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Homecoming to California Diving

I have just returned home from Orlando, Florida‚äîwhere I did not go to Disney World. However, I did attend the annual Diving Equipment Marketing Association (DEMA) trade show. This “wasn’t my first rodeo,” as a DEMA show attendee. I’ve been to this event thirty-some-odd times and it’s easy to fall into the “same show, different year” mindset.  But not this year. At this year’s show I felt a buzz of excitement, on the show floor that I haven’t noticed in a few years. What was […]

The Cold, Dirty, Truth: How to Get Good Photos in California Waters

Talk with underwater photographers about shooting in California and it probably won’t take long before you hear some comments about how much more challenging it is to produce compelling photographs in our home waters than it is in clear tropical water. I don’t disagree. But I will say that with some forethought, practice and good shooting techniques it is possible to create strong macro and wide-angle images in California waters much of the time. It’s simply a matter of employing the best shooting techniques to […]

Ultralight Control Systems GoPro Video Camera Accessories

Ultralight Control Systems latest products are for the wildly popular GoPro cameras. Ultralight manufacturers a single tray and a double tray for the regular camera, in addition to a double tray for the 3D housing. The handles on the trays allow you to then add a clamp and a video light. Ultralight also manufactures cages for the housings. These cages allow you to mount the GoPro with a cage around it keeping you from having to use the tabs at the bottom of the housing […]

Sea and Sea DX2G Sport Package Review

When I first switched to digital a few years back I had waited for SLR cameras to get to a minimum of 5 megapixels. They hit it and I bought a nice expensive SLR camera, wrapped it in an equally expensive housing and off I went underwater to shoot away. Needless to say, it was barely adequate but it did the job. And technology moved ahead at a blindingly rapid pace. Cameras became much cheaper, more versatile, and hosted far more megapixels than I could […]

How to Photograph Moray Eels

Second only to sharks are our photos of sharp-fanged moray eels that most impress our non-diving friends on the “dangers” of the deep-sea realm. Of course, we know better but with the right techniques we can still capture these impressive creatures in all their various “moods” from “smiling” to a ferrous fanged grin. Various lighting techniques and camera angles will bring out the best in these funny guys. FINDING THEM The California moray eel is a temperate water creature only found from Santa Barbara southward, […]

How to Photograph Lobster

Now that the fever of lobster hunting has died down as far as eating them goes, perhaps it is time we pick up our cameras and turn our attention to photographing them instead. These funny crustaceans that we just grab and head them off to the dinner table are actually quite interesting creatures, albeit on the simple side.  ABOUT LOBSTER The California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) is actually not a lobster, per se, but rather a crayfish. They lack the large front claws of their […]

Bluewater Photo Opens in Santa Monica

Bluewater Photo is a new underwater photography store in Southern California.  The store is run by underwater photography guide owner Scott Gietler, and veteran underwater photographers Mark Strickland and Todd Winner. The store is founded on the principals of excellent customer service, with a slogan of “we get you what you need, and show you how to use it.” Bluewater Photo carries inventory from more than a dozen manufacturers. We have gear for every need and budget ranging from inexpensive point and shoot setups for […]

How to Photograph Gorgonian Sea Fans

In Southern California waters we are blessed with temperate waters that encourage the growth of gorgonian sea fans. While they grow in branches that reach out from the reef, they are actually not a plant but rather a tightly grouped colony of tiny simple animals knows as polyps. The animals are a member of the Phylum Cnidaria animal group that also consists of anemones, jellies and corals. Much like their cousins they are very simple animals that consist of not much more than tentacles, a […]

Better Fish Portraits

The first step to good fish portraits is finding the subject. Sand and rocky reefs attract different types of fish. Why not get the best of both worlds? Choose a spot where sand meets rock. A low ridge with some kelp is a good sign that there may be fish nearby. It is time to quit searching and allow the shot to find you.  Start with a smaller subject. Empty your BCD completely and take a position on the sand nearby. A black-eyed goby makes […]

Light & Motion Sola 600 Underwater Light

Light & Motion is pleased to announce the shipping release of the all-new Sola 600 compact imaging light. The Sola 600 stakes out a new category of lighting with its versatility. From compact cameras to DSLRs to video housings, the Sola 600 is the perfect companion for all of these underwater imaging platforms. The Sola packs a blistering 679 lumens of light for 75 minutes with a clean even beam pattern and delivers 225 lumens of red light for close-up work at night. Berkley White […]

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