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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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Lookin' Sharp!

Lookin' Sharp!

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.

 

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Why Are My Pictures So Blue Or Green?

Why Are My Pictures So Blue Or Green?

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.  

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Why doesn't my picture look like what I saw?

Why doesn't my picture look like what I saw?

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Vivid-Pix announces Save Our Leatherbacks Operation is first partner in non-profit program

Vivid-Pix announces Save Our Leatherbacks Operation is first partner in non-profit program

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.

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