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Pushing Boundries

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2022

From documentary maker to documentary subject, Mike deGruy’s wife and filmmaking partner continues her husband’s legacy with her new film Dive Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy Words By Mimi deGruy Anyone who’s ever tried to make a film about the ocean knows it can be hard, …

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Soft-shell crab anyone?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd May 2022

Words and Photography by Brandon Cole Clinging to a sponge-covered piling under Australia’s Blairgowrie Pier, giant spider crabs hope to avoid being eaten by predators patrolling the sand below. Each winter, tens of thousands of crabs with legs spanning 16 inches (40cm) march from deep water into the shallows of …

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Colour Corrections and Grading

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd April 2022

Words by Jill Heinerth We’ve all seen an underwater video with a distracting blue cast. Our eyes long for the warm tones of orange and red that we saw on the rope sponges during our dive. What happened? Can we recover what we remembered from the hazy blue footage? …

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A New Perspective

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th April 2022

Photography by Maxwel Hohn / Words by Roseanne Kealtey Winter in the coastal region of British Columbia can bring harsh conditions for marine life and photographers alike. The gusting winds, driving rains, and unpredictable seas can create numerous challenges when filming, and any opportunities need to be fully utilized as …

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Book review: The Underwater Photographer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd April 2022

Martin Edge’s Fifth Edition has been ten years in the making, and is better than ever. Words by Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary In our review of the Fourth Edition of Martin Edge’s The Underwater Photographer, we wrote, “Let us just say that this is the best underwater photo technique book …

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Find Purpose and Stay Current

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th March 2022

NOTE: This article was written at the height of the global lockdown – but still includes some great advice for videographers. By Jill Heinerth Our world is a far different place from just a few months ago. The global pandemic has changed life for most of us. Some divers …

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My Weird Lighting Pattern

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 25th March 2022

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary Light is the foundation of any image and artificial lighting is ubiquitous in underwater photography. When using twin strobes, you can go beyond the standard strobe head placement. As we’ve said many times in this column, adding a second strobe is probably the …

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The Big Little Migration

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd March 2022

Sometimes the most incredible marine life encoutners aren’t in the ocean, they’re hiding under lily pads in remote Canadian lakes Words by Russell Clark / Photography by Maxwel Hohn   You may well remember seeing a couple of images we’ve previously published of tadpoles. They are always crowd pleasers, …

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Remembering Innovator Val Ranetkins

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th March 2022

Words by Jill Heinerth  The underwater photo and cinematography community is mourning Val Ranetkins, founder of Aqua Vision Systems, Amphibico, Aquatica, and Valstech, all companies on the leading edge of underwater optics, housings, and lighting. National Geographic Explorer/Photographer David Doubilet remembers Val Ranetkins as “a Canadian national treasure.” Chuck …

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Audio – The Other Half of a Great Video

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th October 2021

By Jill Heinerth Like many of you, I am focused on capturing the most beautiful underwater images and videos possible. While swimming through a rowdy pack of sea lions, or gliding through a virgin cave, I am mesmerized by the visual grandeur of our submerged world. As an underwater …

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Optimizing Sharpness

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th October 2021

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary Nobody likes fuzzy images—unless they are intentional. In this world of auto-everything, people take the performance of their cameras for granted. Fuzzy or out-of-focus images may result from a mechanical or electronics problem—or you may be the culprit. Most of us buy the …

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2021 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th September 2021

The Underwater Photography Guide have announced that the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition 2021 will be accepting images from now through November 30, 2021! Ocean Art is one of the most prestigious underwater photo competitions in the world. A long list of prizes valued at over $30,000 also …

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Waterlust of a Canadian Artist

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th September 2021

Canadian Artist Grace Marquez captures the essence of what it is to be submerged Words by Robert Osborne Diving can be a very personal, almost intimate experience. Perhaps it’s the silence—the lack of chatter—that surrounds the activity; perhaps it’s because it’s such an all absorbing activity—no clutter from daily …

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A New Decade, A New Season

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th August 2021

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary It seems like we just entered the new century, yet we are already at the beginning of a new decade and a new season. As thoughts of many of us in the Northern Hemisphere turn from skiing to diving, we have a few …

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Basking in the glory of Ireland’s Atlantic

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th August 2021

Being in the midst of circling basking sharks is a rare occurrence, so did this underwater filmmaker witness a unique courtship event? Words by Ken O’Sullivan What an odd thing it is to want to swim with a shark in the sea. We humans, we’re usually close to the …

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Expanding Time: Video Editing Tips

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th July 2021

By Jill Heinerth If I had one wish, it would be for more time underwater. When Mobula rays surround me, or sea lions swarm, I don’t want to surface. I wish I could expand time into an endless and exciting underwater journey. Sometimes the moments you catch on video …

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Keep The Bad Ones

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 7th July 2021

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary After returning from a dive, many photographers upload their images and quickly delete all the bad ones. They may be missing something in the process. We work as a couple and divide tasks. For example, Danielle keeps the photobank, edits images, and catalogues them. …

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The Dark Side of Wakatobi

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th June 2021

Words by Joseph Frey Nighttime fluoro diving offers an entirely new perspective to the stunningly beautiful and pristine reefs of the famous Coral Triangle  With the planet’s coral reefs dying off due to human activities and few healthy reefs left to dive on in the Caribbean region, divers have …

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Photo competition from Analox

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st October 2020

As part of Analox’s DEMA 2020 campaign they are running an underwater photography competition, #MadForMarineLife. Analox are fascinated by everything that goes on beneath the surface and would love for you to share your experiences with them! If you have taken any underwater photographs that you are proud of …

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Introducing the SportDiver iPhone housing from SeaLife

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 14th October 2020

SeaLife is introducing a new compact and lightweight underwater housing for Apple’s iPhone.  The new SeaLife SportDiver housing will allow divers to take photos and video with their iPhone down to 130 feet (40 meters).  The SportDiver can encase iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, Xr, Xs, …

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TADPOLES: The Big Little Migration

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th September 2020

Inside the current issue of DIVER (Fall 2020) you’ll see a lovely four page feature by our regular columnist Maxwel Hohn, all about the incredible journey of the western toad tadpole. Maxwel has been capturing footage of the tadpoles for four years, accumulating in this mini nature documentary, noq …

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The Videographer’s Checklist

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th May 2020

By Jill Heinerth Buying a camera for shooting underwater video can be daunting. If you are looking for anything beyond an action-cam or GoPro, there are a lot of pieces and parts that make up a complete system. Navigating product websites can be difficult and coming up with an …

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Lightroom Presets for underwater photography

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2020

Get your underwater image edited in under one minute! Tobias Friedrich knows a thing or two about Adobe Lightroom. In fact his image of a humpback is used by Adobe as the loading screen. He’s also a highly published photographer and in recent years has had more covers on …

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The Ice Man Mario Cyr

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st May 2020

The first person to film polar bears from the water—meet the fish man who lives under the ice, and stores his beer there too… Words by Jill Heinerth Mario Cyr’s name should be known to all Canadians, from coast to coast to coast. However, our French speaking citizens do …

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Introducing the New SeaLife Micro 3.0 Camera

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th May 2020

Coming June 1st! Getting started with underwater photography and video is easy with the new Micro 3.0 from SeaLife.   Even the first time underwater photographer will find breathtaking images.   It’s easy with SeaLife’s intuitive underwater scene modes – simply enter the conditions you’re diving in or if …

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Aquatica Digital’s year long sale!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st May 2020

Aquatica has significantly revised its pricing strategy for the coming year. Working together with their dealer partners to better meet the needs of current times, Aquatica are offering new purchase incentives on all their product lines. Effective April 27, 2020, Aquatica’s new pricing structure will be as follows: 20% …

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Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea Underwater Photo Competition Announced

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th April 2020

The Underwater Photography Guide is hosting a special underwater photo competition to bring people together, encourage artistic expression, and raise money to help fight Coronavirus The Underwater Photography Guide is proud to announce that it is accepting entries for a special Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea Underwater Photo …

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The Underwater Shooter’s Skill List

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 14th April 2020

By Jill Heinerth Camera tables and rinse tanks are busy places on dive boats. Today, it seems that everyone owns a camera and is determined to get footage for their YouTube Channel or social media account. As a Monday morning quarterback who is interested in analyzing incidents, I’m noting …

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Ocean Photography Awards launch in aid of ocean conservation

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2020

The Ocean Photography Awards officially launched with a mission to shine a light on the threats facing the ocean and raise money for its protection. The Awards are a celebration of our beautiful blue planet, as well as a platform to highlight the many plights it is facing. Ocean …

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Video: Ambassadors Outdoors

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th March 2020

Ever wondered what goes into producing those great images that scuba brands like BARE, Hollis, and Atomic Aquatics use to market their equipment? This year a team of Huish Outdoors Ambassadors got together for a week of image making, here’s a behind the scenes look into their underwater adventures.

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2 great lenses for underwater photography

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th February 2020

DIVER Photographer Maxwel Hohn tell us about his favourite two lenses for underwater photography: As a photographer shooting on land we have the ability to switch between lenses in a matter of seconds, but underwater we are limited to what we choose to install on our camera prior to …

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New 4K underwater HDMI field monitor now on sale

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th February 2020

Anglerfish Creative Lighting: AFCL-HD57 HDMI Monitor Underwater videographers and photographers rejoice! A quality underwater monitor can be the icing on the cake for our beloved sub aquatic imaging equipment. The newest addition to Anglerfish Creative Lighting line of products is an ultra compact 4K HDMI monitor exclusively designed for …

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Underwater Photography Tips

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th January 2020

DIVER Photographer Maxwel Hohn gives us three great tips to improve your underwater photography: Shoot with what you got! Many divers are under the assumption that they need the fanciest camera equipment to capture good photos. This is incredibly false. Use what you have and be creative. Some of my …

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Recreating magic

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st January 2020

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary Once in a while luck strikes and you make an exceptional image. Often, you come up with a good picture and, later on, give it another try. How do you repeat a great shot? Does history repeat itself? You are familiar with the …

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Underwater Video is a Team Sport

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th December 2019

By Jill Heinerth The crackling sound in an underwater bone conduction earpiece might sound like this: “Uncover One. Uncover Two. Cover One. Uncover Three. Cover Two. Uncover Four. All Fade Out.” These are lighting cues barked into a full face mask (FFM) by an underwater camera operator filming a …

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Blind as a Bat Fish

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th October 2019

By Jill Heinerth If you are over forty years of age, you are probably getting to the point where it is tough to read your computer display or SPG. For many people approaching this age, the lenses of your eyes start to lose elasticity and flexibility. With less elasticity, …

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