Kraken Solar Flare Max Video Light Review

Nov 20, 2016
My first impression when seeing the Kraken 10,000 lumen Solar Flare Max underwater video light was how nicely crafted they are. The light is incredibly durable with metal construction and a strong glass dome for the LED lights that spreads the light underwater. It also comes with a neoprene cover for the dome  and nice soft carrying case – similar to a camera bag. I was on a “roughing it” type live-aboard with no accommodations for camera gear. So having such large and heavy lights along was challenging. But the Solar Flare lights provided such beautiful illumination that it was worth the struggles.

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Light & Motion Sola Video Pro 8000 Light Review

Mar 28, 2016
I recently had the opportunity to try out the Light & Motion Sola Video Pro 8000 Lights while diving in the Red Sea. These 8000 lumen video lights are very close in size to a good set of strobes – bigger than the other video lights I have used – but still fairly compact for an 8000 lumen light.

Due to the size and density, they are, of course, negatively buoyant, so I added 2 large floats to compensate for both the lights and the 180mm dome port I was using. This made my Nauticam GH4 rig close to neutral, but just slightly negative.

They came with a ball mount, although a YS mount is available. At first I thought I wouldn’t like that, but it turned out to be an asset, making it easier to get the lights positioned at the angles I wanted – as opposed to the more restrictive YS mount, or flex arms – which really wouldn’t hold these larger lights well.

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Nauticam Panasonic GH4 Review

Jan 6, 2016
I recently took a dive trip to Bayahibe, Dominican Republic to do underwater video. But, before my trip, I finally had the opportunity to upgrade my underwater photo/video system.

Working in an underwater photography store for over a year now has given me a lot of time to think about what camera system would work best for me. It has also made me aware of a huge amount of technical information as well as the opinions of many other underwater photographers. Sometimes I think that made it harder for me to decide (as I have changed my mind several times over the past year) because I know of so many options.

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i-Torch Venom c92 Video Light Review

Dec 8, 2015
After years of using older and less powerful lights, or relying on filters and manual white balance, I had the pleasure to test out the new iTorch Venom c92 video lights. The results were undeniably improved, with clean, vibrant colors and far more detail. So… I will never go without good quality video lights again.

The i Torch Venom c92 produces a nice, even light with 4000 lumens of brightness. I loved the LED read-out so I always knew exactly what power setting each light was on and I could be sure that both lights were set the same. I also was able to easily remember what power setting I needed for what type of dive, because of the number display. The fact that there are two buttons also made control of the light much more user friendly – one to control the mode and one for the power level, making things super clear cut.

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Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens Review

Dec 8, 2015
When deciding on a lens for my new Panasonic Lumix GH4 camera body, I chose the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO lens over a Panasonic lens, and I have been extremely happy with my decision. I just recently started shooting Mirrorless and after years of using only high quality Canon lenses, I was a little concerned about finding mirrorless lenses that would measure up. This lens sure does!

The Olympus M. Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens is a really good choice lens for wide-angle shooting – as well as close focus wide angle – in any condition.

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How to Photograph People Underwater

Dec 10, 2014
Divers and models make nice subjects to inspire wonder and excitement for the underwater environment. A human presence in this surreal, weightless surrounding can really draw your viewer in and help them relate to your image.

There are 2 major ways to photograph people underwater: scuba divers in a marine environment – or – models posing for art, fashion or advertising

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How to Photograph Animals Underwater

Nov 19, 2014
Capture the unique beauty and wonderment of the underwater world where mysterious creatures exist. Underwater animals represent a unique world that not everyone gets to experience. Capturing these interactions fuels the imagination and inspires creativity.

There are two ways to photograph animals underwater – Wide Angle and Macro. Wide angle is best for big animals, groups of fish, animal interaction & the larger animal in its environment. Macro is for details or close-ups and little creatures. Don’t fall into the habit of using a single lens for everything. Research your dive sites and change your lens for best results.

When photographing animals underwater, 4 things come into play – luck, patience, knowledge and skill.

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Review of Camera Systems for Shooting Underwater Video

Nov 11, 2014
Video options have come a long way! Chances are, you might already have a camera that is capable of shooting video – so where does your camera fit in? Or maybe you are looking to upgrade and you’d like to know your options?

We’ve researched some current offerings and have listed several in each product range. Let’s take a look at what’s out there…

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Tips for Underwater Photographers Thinking About Shooting Video

Nov 6, 2014
Have you ever been on a dive where you see some big animals – but you just can’t get close enough to capture a really good photo? This is the perfect chance to try out video. Some scenes that don’t make good still photos can actually make great video – like a group of dolphins off in the distance. Or, would you like to show behaviors, or tell a story? Do you want to show your non-diving friends and family how cool it really is? How about showing the world your story – online?

Video options have come a long way! Chances are, you might already have a camera that is capable of shooting video – so where does your camera fit in? Or maybe it’s time to upgrade and you’d like a camera that can shoot both photos and video?

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