Photography with Duxy: Help & Advice

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A review of the XDeep Ghost Travel orientated Wing BCD, showing it in comparison to my own Aqualung Zuma.
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Just a quickie to help you see why the Red Sea is particularly awesome at the moment.
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Ixchel the Mayan Goddess of Fertility and Happiness, statues of which are dotted around the island.

A blog post about what being a professional in the modern world of underwater photography means, at least to me anyway.
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Is photography in the Lembeh Straits only about macro shooting? Duxy looks at some classic wide angle reef dives in this famous location.
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  I used to be indecisive but now I’m not sure…..   Todays blog is all about decisions and choices. …
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A wee bird stows away on MV Hurricane on our trip to Fury Shoals and back.
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This mini-blog will look at a few examples of shooting down, and the compositional and technical issues associated with.
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Why eye contact is a powerful communicative force in your underwater photography.
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This shot was one of those happy accidents that I turned to my advantage one day when returning back to …
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Getting it in camera or faking it this post looks at how to effectively achieve motion blur in your shots
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I’ve recently posted a number of blogs about using Adobe Lightroom’s Brush Tool which is my go-to tool of choice …
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Photo editing is a vital skill for professional and amateur alike, so when I've learnt something new I usually put the skill online for others to pick up. Click here to see the blog

How to use the Brush tool in Adobe Lightroom, the simple stuff to start with and then the more advanced stuff in a later blog
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Part 3 of the Canon G7X and Nautical housing blog covering, a very specific feature of this camera. High speed strobe synching
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First real world outing of the Canon G7X and Nauticam housing, with some of my pictures from my very first dive with it.
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A diary blog about the Liberty Wreck a very short way from Scuba Seraya in Bali
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If you’d like to check out part one of Bertie’s trip report please click here. It’s a well-known principle in …
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Shooting available light underwater shot’s is a combination of things. Using wide angle lenses is one but what about getting the colours correct?
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In our previous three blog parts on snooting we’ve looked at the equipment we use for snooting in part 1 …
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Underwater Snooting – Subjects and Composition. Pt2 In part one of underwater snooting we looked at the technical practicalities of …
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Diving with a group part two of our short series on safely planning and shooting a wreck photo.
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Learning how to control your camera to give you the best results in very low light conditions.
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I was recently asked on our Mexico trip how best to shoot whale sharks from the surface, whilst snorkelling. I …
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Only one strobe?

How to make the best of only having one strobe, and even choosing to shoot like this out of preference.
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How being patient and working the shot can make you “luckier”
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  Getting Great Pictures of Your Pals Shooting people underwater, mmmmhh, now there’s a thought I’ve entertained on many occasions, …
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Using iPhone Apps to help spread your Social Media presence, with Twitter ,Instagram or Pinterest as a dive club or dive related or photography related company.
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A post looking at using in phone Apps to inject some fun and an alternative view of creativity into your photography.
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Composition Corner-Rule of Thirds In our initial look at how you compose a shot I used an example of texture …
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Jussi holding Sony RX100 in Nauticam housing with Fix UWL lens and Twin Inon strobes and a GoPro on top!

Quick test of the Sony RX100 looking at it using wideangle lenses and testing out its high speed synch strobe capabilities.
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What happens on an UW photo workshop? Is it for me?
Let me try and put you at ease and see why a photo workshop is a great way to dive, and learn something new at the same time.
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A short review of the Panasonic 7-14mm lens as an all rounder for use under and over the waterline.Used inside the Nauticam dome.
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Backscatter Removal, using Adobe Lightroom and incorporating Adobe Photoshop Elements
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What camera to buy for use underwater is an ongoing conundrum. Technology is changing the landscape of underwater photography in …
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Our recent Maldivian Manta, photo extravaganza. Our recent trip on MV Orion a fabulous live aboard. Check out our videos and photos from our latest expedition. We had a fab time and from the off were treated to lots of great sightings.
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Amongst the many models of camera out there in the technological jungle, choosing a camera for use underwater is relatively easy, right?
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North Sulawesi Bunaken/Lembeh Photo Workshop Trip Report Its been a bit of a whirl the last couple of weeks and …
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All In One

First part of a series looking at the Olympus EM10mk2 and Nauticam Housing using the Nauticam WWL and CMC wet lenses to see if this is really the best all round underwater imaging solution.
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A video blog showing a great technique to help you get rid of backscatter in Lightroom and Photoshop
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Hello   one of the things that really captures peoples interest when on the photo workshops is when I demonstrate …
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Becoming a popular shot to take a motion blurred Juvenile Harlequin Sweetlips is achievable you’ve just got to be patient and work at it.
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Our Mexico photo trip this year looks like being a great combo of photography and fun, along with great cuisine and cocktails.
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Gena and Elena

Our final Winter Warmer Trip Report from Gennady and Elena Elfimov shooting with an Olympus Mirrorless system, who alongside Cat Briggs and Stuart Gibson wrote these guest reports on my last Egyptian Red Sea photo workshops.
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See why this beautiful pinnacle is worth keeping secret for only limited numbers.
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A typical Red sea reef scene with hundreds of Anthias, with the males falling far behind in the intellectual stakes.

The difference in intelligence of the sexes within marine life.
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If using a small dome port, there is an element of imprecision to the whole procedure, I quite like the serendipitous nature of this though as sometimes it can work out.

This is a blog from The Photography Show answering questions to those wannabe underwater photographers and newbie divers, who asked me loads of great questions today. Thank you for dropping by.
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Just a quickie this week to show my thought processes when composing a few shots that I’ve taken recently on …
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How to shoot a sunset split...

Sunset split are fun to do and bring together your planning and preparation skills with your technical photo skills. It’s very rewarding though when it all comes together.
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How to produce Panoramics from a selection of still shots, and increasing the resolution of your camera at the same time. Using Adobe Lightroom, and why this is a useful thing to learn.
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Want a dive trip thats a bit less hectic, with the day run at your pace? Then maybe our new Red Sea Relaxed itinerary is just for you.
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Shooting wide angle and fisheye, can be daunting for some, especially if they’ve become really comfortable with their macro shooting, and it can be difficult to move out of that comfort zone, so here’s my suggestions to give you a bit of a helping hand.
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There now, the title of this post got some of your attentions I’m sure.   This isn’t the name of …
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In part one posted a couple of days back (Click Here)  we looked at what I think makes a professional …
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Picking the right moment to get the shot. Here Duxy shows you his thought process in choosing the right time to press the shutter button.
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    I run an annual Wreck Photo trip, and it has proved quite popular, not least of which with …
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A splash of colour can distract you from a less than perfect background, so don’t dismay if your subject lives in a boring brown environment.
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A quick look at the resort and facilities at Lembeh Resort and the Critters@Lembeh dive team, which hosted us for our 2015 photo trip with Duxy
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Final summing up of the Nauticam housed Canon G7X this time using both the dedicated Nauticam lenses.
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Maldivian Pelagics need a bit of thought and consideration if you want to get good shots of them.
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Its not big, helpful or clever to reinforce the erroneous belief that underwater photography is a very difficult subject. With the right advice and a willingness to learn a small amount, anyone who dives can get the hang pretty quickly.
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What you need to think about when shooting in less than perfect visibility.
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Just a question of timing, once you've got your initial exposure correct, then just a cough or click of your fingers is enough to make the Anthias all dart in unison towards the cover of the reef.

A very simple shot to take, see how you can control the marine life and have them do your bidding Muahhahahah!!!!
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How to avoid the problem of ugly sun balls in your shots.
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Shooting at times outside of the regular itineraries, can give you loads of great picture taking opportunities that you couldn't get in any other way. Click here to see why.

Shooting at the crepuscular period can be a great way to get interesting shots. Possible on our workshops with an Open Deck policy.
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Using apps on your tablet to inject a bit fun into your pictures, here I’ve used an app called LensLight.
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Second part of the Ghiannis D blog post about approaches to shooting her successfully.
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A while back I wrote about a picture I took under a jetty in Ambon, Indonesia. It was dark because …
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Shooting the Ghiannis D interior on a recent Wreck Photo trip. The technicalities and practicalities.
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A blog about using Adobe’s Lightroom software to help eliminate noise in your photographs.
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A post attempting to show how time of day and observation, teamed with critical exposure control can get you the shot you want.
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Its important to keep toastie warm when taking pictures, as you need to concentrate on the task in hand and be comfortable. See how my use of Fourth Elements excellent under and wetsuits allow me to do this.
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Keep an eye on whats going on in and on the sand you may miss something.
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Taking your picture at just the right moment, is a great technique that levels the playing field somewhat if you only shoot with a more basic camera setup. However regardless of the kit you’re using the “decisive moment” is the key to getting good shots.
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Shooting towards the surface is a vital compositional tool and it’s really simple to achieve great shots like this.
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The Barge at Gubal Island is a hugely popular site, and not just for underwater photographers, check out why it’s just a great all round dive site for everyone, regardless of ability.
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A bit of serendipitous co-ordinated thinking, led me to get these shots of the famous oft-pictured motorbike on the Thistlegorm.
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A blog post about a relatively common but difficult to shoot creature, that is a test for your diving and photographic skills.
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A blog about finding a great background and subject, rather than just subject alone, but well worth the wait.
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It’s easy to get too comfortable and complacent with your photography, and you sometimes have to come out of your comfort zone to learn new things.
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Another quick post about how I got the shot. This shot was taken very recently on our Simply the Best …
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Being prepared for what you can see about to occur, is an invaluable skill in all photography.
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Pants !! Now some unkind folk have suggested that I talk pants most of the time, but in this mini-blog …
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Don’t just confine your shooting to under the water, get some topside action shot too.
Duxy shows how you can liven up your portfolio with some pictures using the crew as your models.
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How to use the brush tool to subtly accentuate one area of the picture by brushing another area.
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Final edit of the Frogfish using the Brush Tool.
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Part two of the blogpost on using the brush tool in Lightroom covering Auto Mask and Erase
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Hi folks, this isn’t a regular blog post more a quick freebie demo and a special offer for the folks …
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In part three of my findings about the Canon G7X I looked at a very specific advantage to this particular …
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Part two of the Canon G7X and Nauticam housing blogpost, covering using different lenses on the same dive. All of the shots bar the title slide were taken on the same dive.
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A first part to a real world test of a new Canon Camera and Nauticam housing combination.
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The final part of my series on available light photography, covering some of the extras not covered in the previous three segments.
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Second part of the photo blog about Scuba Seraya out in Bali
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Available Light Underwater Photography Pt3

In part three of our available light series we will look at some of the pitfalls associated with shooting without strobes and what we do to overcome them.
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Duxy's Winter Warmer title slides, part one

Our Winter Warmer Phototrip guest report by Bertie Gregory, Young Outdoor Photographer of the year winner and National Geographic
snapper.
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Shooting available light is a great way to get quick and easy results, as long as you know the tricks of the trade.
A four part series on mastering the skills necessary.
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Underwater Snooting and how to edit if it doesn't go according to plan.

In part one we looked at the practical technicalities of underwater snoots, and a couple of examples of snoots in …
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Snooting your strobes, made as easy as possible, part one of a series of four looking at the technical, subject choice and composition, editing and a final summary, of using this popular light modification tool in your underwater photography.
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Try and take opportunities when they present themselves as the moment is often fleeting.
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The final part of Wreck shooting, about how to safely shoot inside of a wreck.
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This is just a short recap blog taken from my most recent Facebook posts, on the Scubatravel page, it’s worth …
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Safely Planning and Organising a Wreck Photo Shoot

Shooting a good wreck photo with the minimum of fuss, requires careful planning. Safety and pre-planning At the beginning of …
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A video blog about discovering and trying out some of the new Photoshop Content Aware Tools
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Our Mexican Photo Trip June 2014

A trip report about our first foray into making a two centre photo trip in marvellous Mexico. Covering the Islas de Mujeres and the Riviera Maya and the Cenotes.
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Getting into UW Photography This is an overview of underwater photography taking the approach that you are a complete beginner, …
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Lighting and Editing for Character

How to light and then edit to accent character in your subjects.
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Why us underwater photographers use wide-angle and super wide angle lenses. And just what difference they can make to your pictures.
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Shooting on a tilt to inject some dynamics into your underwater compositions.
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A blog about getting rid of messy backgrounds,  super macro shot of an Ornate Ghost Pipefish

Making your subject matter stand out against a messy background can be achieved in a number of ways. Here Duxy looks at some techniques to help you reduce the clutter, and mess to enable your subject to be the focus of attention.
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Getting Shots When the Chips are Down

Sometimes difficult situations we find ourselves in, can help us to learn. In this case low available light macro shooting.
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Xmas Leftovers….. I hope you’ve all had a very merry Xmas, and eaten and drunk far too much, I certainly …
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Composition Corner-Abstracts Just a quick little blog for you all in the Composition Corner series, about abstract underwater photography. Shooting …
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A Sad Story-or how much is a photo worth?   UPDATE!!! Since I wrote this article two years or so …
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Shooting at the Shallow End Using Shallow Depth of Field in your underwater shots. I guess we first need to …
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Backlighting Fun Occasionally folk will say to me post dive, on me asking how them how it went will tell …
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Composition Corner

Composition Corner-Intro The usual progression of things in photography is that we are attracted to the subject for a variety …
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Colourful diver shooting with a camera.

Video or Stills? Modern cameras are equally good at both so why not get to know your camera more and use it and you to full potential.
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A short look at How-To do splits or half half shots. With any type of camera,including compacts and with and without strobes.
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Often people overlook the more obvious shots in favour of another fish shot.This post looks at shots that are always there on most dives.
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How to shoot twirl shots.

How to use slower shutter speeds with your strobes, than usual, in your underwater pictures to enhance movement for dramatic effect.
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Getting Flash part 2

Video Blog covering flash exposure and positioning underwater.
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Working The Shot

Why taking mulitple pictures of the same subject can help get you exactly the result you want.
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EM5 Nauticam Flat Port Wet Lens Test, the practicalities of shooting wet wide and macro with the Olympus EM5 12-50 kit lens.
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Understanding Flash Exposure in Underwater Photography needn’t be over complicated.
Let me try and simplify the process for you.
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How to get from still sequence to finished video, with all the necessary steps. Using your GoPro or any camera
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Introduction to Underwater Photography
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These blue line Snapper typical of the Maldives, are being lit with a combination of twin strobes and early morning sunlight.

Learn how to deal with the slightly different shooting conditions on a Maldives trip. Adapt your photography to make the most of this paradise destination.
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Alright, you can barely see the Whites logo, but this suit doesn't shout about itself.

Whites Drysuit, perfect attire for the underwater photographer?
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Here is the same shot, but cropped heavily to display that it is still adequately sharp at the point of focus.

Olympus EM5-Nauticam Housing wet lens test with the Panasonic 1442X lens, and Inon and FIX add-on lenses.
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Whirlwind January 2013 Duxy Onboard Trip- Our latest Onboard underwater photography, Wrecks and Reefs tour of the Northern Red Sea, on the liveaboard MV Whirlwind
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Adobe Lightroom 4 hints and tips, using Shift/Tab
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One thing very important to us all at Scuba Travel is to help protect and preserve the wrecks and reefs …
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Here I show you how to help de-clutter your workspace to give you a much less messy way of working …
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Last month I looked at how to straighten your pictures, using the useful shortcut key “r” I have decided to …
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Mistral October Trip video and some words about our fab trip.

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Hi all. For me the day started not so well,day two of our Wrecks and Reefs on MV Mistral and …
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