A&P Underwater Photographers v.Tips/Touchups

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  1. neonwheels

    neonwheels New Member

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    I just came back from Cancun, took some underwater pictures.

    My setup: Canon Powershot A610 (5MP) w' underwater case (no flash)

    There is a lot of blue to the pictures, is there a way through photoshop to bring back more of the natural colors? I'll try and post examples shortly, but I may be SOL.

    Also, since there is no such thing as an underwater tripod, any tips to get a better "in-focus" shot or just to minimize the blur?

    Thanks for any advice. :bigthumb:
     
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    I better start lookin' for an underwater kit for my S2 IS :eek3:

    The madness will go through new horizons! :o
     
  3. neonwheels

    neonwheels New Member

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    I think I paid 2/3 of the price of the camera for the underwater case... :noes:

    But definitely worth it for some of the things you get to see... :bowdown:
     
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    cases for the d70 are almost 3-4x the price of the camera. i'd still love to have one...lets see the pics.
     
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    Try using one fin for balance... also a good trick is to exhale slowly into your shot..this gives ur body a steady movement approaching whatever your target is, photoshop has a bunch of filter to help with spots and other annoying things on your shots the best way to take an underwater pick is to get under and in front of your target (so u can take advantage of natural light if its day time ) and slowly exhale into your target.. once you start doing this its a world of difference
     
  6. Kinks

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    just use the auto colour (if you must) or colour balance menu. everything underwater looks really blue, the only way to solve that is to use a decently powerful underwater flash. a compact camera's flash will do 3/8ths of fuck all, so just use the PS trick and they'll at least look reasonable (if a tad noisy).
     
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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    underwater case for my camera is like 2 grand :wtc:
     
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    The one fin wouldn't work, WAY too much current... :hs:

    I'm working on the exhaling. I have a nasty habit of holding my breath. :o
     
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    I just turn the flash off... the diffuser on the camera case just causes more noise than anything else.

    I found a nice Ikelight, but the attachment it was on wasn't long enough... So I continue to search. :wtc:
     
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    What camera?
     
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    I don't suppose you can shoot RAW with that camera can you?
     
  12. Kinks

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    compact cameras' on-camera flash is hopeless. very poor strength and like you say, causes all the grit in the water to show up because the flash goes off right next to the lens and the grit reflects the light. You need an external flash with a reasonable angle between the camera and flash to avoid this. once you get to this level though it gets expensive.

    just shoot in available light and correct for the blue colour cast in PS. Auto Levels does a surprisingly good job, actually, although it occasionally makes things turn weird colours (in which case you'll have to do a manual colour balance).
     
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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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