Interview with Jose Debasa
Renown spearfishing photographer and videographer
Jose Debasa’s photography has been inspiring me for ages. He has a unique style that really puts you in the perspective of the underwater hunter (check out some examples here). In this episode we dial in on Jose’s experience and progression filming and editing spearfishing videos. To see some of the videos spoken about during the interview you can peruse the SpearHeads YouTube channel here.
About Jose Debasa
Jose’s photography journey started in his teens capturing the wildlife of the greater Florida area. His spearfishing experience soon demanded that he partner the two passions and after some hefty purchases he was good to go. Years later Jose now collaborates with some talented guys from the South East of the USA in something they call SpearHeads. Their films have developed significantly over the years with new experience, equipment and the development of systems to improve everything from capturing the action to producing the finished film. Jose is very much the family man residing in Miami, Florida with his wife and children. Check out some of his photography here.
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About the Interview + Time Stamps
4:00 Jose’s background. Getting started spearfishing and photography. Cressi Pneumatic and his first Red Grouper, catching the bug. Spearboard and meeting Aaron Chasse and then Andrew Quincoses (two of the SpearHeads crew and both previous guests on the Noob Spearo Podcast).
9:00 SpearHeads and a bit about the latest Bahama’s video [view it here].
10:00 Early obstacles – equalizing and how he overcame it – if this is your issue listen into Ted Harts Interview here
13:00 Memorable Fish – 15lb Hogfish and a big Black Grouper
16:00 Hogfish hunting technique for the bigger, smarter ones anyway;)
20:00 Scariest moment and what he learned from it – a shallow water blackout/samba while hyperventilating hunting in shallow water. Jose describes his experience very clearly and for people who suspect they might have come close to a blackout before you might be able to relate.
He also talks about Tinnitus, one hazard of suffering trauma in your ears. Do not neglect good equalizing technique!
26:00 Editing Spearfishing Films and the evolution of SpearHeads
Starting with GoPro’s and moving into DSLR’s/Mirrorless camera’s.
Planning a film.
Having a vision, developing a storyline and then capturing the necessary shots.
- Move with the flow and think on your feet.
- Getting the supporting footage right
- Make the editors job easier by removing dud footage #Listen into 101 GoPro for more on this
- Think in terms of shots (Jose changes camera angle every 3 seconds!)
- Sync your film with the music
- Where to find some more royalty free music
- Favorite Effects in editing is adding powerful fonts and enhancing the images
- Jose loves putting the finishing touch on films by animating font to move with the subject
“Put in the time to learn about your editing software, there are online forums and videos everywhere and you will not regret the time you spend learning” – Jose Debasa
Sony Vegas Pro is Jose’s Go-To for making films – check it out here!
50:00 Funniest Moment – Jose tells us about how he earned his nickname ‘T.D’
54:00 Whats in T.D’s Dive Bucket? + whats in Jose’s Photography Bag
We do a quick Q&A about photography gear and Jose shares about what he likes and why
GlideCam for stabilizing your videos here
61:00 Fast 5 Facts for Noobs
- Get a GoPro (you can buy one here and find out how to use it here)
- Shoot 60fps minumum
- Dont use the red filter
- Practice manual if you are using a DSLR or Mirrorless camera
- Practice your manual shooting on dryland
- Get educated. Do a freediving course
- Dive with a buddy
- Pick a buddy you can rely on not someone
- Dont use a pneumatic speargun *After Grant Laidlaws interview I know about dry barrel kits now
- Get a mentor
Find Jose Debasa on;
- Facebook here
- Instagram here
- SpearHeads on YouTube here
- Jose’s website and photography portfolio here
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