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Category: Imaging

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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The Magic Moment

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th October 2019

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary Underwater photography is made up of many ingredients. Besides technical and behaviour knowledge, dive site information and patience make the perfect shot. Last year, we had the privilege to dive one of the most pristine areas in the world, the Tubbataha Atolls in …

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Interview: David Fleetham – Underwater Photographer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th January 2019

  How long have you been diving? I was certified in my last year of high school in 1976 in Oakville, Ontario. From there I spent three months in the Caribbean and came home (to no ocean) and moved out to Vancouver where I worked in various dive shops …

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Choosing Your Frame Rate

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd January 2019

  Slow motion video is all the rage these days. It’s no longer good enough to see a manta ray gliding over a wreck; people want to see it at half speed. However, before you slow down your media on the timeline, there are a few things you should …

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Seminally Cinematic – Aquatica’s AGH5

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2018

Text by Russell Clark Panasonic and Aquatica bring professional underwater video tools to the masses with the GH5, GH5S and AGH5 housing. Get ready to be more creative!   Every few years a camera comes along that helps to evolve photography and video. The GoPro, the Sony RX100, the …

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What it Takes to Shoot a Feature Film

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2015

By Jill Heinerth Gliding along with the precise synchronicity of a flight demonstration team, scuba divers piloting radical-looking scooters maneuver into the frame. As viewers we are transformed, drawn into the dimly lit cave of indescribable beauty. If the Director of Photography has done his job, we are engrossed …

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The Metaphor of the Swiss Army Knife

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2015

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary We use a Swiss Army knife on ALL assignments. First, the plastic toothpick of this old companion is the best O-ring removal tool ever made. Second, other components such as the screwdrivers, scissors or tweezers always come in handy. As Michel was unscrewing …

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$20,000 underwater photo shootout

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th August 2015

Bluewater Photo’s 5th Annual SoCal Shootout September 18-20th, 2015 • Over $20,000 worth of prizes Bluewater Photo is excited to announce the 5th annual SoCal Shootout, happening September 18-20th, 2015. This weekend long competition brings together underwater photographers of all levels throughout Southern California. Starting Friday morning and spanning through Sunday …

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Big Picture: Big Gulp

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st January 2015

Text and Photo by Andy Murch When you’re staring into the gaping maw of a whale shark, it’s reassuring to know that the largest fish in the sea is incapable of swallowing anything larger than a grapefruit, preferring instead a diet of tiny organisms that somehow manage to support its …

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Light & Motion Kickstarter Campaign Gets Attention

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th January 2015

California based Light & Motion has been at the forefront of underwater imaging for several years and their Kickstarter announcement has captured the attention of a lot of underwater photographers and videographers! The Sidekick Kickstarter campaign aims to raise $50,000 so Light & Motion can begin full production of their excellent new GoPro light called Sidekick. …

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Final Cut: Freeze Frames

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st November 2014

Preparing to shoot your best video in cold water By Jill Heinerth You’ve dedicated years of training and invested plenty of money on equipment to be ready to visit the wreck of the Forest City in Tobermory or the Rosecastle at Bell Island, Newfoundland. You are sweating profusely on the dock …

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Big Picture: Nature’s Photoshop

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th November 2014

Text and Photograph by Eiko Jones Every fall Coho are among four species of salmon returning to spawn in Vancouver Island’s Campbell River. The next spring Coho ‘fry’ emerge from the gravel spawning bed upstream to spend a year or so along the banks and side channels of the …

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Skin Diver Magazine

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th October 2014

Covered the world of diving for decades Text by Phil Nuytten Holy Cow! These old Skin Diver Mag covers bring back a lot of memories. Hard to believe that the person who shot so many of these is still a freelance professional underwater photographer and diving journalist today! Based in …

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GoPro Tips for Better Underwater Video

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th October 2014

By Jill Heinerth These days, it seems that most divers own a GoPro or similar small sport camera. These little devices are awesome for traveling light and capturing great underwater moments. Yet, sometimes unavoidable small and large disasters get in the way of bringing home the best possible footage. …

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BIG PICTURE: Fisheye Forest

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th October 2014

Text and Photograph by Andy Murch While hunting for skates on a featureless sea floor around Madrona Point on southern Vancouver Island, B.C., I came across this sunken tree trunk with its cover of  gigantic orange plumose anemones. These anemones are usually white, but under certain environmental conditions (like …

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InFocus: Backpacks, housings and solar power

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th October 2014

Lowepro DryZone 200 US$283.86 ‘A drysuit for your gear’ claims the world’s first waterproof soft-sided camera backpack. TIZIP zipper system, rubber covered sealed seams, adjustable dividers, mesh pockets and a lifetime warranty. www.lowepro.com Ikelite RX100 III housing $550 Sony’s RX100 III is a first rate compact camera that produces …

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Aquatica meets Olympus

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th October 2014

Canadian manufacturer Aquatica has taken the plunge (no pun intended) into the MFT market and introduced the AE-M1, an enclosure tailored for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (the more potent version of the legendary M5). This is a big step considering the resources needed to develop an entirely new housing …

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Mirrorless Cameras

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd October 2014

Mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses promise a bright future By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary With modern featherweight carry-on allowances and large, tendinitis-inducing camera housings, many people opt not to shoot large DSLRs. If you don’t care about the status symbol associated with the bigger/heavier ‘pro’-look cameras, there are …

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The BIG PICTURE: Electric Reefs

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th September 2014

Text and Photograph by Brandon Cole It sounds like a marine Frankenstein project: Graft coral onto a rebar skeleton, shock it and, “It’s alive!” With reefs besieged on all fronts, the Global Coral Reef Alliance is taking charge. Literally. Their Biorock™ ‘reefs’ – metal constructs of various shapes, even …

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Simple Fix with Vivid-Pix

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th September 2014

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary Tired of making all those adjustments to restore underwater photo contrasts and colours? If so, you’ll be interested in some new software that we tested recently. No one needs to spend more time in front of a computer screen these days and for …

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InFocus: Pelican case, macro lens, Lightroom and beer coolers!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th September 2014

Pelican iM2050GP1 Pelican Storm Case $TBC Tough as a house, watertight, and guaranteed for life. Keep your GoPro and a range of accessories safe and dry with this padded, lightweight hardcase. Optional shoulder strap. www.pelican.com Nauticam Super Macro Converter 1 $480 The first underwater macro conversion lens that is …

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Splitting the Difference

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th September 2014

By Jill Heinerth We’ve all seen them: over-under split images that show a dive boat on the surface and a happy diver or colourful marine creature below the surface. These all-in-one images often grace the front covers of dive magazines and featured resort ads. They are compelling shots that …

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Bluewater Photo’s 4th Annual SoCal Shootout

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st August 2014

September 12th ‐ 14th, 2014 Over $14,000 worth of prizes Bluewater Photo is excited to announce the 4th annual SoCal Shootout, happening September  12th‐14th, 2014. This weekend long competition brings together underwater photographers of all levels throughout Southern California. Starting Friday morning and spanning through Sunday night, photographers have the opportunity to shoot photos in the Pacific …

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Love is in the water!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 14th August 2014

Wedding magic in the Florida Keys Text and Photography by Adam Opris I grew up in the ocean and to this day there is always sand in my car, an agreeable reality of life in coastal Florida. I became a professional photographer specializing in weddings and family portraits and love …

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The BIG Picture: Making Waves

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th August 2014

Text and Photograph by David Fleetham As a rule, waves can be tricky to shoot underwater. In the shallow surf zone it’s not unusual that you’ll take a bit of a beating in the quest for a worthy wave shot, but this image at the Molokini Marine Preserve near …

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Depth of Field for Image Effect

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th August 2014

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary New photographers often struggle with some concepts, and depth of field is one of them. Learn how to use it creatively. We may be taking digital images today but the laws of physics and optics still apply. One of them relates to depth …

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InFocus – 5 Photo Gear Snapshots

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th August 2014

Nauticam FIX Neo Prices vary A new line of lights that have an LCD display, removable battery, 100 degree beam angle, interchangeable heads, remote control and sealed recharging. Wowsers. What more could you want? www.fixneo.com Backscatter Macromate Mini $88.95 This well-priced, flip on and off, lens for your GoPro 3 …

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Practical Lighting Techniques

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st August 2014

By Jill Heinerth In my last column I provided tips to assist in comparing the quality and brightness of underwater video lights. Most underwater videographers buy a couple of lights and mount them to their camera on arms, illuminating the environment, or a dive buddy at close range. Camera-mounted …

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How to Choose a Video Light

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th June 2014

By Jill Heinerth I have a confession: I have a bit of a light fetish. I can’t seem to stop buying new lights. Headlamps, solar rechargeable, hand-cranked lanterns, cinema lighting, LED key fobs and endless cave diving and video lights. I have them all.  And this doesn’t include the …

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Nauticam Super Macro Convertor 1

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th May 2014

The Nauticam Super Macro Converter (SMC) is the first underwater macro conversion lens that is fully optimized for in water use.  This unique and innovative lens claims to change the way that underwater macro photography is done. There are three key advantages to this internationally patent pending new optical design: …

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