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Digital Photography Part 1: Getting the Most from Your Photos

Digital Photography Part 1: Getting the Most from Your Photos

It is a hard life, but we took it upon ourselves to take off to a beautiful tropical location so we can help you get great vacation photos.

Our goal is to help you find out which phone or camera is best for your vacation photos, with particular focus on the feature that attracts much of the attention . . . taking them into the water — many without the necessity of additional waterproof protection.

Adventure cameras and cell phones that can go into the water are what drew the attention of the two of us. We both make our livings in jobs that involve cameras in water, so we tackled the challenge of comparing lots of these devices to help you make a more informed choice.


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Backscatter Matters

Backscatter Matters

You just got that great shot of the grouper that you’ve been hoping for.  Back topside and excited to see the result, you download the picture and display it full screen.  What a great shot!  Except, of course, for the all those bright spots you never saw until now.  Your strobe has reflected off the particles in the water and ruined everything.  Damned backscatter.

What to do?  If you’re a power user of image manipulation software like Photoshop, you can spend a lot of time working on the image to get it back to what you saw, but most of us aren’t likely to go that route.  Even if you have the means to do the job, the touchup is tedious at best, so usually, the grouper is banished to the dark depths of the hard drive, or (gasp!) deleted forever.

Yes, it’s best to prevent the problem in the first place (get in close, turn the flash off when more than a few feet away, etc.) but that won’t help you now.  However, there are some additional things you can do to salvage the shot.

- You can minimize the effect by turning off sharpening.  No point in accentuating the appearance of the particles, and since they are usually bright spots against a darker background, the sharpening process will do just that. 

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A Vastly Under Appreciated Skill In Underwater Photography

A Vastly Under Appreciated Skill In Underwater Photography

Hi Vivid-Pixers!

The first two images discussed in this blog were created in oceans that are halfway around the world from each other. In addition to that, the images were created were significantly different camera systems. The shot of the rosy-lipped batfish resting on the sand was created with a macro lens at Costa Rica’s Cocos Island.

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Expose For The Highlights

Expose For The Highlights

Hi Vivid-Pixers,

In many respects digital photography has a lot in common with analog photography, meaning the use of film. For example both digital and film cameras use f/stops, shutter speed and ISO to govern exposure. Another commonality is that at depth the use of strobe light is required to “paint in” colors back into foreground elements. If not for the use of strobe light those colors would be lost from the selective filtration of white light from the sun that occurs as sunlight passes through the water column.

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Create Good Pre-Dive Habits To Help Make Great Photographs

Create Good Pre-Dive Habits To Help Make Great Photographs

Hi Vivid-Pixers,

In all of my previous blogs I have written about techniques involving things you want to consider or do during a dive. This blog is a bit different in that I will be discussing some things that you will want to do before your dives as you prepare and assemble your camera system.

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