, as we use marine grade stainless steel so the parts will not be rusting and weakening due to salt water exposure. The stains can generally be cleaned off pretty easily. There is no way to prevent this, but it is not to be viewed as a problem as the staining does not affect the integrity of the parts. You're more likely to loose or damage a part by trying to carry out repairs or maintenance on these things, then they are to ever cause your housing any issue. When you send your housing in for servicing our technicians will look over your housing completely and have the experience to decide any appropriate action on this issue.

If in doubt regarding any issue with your AquaTech equipment, get in touch with our team and we are only too happy to help answer questions or provide advice on gear recommendations. You can head to the contact page on our website to look up our phone numbers, or email us at

Seven Photography Websites To Improve Your Imagery by Katherine Nielsen

The Wandering Lens Lisa is a travel photographer whose blog is full of stunning images from all around the world. The tutorials are really easy to follow and are a great resource for improving your images. With the addition of photography focused travel guides, which are beautifully curated. This is the prefect blog to inspire your next travel destination.


Mikko Lagerstedt His images are breathtaking and highly emotive. Mikko has some brilliant resources to improve your photography and also offers amazing workshops.


Project Inspo Jinna’s blog offers inspiration and helpful information about how to turn your passion into a career. Travelling the world and capturing her journey to share with you. I really resonate with her ocean captures and her story telling ability. I personally find Jinna inspiring and I am sure you will find her website offers some great resources for your photography. Jinna has created a really beautiful ebook to assist your photography journey which is available on her site.


Hannah Prewitt  Hannah has been a huge inspiration for me. Her ocean photography is really captivating. Not to mention she started surfing at the age of 28, which I think is badass and courageous. Her blog showcases her beautiful ocean images and offers techniques on how to shoot in and out of the Ocean. Hannah inspired me to move my photography into the ocean. I know this blog will offer you a new photography perspective and spark your creativity


Lauren Bath An ex chef, turned full-time Photographer has created an amazing course to kick start your photography journey. As the first professional instagrammer. Lauren has a wealth of knowledge to share and her passion for photography shines through. This blog is full of stunning images from around the world.


The Outdoor Photographer If you are after editing tips, product reviews and some professional photographers perspectives this website has it all. With photography tips from landscape to sport.


Thephoblographer showcasing the psychological principle behind photography. This blog focuses on the photographers mind, which can help you understand what makes a great image. Full of tutorials, product reviews and some really helpful photography tips and tricks.


Five alternatives to instagram for Creatives by Katherine Nielsen

The realisation that Facebook and Instagram are turning us into dopamine addicts. Has people seeking alternatives to showcase their creativity in a more meaningful, healthy and productive way. Unsurprisingly there are some fantastic options available.

YouPic  is an app designed for photography enthusiasts. A community that inspires while reaching a global audience.  This app caters for Professionals as well as amateur photographers. You are able to learn with intuitive courses available in all categories of photography. Get photography tips and see stats of your progress. YouPic, is designed to take your photography to the next level.  Over 1,5 million people are currently using YouPic.

YouPic is an app designed for photography enthusiasts. A community that inspires while reaching a global audience.

This app caters for Professionals as well as amateur photographers.
You are able to learn with intuitive courses available in all categories of photography. Get photography tips and see stats of your progress. YouPic, is designed to take your photography to the next level.

Over 1,5 million people are currently using YouPic.

Ello  is touted as the app for Creators. This platform includes all genres of creative expression including writing. It is the anti-Facebook. Which is why I love it.

Ello is touted as the app for Creators. This platform includes all genres of creative expression including writing. It is the anti-Facebook. Which is why I love it.

EyeEm  this is an image sharing app that also put you images up for sale so you can make money from your work and connect with other like minded creatives. It has a much better feel than instagram and who doesn’t want to make a bit of extra money if you’re not already selling your work.

EyeEm this is an image sharing app that also put you images up for sale so you can make money from your work and connect with other like minded creatives. It has a much better feel than instagram and who doesn’t want to make a bit of extra money if you’re not already selling your work.

500px  is an app for photographers to discover and share incredible photos, gain worldwide exposure, and get paid for your work. Be inspired to push your boundaries creatively with a supportive community of over 15 million people. No memes, feature accounts or selfies just really epic photographs !!

500px is an app for photographers to discover and share incredible photos, gain worldwide exposure, and get paid for your work. Be inspired to push your boundaries creatively with a supportive community of over 15 million people. No memes, feature accounts or selfies just really epic photographs !!

Dayflash  is designed to inspire the world through aesthetics and creative expression. It's focused on putting the creator first, sharing amazing content and connecting with like minded people who share the same passions as you. I don’t find this as user friendly as instagram but it has some definite potential. 

Dayflash is designed to inspire the world through aesthetics and creative expression. It's focused on putting the creator first, sharing amazing content and connecting with like minded people who share the same passions as you. I don’t find this as user friendly as instagram but it has some definite potential. 

Have you tried any of these alternatives, what are your thoughts on these apps ?