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Looking for Help Improving My Photos

Discussion in 'Tips and Techniques' started by CharlieDontDive, May 19, 2019.

  1. Ryan Neely

    Ryan Neely Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Akeley, MN USA
    Perfect, @Chris Ross . Thanks for the clarification. This all sounds accurate now. You rock.
  2. bmorescuba

    bmorescuba Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
    A lot of good advice so far. It can be very hard when you're starting out to keep all the variables in your head. If there's only one thing to try and remember, it's - Get Close. Looking at your photos from Dutch, I can see that the strobe did not "hit" at all. Your strobe is your main source of color - of anything not looking just green. You should shoot in RAW and learn some editing, but even that can only go so far. So before you worry too much about strobe positioning, think about how your strobe is working.

    On land, in a dark room, make sure the strobe is firing correctly. Then, see how close you can get to a test subject while still being able to focus. This should be about 3.5", according to the SeaLife website. Then, move back 6" at a time and see what happens to the light. Underwater, you can only count on strobes working well up until about 3' away. Once you're more than 5-6' away, the strobe is doing very little.

    So, keeping this in mind, think about - do I want to light this wide-angle scene with the strobe? How much can I get in the frame if I'm 3-4' away? If that's not going to work for you, you can focus on using only ambient light, try experimenting with Black & White, or buy a wide-angle wet lens. A wide-angle wet lens screws onto the front of the DC2000 and allows you to stay close enough for the strobes to work, but lets more of the scene into the camera. You'll often see people choose Black & White for very wide angle scenes because there's no chance of lighting them with normal strobes anyway, and rendering to Black & White can bring out more detail.

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  3. CharlieDontDive

    CharlieDontDive Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    This is a great response, thank you!
  4. CharlieDontDive

    CharlieDontDive Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Thanks for the feedback. I actually DID buy a wide angle lens on a lark but have yet to use it. I'm going to try it out soon.

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