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.
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.
September Trashy Diver Contest Winners
July Trashy Diver Contest Winners
July – Most Amount of Trash
July – Most Unique Trash
Nathaniel Klumb from Louisiana
Nathaniel single-handedly removed
a Tackling Sled from the bayou.
Trashy Diver Contest 2014...
June Trashy Diver Contest Winners
June – Most Amount of Trash
Daryl McLaughlin from Florida
Divers remove gill cast nets in
Pecks Lake Reef off Hobe Sound, FL.
June – Most Unique Trash
Chuck Campbell from
North Carolina Diver
removes a newspaper stand.
Trashy Diver Contest 2014
Are you a "Trashy Diver"? Send pictures of trash you have collected to win some amazing monthly and grand prizes....
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.
Have you noticed that your underwater images aren’t always as sharp as what you are used to seeing topside? That’s probably because the water scatters the light bouncing off your subject.
If you don’t want to loose any sharpness due to light scattering, you’ll need to capture your photos in a vacuum. Probably not very practical, and doubtful that your subjects would like it in any case. In air or water, there will always be some redirection of photons by the molecules in between your camera and your subject. The effect is more noticeable in water than air, due to the greater density of the water. The Pros always say, “Get close,” and minimizing the light scattering is another reason to do so.
As Marshall McLuhan said, "The medium is the message."
While I'm not so sure he was talking about underwater photography, the principle is similar. The medium in which a signal travels influences the information received. This not only happens underwater, but topside is well. The sky tends to be blue (where you dive...not here in Rochester, NY, where gray is the dominant color) because of the differing interaction between atmospheric molecules and wavelengths of light.
Underwater, a similar effect occurs, and is more dramatic. Sunlight entering the water from above becomes filtered by the water, and the reduction of red light is greater than that of blue and green. So the deeper you go, the percentage of red in the available light becomes less and less. Additionally, the distance between you and what you are looking at provides an additional filtration, removing even more of the red light.
Actually, your camera (without flash) does a pretty good job of capturing the scene. The blue/green cast you see in your pictures is a good representation of the available light that bounced off the subject and was captured by the sensor. But your brain does a really nice job of automatically balancing those colors into a much more pleasing color balance. "Eyes, this can't be right. I'll fix it for you. You're welcome, Brain." It auto white balances for you, without any conscious involvement. So what your camera records is not what you saw....
Vivid-Pix, the provider of revolutionary underwater photography enhancement software, announced Save Our Leatherbacks Operation (S.O.L.O.) is the first charity involved with its new non-profit program.