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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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Ikelite TTL Adapter: a Revelation

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2013

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary When we first began taking pictures underwater there was nothing even close to automatic underwater flash photography. To this day, we swear by pool tests, exposure tables…and histograms! Is this about to change? With our ‘manual only’ attitude, we put the Ikelite TTL …

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Shooting Dive Vacation Videos

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

By Jill Heinerth When I was a young diver I recall being invited over to my neighbor Danny’s house to watch his first underwater vacation video. It was shot on a nifty High-8 camera in an oversized Ikelite housing. To this day, I have no idea how he got …

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Diving with Osteoporosis

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

The rough and tumble of diving increases risk of bone fractures By Dr. David Sawatzky Osteoporosis is a very common bone disease that increases the risk of fractures and diving is an activity where trauma is relatively common. The condition is more prevalent as we age and divers are …

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iDive tech

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

As electronic devices become smaller, cheaper and more powerful, their applications can be seen infiltrating all walks of life. We dive into a new, emerging wave of SCUBA technology The first iPhone commercials proudly stated “There’s an App for that.” Indeed, it seems so. More and more diving related …

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Focus on Feelings

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

A truly great photograph evokes an emotional response Text and Photos By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary Memorable images transcend technical perfection. They are pictures that move us, that directly connect with our emotions. Photographer Ansel Adams wrote:  “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, …

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The best scuba diving movies of all time – updated!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th November 2012

DIVER’s Editor, Russell Clark, loves movies. So he’s compiled what we believe to be a pretty definitive list of non-documentary scuba diving movies. Whether the plot revolves around diving, or there’s just a memorable diving scene, here’s our list (in no particular order) of the best diving movies ever …

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Gear Lust: Red’s EPIC with Gates housing

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th July 2012

Create your own underwater movies so high in image quality that even your 80-inch high-definition TV can’t do them justice. Still, you can invite family and friends over to share your amazing discovery dive of that Captain Morgan pirate ship off the Panama coast. They’ll be impressed! The RED …

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Shooting Stars

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th July 2012

The longest running event of its kind, the UnderwaterPhotography.com annual photo competition is a rousing celebration of sub-sea shooting   The UnderwaterPhotography.com annual photo contest needs little introduction. It’s the longest running online event of its kind and if you’re looking to build a ‘rep’ in the cadre of …

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Sealife Pro Duo

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th May 2012

  If you’re on a mission to get into underwater photography and video, then the versatile SeaLife Pro Duo is a great way for you to get started. The ProDuo is compromised of one compact camera in an underwater housing, one variable power flash unit and one video light, …

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