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Category: Imaging

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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Underwater with Alien Resurrection

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th May 2014

Today came the sad news that Swiss surrealist artist HR Giger passed away at the age of 74.  Best known for his work designing the movie Alien, his images and artwork portrayed a nightmarish vision that forever changed the way Hollywood movies were designed. So what does this have …

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New Nauticam Housing for Nikon D4S

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th May 2014

Nikon has refined its flagship DSLR, and Nauticam continues it’s tradition of continual innovation in the underwater photography world. Nauticam have announced the NA-D4S underwater camera housing for the Nikon D4S professional SLR camera and Flash Trigger for Nikon, the second in it’s line of flash trigger units, allowing use of robust and reliable …

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New Ikelite Vega Video and Photo Light

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th April 2014

Ikelite have been hitting a lot of home runs lately. With some fantastic packages and a great new website to name just two.  Their new Vega has been looming for a while now, but it’s finally available in stores and is well deserving of your attention. The Vega packs a …

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Alien Poser

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd April 2014

The Caribbean reef squid is a shooter’s delight and challenge Text and Photograph by David Fleetham In many areas of the world squid can be very difficult to locate during the day; not around the island of Bonaire. The Caribbean reef squid population at this diver-friendly island can be …

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The Best Camera

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd April 2014

Is the consideration objective or subjective? The decision is yours…. By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary Manufacturers offer the latest and the greatest, but which camera is the best one? From beginners to old salts, underwater photographers are always talking gear and one perennial question concerns the ‘best’ camera …

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FIX Neo, Everything You Asked for in a Photo and Video Light!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

Nauticam USA have announced their new FIX Neo line of underwater photo and video lights. Neo combines an ultra-modern LCD status display, removable battery, 100 degree beam angle, interchangeable light heads, optional remote controller, and sealed recharging. Whatever a shooter’s ambition, wide-angle, macro, focus light, video or photography, Neo …

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Mini Underwater Macro Lens for GoPro Flip Systems

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

Backscatter have announced a new macro lens for their GoPro Flip system. Priced at a thoroughly reasonable $89 the lens can achieve some stunning results, as you see by watching the above video. Why do you need a macro lens? Without corrective optics, GoPro 3+ and 3 cameras can …

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Waterproof Housing for Nikon D3300

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

This new Ikelite housing has been to be one of the best performance-to-dollar purchases in the world. The Ikelite DSLR housing is a seamless blend of functionality, durability and waterproof integrity. TTL Advantage TTL or “Through-The-Lens” flash metering means the camera controls flash duration to properly expose an image. …

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SeaLife Flex-Connect

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

SeaLife has released the above video displaying the ease of assembly and universal compatibility of their Sea Dragon Lighting and Flex-Connect mounting system – the fastest way to connect underwater lights and accessories to cameras. The new video is available on the SeaLife YouTube channel along with a host of other videos displaying …

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Nikon COOLPIX L30 Camera Kit

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 7th April 2014

A great way to get started in underwater photography with this compact, easy-to-use system. The Camera Switch effortlessly underwater between colorful 20.1 megapixel stills and high-resolution HD 720p video with a single package. Be ready for anything you come across with the possibility of shooting wide angle, portrait, and …

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Final Cut: Domes and Diopters

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th March 2014

Caution: objects in the dome are closer than they appear! By Jill Heinerth In your first SCUBA course, you worked tirelessly on general skills such as good buoyancy, but you also learned foundational skills about the physics of light and colour in the water column. Little did you know …

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InFocus: Photo Gear Snapshots

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th March 2014

Gates Z100 Housing $7100 ‘Bullet proof’ housing for your Sony 4K professional camcorder. Adjustable weight system, surface monitor feed, magnified viewfinder, fingertip controls and a 2-year warranty. www.gateshousings.com   Ikelite Canon SL1, Waterproof TTL Housing, Camera, and Lens Kit $1850 Everything you need in one amazingly priced package. HD …

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World’s smallest DSLR makes a splash

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 14th March 2014

Canon calls the EOS Rebel SL1 100D camera “The World’s Smallest and Lightest Digital SLR Camera.” We can believe it, it’s tiny. Pared with a small, fully functioning Ikelite housing with an 8 inch dome, what you get, may just be on the most versatile and practical underwater DSLRs you can …

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Protecting Your Digital Camera Investment

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th February 2014

By Jill Heinerth Maintenance mitigates daily wear and tear; insurance covers the unexpected   When you pursue the art of underwater image making you will eventually experience a loss from flooding. After crying over my first flooded camera, I bathed the afflicted gear in rubbing alcohol and sent it …

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Video Composition: The Rule of Thirds

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th January 2014

By Jill Heinerth   You’ve carefully selected the destination and spent your hard earned savings to book the dive trip of a lifetime. Painstakingly, you’ve prepared your underwater video system to capture that elusive manta or majestic whale shark you know is out there waiting for your arrival. So, …

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iPhone Video Is Easy With iSea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 25th October 2013

By Jill Heinerth First Published in DIVER Volume 37 Issue 2 Deep within a Central Florida storm sewer network, I slogged through the greasy runoff of busy highways and overcrowded parking lots.  Even for a seasoned expedition diver like me, this was a unique assignment – scouting the dark …

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