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Muck Diving

Muck Diving

Muck diving. The term hardly sounds appealing, but in many popular diving destinations muck diving is the rage. As the name suggests, muck diving involves diving in areas where the sea floor is mud, clay or sand, preferably black sand in an area near where a freshwater river empties into the sea. Thus, muck diving habitats are considerably different than a kelp forest or coral reef where the vast majority of sport diving has been done for years.

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Let There Be Light!

Let There Be Light!

Here’s A Question For You

Let’s assume you want to create an image that has a strobe-lit, colorful foreground subject and properly exposed water in the background. If you are diving in rather dark, greenish water as you might be in New England, California, Oregon and Washington etc., would you want your strobe to emit a brighter light (more powerful strobe or higher power setting on your strobe) because the water at depth is not brightly lit by the sun, or would you want a less power, thus light that is not as bright, to be emitted from your strobe?

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One Strobe Or Two? What’s Right For You, And Why

One Strobe Or Two? What’s Right For You, And Why

In almost every underwater photography class I teach, when the subject is lighting and strobes students are quick to ask a question regarding how many strobes they should use. My answer usually comes in the form of a question, or several questions. That’s the way I teach. I want students to think about the potential answers and my reasons for answering the way I do instead of trying to memorize my answer and simply accepting it.

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Have Underwater Camera. Will Photograph Fish.

Have Underwater Camera. Will Photograph Fish.

Hi Vivid-Pixers!

“Have underwater camera. Will photograph fish”. 

I think this mantra applies to just about every underwater photographer in the world. After all, colorful fishes are one of the underwater world’s feature attractions, and for photographers many species are simply irresistible. But despite all of the things that fishes have going for them- color, beauty, eye-catching antics and fascinating behaviors etc.- it is still possible to take rather boring photographs of even some of the more handsome fishes.

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One-Click Editing with Vivid-Pix - We test the editing capabilities of Vivid-Pix with .jpg images from La Paz

One-Click Editing with Vivid-Pix - We test the editing capabilities of Vivid-Pix with .jpg images from La Paz

Read the article "One-Click Editing with Vivid-Pix - We test the editing capabilities of Vivid-Pix with .jpg images from La Paz" written by By Brent Durand that appeared on the Underwater Photography Guide website

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Making Photographs

Making Photographs

Hi Vivid-Pixers!

If you watch new underwater photographers as I have over the years, you would surely see that a significant percentage of them that try to take pictures of dozens of subjects on almost every dive. I often explain their style as “shooting at anything with gills”.  

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Fill A Pleasing Percentage Of Your Frame

Fill A Pleasing Percentage Of Your Frame

One of the pitfalls for underwater photographers, especially newer shooters, is failing to have their subject fill a pleasing percentage of their photographic frame. All too often, the result is a fantastic subject that is too small in an image. In short, the best way to describe a picture like that is “an opportunity lost”.

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I'm pleased to see the seas

I'm pleased to see the seas

This is so cool...

Pardon me for the dated use of “cool.”  I don’t have a better way to express what I feel. 

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Waves of Grain

Waves of Grain

Though certainly not the norm, occasionally some photos can come out grainy.  

When an image is very dark, or very low contrast, the potential for graininess rises.  In particular, when your camera is forced to boost the low light level that it captures, the image may become grainy.  You may not realize this is happening because cameras generally make this boost automatically.  And some cameras do this boosting much better than others.

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Light-hearted Contrasting Opinions

Light-hearted Contrasting Opinions

So just what is lightness and contrast?

In an image, lightness (or brightness) is the overall light level.  The picture of an eel in a coral crevasse at 30 feet is a good example of an image without much lightness, unless you illuminate it with a strobe.  A dolphin just under the surface can be an example of an image with high lightness.

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Lookin' Sharper

Lookin' Sharper

While there are many techniques for sharpening, some yield better results than others.  We have selected one with a counterintuitive name...Unsharp Masking.  Why?  Because it tends to accentuate the important parts to the image without increasing visual noise or graininess.  

Unsharp Masking actually began as a clever technique to enhance the sharpness of printed images in the chemical/analog world.  Digital Unsharp Masking is uses a similar technique, and works something like this:

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Orange Photos

Orange Photos

It is always fun to add any new twist that you can think of for your underwater photography. I decided to experiment with things that were orange. I selected out lots of photos that I already had, and I also went on a few dives looking for anything with orange. I was very lucky and found my absolute favorite but elusive subject, the gaudy clown crab (Platypodiella spectabilis).

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Reef Ball - Restore a Picture, Restore a Reef

Reef Ball - Restore a Picture, Restore a Reef

As part of its Doing Good activities, Vivid-Pix is proud to be working with Reef Ball Foundation, an organization that has conducted over 6,000 projects, in 70+ countries, rehabilitating coral reefs. 

 

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Vivid-Pix Picture-Fix reviewed in July Issue of DIVER Magazine - Repost

Vivid-Pix Picture-Fix reviewed in July Issue of DIVER Magazine - Repost

Read the article written by Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary that appeared in the July Issue of DIVER Magazine.

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Use side lighting to make shadows

Use side lighting to make shadows

Don’t just use your strobes to light up everything. Sometimes you need to be careful how to use your strobes to NOT light parts of the image so that you can make shadows.

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Turning a small subject into a dramatic photo

Turning a small subject into a dramatic photo

Have you ever wondered how people find these huge red finger sponges on the same dive where you saw only little ones? The answer is that these ARE the little ones you saw but photographed very close with an extremely wide-angle lens that includes everything within a 180º diagonal area. That means that you can stand very close to your 8 foot wall at home and get the entire wall from floor to ceiling in your photo from just a few inches away.

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Roddenberry Adventures announces September Trashy Diver Winners!

Roddenberry Adventures announces September Trashy Diver Winners!

 

September Trashy Diver Contest Winners

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Roddenberry Adventures announces July Trashy Diver Winners!

Roddenberry Adventures announces  July Trashy Diver Winners!

 

July Trashy Diver Contest Winners

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Roddenberry Adventures announces June Trashy Diver Winners!

Roddenberry Adventures announces  June Trashy Diver Winners!

 

June Trashy Diver Contest Winners

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Grab your camera and hit the water because we want to see you be a “Trashy Diver!”

Grab your camera and hit the water because we want to see you be a “Trashy Diver!”

Roddenberry Adventures in partnership with NAUI Green Diver Initiative, and sponsored by TUSA, Blue Steel Scuba, Intova and Vivid-Pix present the 4th annual Trashy Diver Contest.  

CLICK HERE for contest and prize information.

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