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Category: Underwater Video

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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