Call for tips from the community: “Going Wide” Photo

Call for tips from the community: “Going Wide”

Jason Heller & Eric Cheng are working on a piece for the May issue of Sport Diver Magazine called “Going Wide.” The column will have a sidebar with tips on wide-angle underwater photography from the communities of both Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide.

Whether you shoot with a compact / point ‘n shoot camera or a top-of-the-line SLR, shooting wide underwater is both challenging and rewarding. “Going wide” requires specific equipment, approaches and techniques. Do you have any tips or tricks that you want to share with the readers of Sport Diver Magazine?

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Best Shots of 2007 wrap-up Photo

Best Shots of 2007 wrap-up

Congratulations to Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide members Tim Rock, Stuart Halewood, Peter Mooney, Laurent Kbaier, Lasse Iverson, Marco Caraceni, Tom Kline, and Chris Wildblood for having their images selected for publication in the “Your Best Shots” feature in this month’s Sport Diver Magazine!  To see all of the submissions from our members, check out the submission thread in the forums.  There is also a pdf available for download.

Also tradition is the running of a “FavoUrite shot” thread at the end of each calendar year. The shots from last year were fantastic, and you should definitely click over if you are a fan of underwater photography.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 underwater housing review Photo

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 underwater housing review

LetsGoDigital reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 underwater housing for Panny’s T23 digital camera. 

Excerpt: All in all I am very pleased with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and the DMW-MCTZ3 underwater housing. Biggest plus of this camera is the large zoom range of 28-280mm that makes the camera perfect for using underwater as well as on land. It only took seconds to take the camera out of the housing…

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OWU 2008 and DEEP 2008 photo/video contest deadlines approaching Photo

OWU 2008 and DEEP 2008 photo/video contest deadlines approaching

Attention photographers and videographers: the deadline for the Our World-Underwater photo and video contest is just around the corner! Get your images and videos in before January 15, 2008.  DEEP Indonesia’s deadline follows just one month later.  As a reminder, we’re giving away over $80,000 in combined prizes, including 30 dive expeditions and a bunch of underwater photography gear.

Winning images will be prominently featured in issue 3 of Wetpixel Quarterly and dozens of other print and online publications, including Sport Diver, Dive (UK), FiNS, Scuba Diver Australasia, X-Ray, UwP, and more.

Entry forms and detailed guidelines can be found at underwatercompetition.com.

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DivePhotoGuide / Wakatobi Underwater Photo & Video Festival 2008 Photo

DivePhotoGuide / Wakatobi Underwater Photo & Video Festival 2008

DivePhotoGuide is running its 2008 Underwater Photo & Video Festival at Wakatobi resort in Sulawesi, Indonesia.  Spend

7 days aboard the Pelagian

(sold out) or 11 days at Wakatobi resort with Jason Heller and Mike Luzansky of H2O Photo Pros this coming March and April, 2008. There are only a few spots left, so if you’re looking for a last-minute booking for a photo and video festival, book now.

The event is sponsored by Amphibico, Sea & Sea, Mares, H2O Photo Pros, Ultralight Control Systems, and Sport Diver Magazine, who have donated over $10,000 in prizes.  Winning images in the contest will be published in Sport Diver Magazine.

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Seacam 250 TTL strobe reviewed by Andre Crone Photo

Seacam 250 TTL strobe reviewed by Andre Crone

Underwater photographer Andre Crone has published a review of the Seacam 250TTL strobe on his website.:

“I wanted to see if the TTL from the Seacam was comparable with the SB800 strobe from Nikon. I also wanted to show the wide angle performance of the Strobe.”

His results are very interesting! Click through to see them…

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New FAA rules about lithium batteries Photo

New FAA rules about lithium batteries

The FAA has recently passed a new rule that limits what you can do with lithium batteries while traveling on airplanes in the US. This only applies to Lithium batteries, not to other types of batteries like NICad or NiMH. 

Moderator Cor Bosman has summarized the effect this new rule will have on divers and underwater photographers.  “Almost all batteries and devices that we as divers and photographers carry will not be impacted by this rule. This means you can still travel with them, but you must carry any spare batteries in carry on. “

He has also posted a formula you can use to determine the lithium content of your batteries.

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Review of Bret Gilliam’s “Diving Pioneers and Innovators” Photo

Review of Bret Gilliam’s “Diving Pioneers and Innovators”

[Diving Pioneers and Innovators] consists of 19 in-depth interviews with some of the pioneers, movers, and shakers of diving…They range in time from the 1950s Zale Parry to present day icons like John Chatterton and Wes Skiles. The careers of some of these still-active divers span nearly the entire history of scuba diving: Stan Waterman, Bev Morgan, Ron and Valerie Taylor, and Chuck Nicklin.  Michele Hall rates her own chapter, as does Howard.

The book fills 489 pages and weighs 4 ½ pounds, so it hardly qualifies as airplane reading.  Instead it’s something to take into a comfortable chair in the living room and read a chapter or two each night.  It’s almost like having a diving legend sitting in the chair next to you, and carrying on a conversation with an old friend…

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