Flamboyant Cuttlefish footage from Malaysia

The flamboyant cuttlefish is pretty small - about the length of a hand - but its intense colours and spearing proboscis make it utterly mesmerising. This vid does a great job of showing off its colours, even more so...

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Underwater photography tips from New York Institute of Photography

The best time to take underwater photos is usually mid-day because the sun is overhead and will illuminate underwater subjects clearly. Rookie underwater photographers are often surprised how quickly light and color get lost as you plunge just a...

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Palau Digital Shootout 2006 pics

The Palau Digital Shootout 2006 is going on right now in, um, Palau. If you, like me, were not fortunate enough to be able to attend, you might want to head over to Wetpixel, where Eric Cheng is posting daily...

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Mike Veitch's shark photography 101

Different sharks require different lenses. An 18 foot Great White attacking a baited tuna carcass mere inches from your cage requires a wide angle lens. But what about the reef sharks encountered on an average dive in the tropical Pacific?...

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Canon Underwater Photography Guide

Canon have an Underwater Photography Guide which shows reasons for using a digital camera over a film camera, Marine Techniques, Pre-Dive Preparations, Understanding White Balance, taking Macro Shots and Wide Angle Shots, Panorama Shots about Movies, Maintenance on the Boat...

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Underwater photographers = crap divers?

Getting a good photo is no excuse for damaging the environment. This is where we underwater photographers are most vulnerable to criticism. Adding a camera and strobe will affect buoyancy, and once the eye is glued to the viewfinder,...

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Underwater housing for Nikon Coolpix P1, P2

Due for release in mid-February is a new waterproof housing for the Nikon Coolpix P1 and P2 cameras, developed by Fantasea Line. Waterproof to 40 metres, the Fantasea FP-1 is expected to retail for $279 and is ideal for scuba...

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Olympus µ720 SW, still works 3m underwater

With this model, Olympus has optimised the standard weatherproof qualities found in all Mju cameras, making it waterproof to 3m. In combination with the shockproof design, a whole new world of shooting opportunities is opened to photographers. Now, where other...

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New underwater housing for Rebel XT

Fantasea has apparently now released its latest underwater housing, this time for Canon's EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D digital SLR. Rated for depths of 200 feet (60 meters), the Fantasea Line F350D housing costs US$999 - and this includes...

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8 Underwater Cameras Compared

Divernet Diver Magazine tried out, then reviewed and compared 8 different Scuba Diving Cameras - Nikon Coolpix 4600, Olympus mju500, Fuji Finepix F10, Sony Cybershot DCS T33, Sony Cybershot DSC W7, Nikon Coolpix 7900, Canon Ixus 700, and Sanyo Xacti...

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HOW TO Create a Split Shot

So-called “half-and-half” or “split-level shots” are among my favorite underwater images to look at; naturally, they’re also among the most challenging. I’ve tried creating some with my (woefully underpowered) underwater camera, but of course they don’t usually work. To achieve...

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Twin strobe photography

I was very fortunate to have another photographer (Flann Horgan) along on my last trip. He swooped in and got these shots of me with the Ocean White Tip, not a very friendly shark. I never quite realized how...

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Dancing with Wolf Eels

The attraction here in the murky depths are wolf eels. Lots of wolf eels, we lost count at 10. They have condos in the hard sandstone/mud walls along the lip. I had brought a bag of old chicken to see...

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Confused about best Strobe Sync method

I'm a Nikonos user but have been bitten by the digital bug. The choices out there are really overwhelming with different cameras, housings and strobes. I'm sorting through most of this OK but am a bit confused on the best...

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Diving and photographing tiger sharks

The photographing of this shark was something I looked forward to doing. With my Canon digital SLR I could change lenses to suit what I wanted to photograph. I recently bought a Canon 10-22mm wide-angle lens. This is what I...

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Coral Bay, Western Australia

Coral Bay is known for the beautiful sandy lagoon that is situated a mere five minutes walk from our accommodation. The beach is very fine white sand and it very gradually gets deeper. This makes it ideal for children and...

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Canon SD500 Elph & WP-DC70 Housing Review

The 7.1 megapixel Canon SD500 digital Elph is a great camera with quick and accurate image processing. Its loaded with features and takes vibrant sharp photos. The interface is easy enough to use and is an evolving model used by...

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7 Underwater Cameras (for Under $800) Reviewed

Divernet has a nice piece in which they compare 7 digital cameras (and one digital movie camera) under $800 that are all suitable for underwater imaging. Considering and explaining a variety of different features, the reviewers discuss the pros...

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Pentax Optio S5i & O-WP2 Housing Review

The Pentax Optio S5i comes on the heels of what has been one of my favorite lines of digital cameras for underwater photography. The S5i is the third Optio I’ve had in a row, and that’s saying a lot since...

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Wetpixel competition for best scuba diving photo of 2005

Wetpixel is a great forum for anyone interested in underwater photography and has a lot of info on scuba diving too. Recently ‘The Doctor’ posted what has turned out to be an excellent thread showing off members’ works for...

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Canon EOS-5D and Ikelite Housing

William Heaton, the Wetpixel.com moderator has posted a comprehensive review of the Ikelite eTTL 2 housing with Canon EOS-5D digital SLR William says that the Canon EOS 5D truly is a revolutionary camera. The EOS 5D cuts the price...

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SeaLife SD-300

Digital Advisor describes the Sealife SD-300 and gives the following Editors’ Comments: “The perfect introduction to underwater photography for snorklers, divers and water sports activists! SeaLife introduces the Great Leveler amongst underwater Digital cameras. The SD300 is a steal,...

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Sea and Sea DX5000G

The Sea & Sea DX-5000G is actually a kit that includes a Sea & Sea housing that is rated to a depth of 180′ (55 m) combined with a Sea & Sea 5000G camera. Since this camera has a...

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Sea and Sea DX8000G

The 8000G improves on its predecessor, the 5000G, in three significant ways: 1. Shutter release intervals remain steady until the memory is full. Continuous image capture has a shutter lag time of only 1.7 seconds between images. No more...

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SeaLife DC500

Scuba Diving Equipment SeaLife DC500 The new SeaLife DC500 features a new “Shark Mode” for faster and sharper pictures of moving objects underwater and in sports photography on land. The Shark Mode is activated by simply pushing the camera’s...

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Sea & Sea MotorMarine III

Underwater Photography reviews the Sea & Sea Motormarine MM-III The Sea & Sea MM-III underwater camera might not only be the replacement for the Motormarine II but, now that the Nikonos is discontinued, perhaps will challenge for number one...

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PADI Unveils Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Course

PADI already offers an Underwater Photography specialty course, but beginning in 2006, PADI will be offering a two-part Digital Underwater Photographer specialty, covering such topics as white balancing, working with color filters, using histograms, image resolution, and organizing and archiving...

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