Aquatica underwater housings for Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D90
Wetpixel friend Aquatica has announced the production of housings for the Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D90 digital SLRs. Both cameras are capable of HD video, and the design of these housings specifically addressed ergonomic button positioning to allow for activation and control of all shooting modes. While each housing features knurled and grooved knobs for better control while wearing gloves, the Aquatica 5D Mark II housings adds a hydrophone for audio pickup underwater.
As with other recent Aquatica releases, the aluminum housings are compatible with the Aqua View accessory viewfinder, offer convenient port lock and lens release buttons, and are rated to a minimum of 300ft/90m. Continue reading for both press releases, and to view images of these new housings…
Magic Filters releases new DVD, “Shooting Magic”
Our good friends over at Magic Filters have officially released their new instructional DVD, “Shooting Magic” (available immediately). The DVD was filmed and produced by Peter Rowlands and follows underwater photographer Alex Mustard over 6 dives in the Red Sea, 3 shooting with his DSLR and 3 with his compact camera. Alex demonstrates and describes the techniques he is using and the considerations, both technical and artistic, that go into producing stunning available light photographs with Magic filters.
Mustard writes, “The DVD covers white balancing, subject selection, approach, exposure, composition, why you need a filter, etc. An important feature is that after each dive, we do a review of the shots and discuss in detail why some have worked and others have not. It gives you an idea of what you can expect to achieve in similar conditions. You will see all the shots, both good and bad, unadjusted straight from the camera…”
Last call for BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition entries
The British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) has issued a last call for entries for their annual underwater photography print competition, in association with Diver Magazine and the London Aquarium.
With categories for photos from both UK and overseas waters, the competition will take place at the London International Dive Show on March 28-29, 2009 where prints will be displayed for judging. The deadline for entry is February 23, 2009 - submit your prints quickly!
Volunteers needed for coverage of Avalon Underwater Cleanup
Every year, the Catalina Conservancy coordinates the Avalon Underwater Cleanup, an event attended by hundreds of divers in an effort to clean up trash on Catalina Island. Now in its 28th year, the Cleanup also serves to raise funds for continued operation of the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber.
Wetpixel sponsor H2O Photo Pros has offered “to produce a multimedia piece as well as still photographs that will be used to promote and advertise the clean up event for years to come,” but they need your help! A handful of volunteers have offered their time, but still needed are additional underwater and topside videographers and photographers to document the event. Transportation, tanks, and weights are provided to volunteers! Continue reading for all the details…
FiNS Magazine goes multimedia
Our good friends over at FiNS Magazine have launched a new website! FiNS is now entirely web-based, and has relaunched its website to incorporate video podcasts, blog posts and PDF articles, with the objective of making use of mixed media to showcase the amazing dive destinations in Asia.
Apparently the FiNS Team lost many hours of sleep putting the new site together, so head on over to finsonline.com to check out the new site!
Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia Expeditions, Mar/Apr 2009
EXPEDITION #1: Sorong, Halmahera, Ambon | March 7-22, 2009 (15 days)Fully booked.
EXPEDITION #2: Ambon, Banda Sea, Maumere | March 25-April 9, 2009 (15 days)
SDUPS announces 40th Film Festival in San Diego, Apr 25, 2009
The San Diego Underwater Photographic Society (SDUPS) is proud to announce that its 40th Film Festival will be held in San Diego, CA at Qualcomm Hall on April 25, 2009.
In celebration of this, SDUPS’s 40th Film Festival, SDUPS has expanded the film festival’s program to include: a) a Matinee Show featuring films from SDUPS members, b) a reception honoring many of San Diego’s underwater pioneers, c) a headliner film from Steve Drogin shot utilizing his DeepSee submarine, and d) a worldwide film contest that includes a $500 first place prize.
NCUPS, Backscatter host free underwater photo and video seminar
The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS), Backscatter’s Berkley White, and Wallin’s Dive Center are hosting a two-day underwater digital photo and video workshop on February 13-14, 2009. The event is free and open to the public, and will cater to the full range of novice through advanced divers and underwater photographers.
The Friday night classroom seminar will involve a presentation of underwater imagery and a discussion of techniques, while the Saturday morning event will be a hands-on pool session with tips for each individual’s specific shooting needs. Backscatter will also have demo gear to try out for those interested in the various equipment choices - continue reading for more details…
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