Chase Jarvis Gives DigitalRev’s Kai Wong a Taste of His Own Cheap Camera Medicine

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.

So, whether you want some laughs or you want to learn a thing or two, check out the video at the top and then click here for more Fake a Big Shot fun or here for more Cheap Camera Challenges.

(via Reddit)

  • Joshua Tobias George Barrett

    I have to say, I really like Kai’s shot! I like the softness of it in comparison to Chase’s original, it has quite a painterly appearance.

  • l0k

    I actually prefer Kai’s..

  • mick

    Kai’s is better, HA!

  • bonka

    Having not seen the film, there is no doubt in my eyes that Kais shot is better in every sense. The framing, moment, color balance, detail(I’m referring to the image I can see here, not the original), exposure, and even the dynamic range is better (?!) Kai’s picture is not not blown out, not green, and is generally more pleasing to the eye. Chases photo is just a big splash with a black thing, Kai’s looks like a diver. Are you guys sure you didn’t get the credits mixed up?

  • markosberndt

    That was entertaining and fun to watch the process. Both images are quite good.

  • Stefan Nilsson

    Probably one of the best photos I’ve seen from Kai. Would love to see a comparison before and after it went through Photoshop though.

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  • Julian Jones

    I’ve practiced this back in Jun 2013 with my GoPro Hero 3 Black. And I too had issues with the wifi not working underwater, even when the remote was underwater next to it. But, I did work around it by having the gopro set to shoot video in 4k cin which is 12 fps, and just practiced my jumps in the water, and then pulled the frame that had the best visual. I mounted the camera to the ladder by using the underwater wrist mount for the camera. And used MPEG Sequencer to export video frames to jpeg image sequence. The reason I did it this was is because the gopro video and images are both at their respective sizes and frame rates but at the resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Here’s an image from my shoot, and mind you it’s kind of hard to swim with pants and a button-up on.