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Frogfish Underwater Photo Tips For Lembeh

FROGFISH UNDERWATER PHOTO TIPS FOR LEMBEH by James Emery TIPS FROM OUR BACKSCATTER AUTHORIZED PHOTO CENTER LEMBEH RESORT, INDONESIA My name is James Emery and I am the Backscatter Authorized Photo Pro working at Lembeh Resort in Indonesia. Lembeh Resort is a luxurious boutique resort situated in a private cove on Lembeh Island. Within the…
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Best Buoyancy Solutions For Underwater Cameras

We consider buoyancy the number one reason divers struggle with underwater photography. A camera system with comfortable buoyancy is much easier to use, will result in better photos, make your dive more enjoyable, and protect the reef. There is no one-size-fits-all formula for buoyancy, but there are some ground rules. First, make sure you understand…
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THE BEST UNDERWATER LENSES FOR COMPACT CAMERAS 2020

  THE BEST UNDERWATER LENSES FOR COMPACT CAMERAS 2020 From the Caribbean to the Coral Triangle, the Backscatter team has spent hundreds of hours shooting compact cameras underwater. The team has shot and tested dozens of compact (a.k.a. point-and-shoot) cameras with accessory lenses to find the best match between performance, price and the goals of…
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BACKSCATTER IS SHIPPING DAILY WITH FULL TECH SUPPORT

BACKSCATTER IS SHIPPING DAILY WITH FULL TECH SUPPORT In an effort to keep the Backscatter staff and customers safe our is working with a very small (and very sterilized) shipping team at the Backscatter headquarters in Monterey, with the rest of the staff working from home. Rest assured that we are still answering every phone…
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WEIRD UNDERWATER LENSES

WEIRD UNDERWATER LENSES Let’s Get Weird When it comes to underwater photography lenses, the best performance and most reliable results are going to come from either the ultra-wide fisheye or high-magnification macro ends of the lens spectrum. These have long been the go-to types of lenses for creating classic underwater photos and with good reason.…
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BEST UNDERWATER CAMERAS OF 2020: COMPACT CAMERAS

BEST UNDERWATER CAMERAS OF 2020: COMPACT CAMERAS Compact cameras are some of the best cameras for shooting underwater, as they are often easy to learn, easy to dive and travel with, and less expensive than their SLR counterparts, while still yielding outstanding image results and fast shooting speeds. Backscatter compiles this guide every year to…
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MANTA UNDERWATER PHOTO TIPS FOR SOCORRO

MANTA UNDERWATER PHOTO TIPS FOR SOCORRO by David Serradell TIPS FROM BACKSCATTER'S AUTHORIZED PHOTO CENTER - NAUTILUS, CABO MEXICO My name is David Serradell and I am the Backscatter Authorized Photo Pro working on Nautilus Liveaboards in Baja California Sur. SeeCreatures, the Nautilus Dive Center located in Cabo, is an Authorized Backscatter Photo Center where…
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Laowa Venus 24mm f/14 Macro Probe Lens–Underwater Lens Review

Tracking a subject on the move with manual focus, lighting with a snoot, and with a secondary subject in the background made for a very challenging shot with this cuttlefish. Over 90 shots later, the effort was worth the end result. A 24MM WIDE ANGLE LENS DESIGNED FOR MACRO “Whoa! What is that thing?!?" is…
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Sony a7R IV Underwater Camera Review

The Sony a7R IV video looks really good in the right conditions. Macro is its strong point, but the ambient light wide angle looks good down to about 45 feet. Backscatter has been busy putting the new Sony a7R IV to the test in the clear tropical waters of Little Cayman and the mucky, macro-rich…
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Backscatter Mini Flash Field Test—What is a Snoot and Why You Need One

The new Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 and Optical Snoot OS-1 can turbo-charge your macro creativity by isolating subjects and creating a completely new perspective for your shots. We’ll look at side-by-side comparisons of the same subjects with and without a snoot to see the difference, and an image gallery showing creative ways to use a…
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Olympus TG-6 Best Underwater Camera Settings

In Part 1, we will cover all the settings and techniques you need to know for capturing outstanding Macro Photos with the Olympus TG-6 and a single Strobe. The Olympus TG-6 is a popular camera for divers looking for a compact and affordable way to shoot both photos and videos underwater. This is our comprehensive…
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