Matt Hipsley – Owner/Director

The one who kicked it all off. Matt Hipsley founded Salty Surf Housings in 2016 as a one man show, initially operating the entire business from his garage. Matt has always had a passion for underwater photography, he even built his first housing as a teenager to shoot his friends surfing. He then went on to become a qualified engineer, the skills of which served him in producing the product we all know and love today. Things have changed since Salty’s humble beginnings and Matt now manages a thriving team, operating out of a warehouse in North Wollongong, Australia, delivering housings, offering camera rentals, and providing stills and video content internationally.

Best shooting experience….

Swimming with Humpback whales in Tonga. The feeling of those large animals swimming at you full force during a heat run is unlike anything else. Also an honourable mention to the Humpbacks at Jervis Bay NSW with the Salty crew where we got an intense 2hr interaction.

Ideal setup…..

Canon R3 + 50mm f/1.2RF

https://www.instagram.com/matthipsley

Ben Bagley – Creative Lead

Much of Salty’s vibe is down to this guy. He sets the mood. Ben Bagley’s portfolio needs no introduction. His contributions to underwater, surf, and lifestyle photography are something we are very proud of here at Salty. Ben is currently our creative director but he has been involved in all aspects of Salty’s operations for the past several years. It is for this reason that he is able to envision and bring to life much of our marketing and production content. Ben also manages Salty’s rental program. With his wealth of photographic knowledge and breadth of experience, Ben will help you find the perfect gear setup for any project requirement. 

Best shooting experience….

It’s a tie between two amazing experiences. The first being in the water with multiple Great Whites in South Australia and the second was shooting surf from the water and from a ski in Nazaré.

Ideal setup…..

Video: RED V-Raptor X

Stills: Sony A7RV

https://www.instagram.com/benbagley__/

Toby Barnhill – Designer

He’s our very own wunderkind! Toby is the right-hand man who brings our designs into fruition. A skilled product designer with an abundance  of creative agility, Toby is able to construct and upgrade our housings with unwavering competence. Toby also liaisons with our suppliers, making sure our designs come together seamlessly.

Best shooting experience….

Swimming with the Humpbacks and seals with Dive Jervis Bay in October – a catalyst in my passion for underwater photography and my love for the ocean. It was a moment of true realisation as to how special these mammals are, and how privileged we are to coexist with them. That single day threw me head-over-heels for all things ocean related – I’m beyond grateful for moments like these.

Ideal setup…..

Sony A7RV + Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 + Salty Surf a-PROX BOOSTED

https://www.instagram.com/toby.barnhill/

Andrew De Caires – Assembly Technician

At the coalface stands Andrew ‘Digsey’ De Caires. This is the guy that pulls it all together and makes it shine. Digsey’s deft hands assemble Salty’s housings and his keen eye ensures that every housing emerges as not just functional, but a beacon of quality, ready to embark on its journey to you.

But Digsey isn’t just a master craftsman, he also steps into the roles of housing tester and even occasionally as Salty’s very own in-house model. Digsey steps into the spotlight without hesitation, whether it’s scaling rugged cliffs or diving into the depths of the ocean, he fearlessly goes the extra mile to get the shot.

Best shooting experience….

Swimming with Humpback whales and seals at Jervis Bay NSW with the Salty crew.

Ideal setup…..

Sony A7IV + Salty Surf a-PROX Housing

https://www.instagram.com/andrewdecaires/

Kate PowellCreative Coordinator/Operations

All the way from Texas is Kate, Salty’s newest team member. She has built up an impressive photographic profile through years of diving, travel, and working at various marine education & research facilities. Kate brings a wealth of both technical photographic and faunal marine knowledge. As part of our creative team, Kate contributes both photographic material and content strategies for Salty. She also manages much of Salty’s day to day operations and shipping processes. 

Best shooting experience….

Being swarmed by a massive school of tuna while diving in the remote Revillagigedo Archipelago.

Ideal setup…..

D850 and 20mm Nikkor f/1.8

https://www.instagram.com/kate.e.powell/