DigitalRev’s Cheap Camera Challenges are a big hit here at PetaPixel. Watching a pro use a less-than-capable camera to try and create something worthwhile is both hilarious and educationally valuable. Case in point: check out what cinematographer Phillip Bloom was able to do with a Barbie Camera and some creativity.
But now, we’re getting a real treat. In the video above, professional photographer Chase Jarvis turns the tables on DigitalRev’s Kai Wong by giving him only a GoPro Hero3+ to recreate a photo Jarvis shot using a Hasselblad.
The episode is actually a mix of DigitalRev’s Fake a Big Shot and Cheap Camera Challenge. Kai is given the task or recreating Jarvis’ well-known diver photo using only a GoPro Hero3+. To add to the madness, he has only 8 hours to find a pool, get the gear and recreate the image.
We won’t spoil the fun, but as you can see, Kai does a pretty great job of it given his limitations. Sure, the GoPro isn’t a bad still camera at all (especially when you compare it to, say, the Buzz Lightyear camera they gave David Hobby) but the pool he had to work with was only ~6 feet at its deepest, and the WiFi wouldn’t connect through water and so he had to get into the freezing pool himself.