Photos: 2013 ScubaCam/Wetpixel ADEX Party
As it has been for the last 3 years, the ScubaCam/Wetpixel party was held on the first night of the Asian Dive Expo 2013 at Verve Pizza Bar. This year, the turn out was especially strong, with over 40 people joining the party, and it turned into a standing room only affair. From manufacturers like Subal and Nauticam to dive centers and even conservationists like Manta Trust, it was a fun night… and yes, we closed the bar down! I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Preview: Lightroom 5 beta’s “Visualize Spots” feature
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a preview of the new “Visualize Spots” feature in the Adobe Lightroom 5 beta. The mode, designed for identifying lens and sensor dust spots, opens the image with a black and white mask. The amount of detail that is shown can be controlled with a threshold slider. Adam has found that the mode is an amazing way of finding backscatter in images.
Vincent Laforet tutorials on time lapse photography
Vincent Laforet has had a tutorial series entitled “The Basics of Time Lapse Photography” published on the Canon Digital Learning Center. Spread over 4 episodes, the tutorials focus on helping Canon users to select and use their cameras to produce time lapse films, although he also offers considerable advice on frame calculation, interval settings, lensing, movement, production and sharing.
Coral repair bots seeks funding on Kickstarter
A team from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University are hoping to attract crowd-funding via [Kickstarter}(http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/376482095/coral-bots-teams-of-robots-that-repair-coral-reefs) for a project that will produce “coral-bots.” These are autonomous underwater robots that navigate across reefs, assessing damaged sections and transplanting healthy coral into those areas.
Nauticam releases LCD magnifier and sunscreen
Nauticam USA has announced the release of a combined sunscreen and magnifier for compact camera housings. This will both magnify and shade the LCD screens on many Nauticam compact and mirrorless camera housings. The unit has a dioptic adjustment that allows the user to add to correct the optic for their eyes.
Job opportunity: Reef Photo seeks a sales professional
Reef Photo & Video is seeking a motivated, organized and solution oriented individual to assist in customer service, sales and playing a flexible role with a successful team. Are you an avid underwater photographer or videographer? Are you a “people person” with excellent communication skills? Are you enthusiastic about expanding and sharing your technical understanding? If so, they want to hear from you!
Sigma announces 18-35mm f1.8 wide-angle zoom lens
Sigma has announced that they are releasing an 18-35mm wide-angle zoom with a constant aperture of f1.8. The 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens is, the company claims, the first lens to offer such a large aperture throughout its zoom range. Suitable for DX cameras, the camera has a minimum focus distance of 11”, which may make it suitable for underwater use.
Abi Smigel Mullens appointed as Wetpixel Associate Editor
We would like to welcome Abi Smigel Mullens as an Associate Editor. She has been a moderator of our community for some time, and has worked closely with Eric, Alex and Adam over several shows. For those who haven’t met her yet, she is a San Francisco based photographer who specializes in underwater images of kids through her business, Sea Star Underwater Portraits as well as more conventional underwater imagery.
- Reward after buzzards shot dead (via BBC)
- Sea Slug’s Disposable Penis Surprises Scientists (via DivePhotoGuide)
- VIDEO: Reviving a Tiger Shark (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Are there Antibiotics at the bottom of the Ocean? (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Sharks & Mantas of Mozambique in Peril (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Our World Underwater 2013 Competition Winners Announced (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Reptiles face risk of extinction (via BBC)
- The bug-hunters finding new species in their spare time (via BBC)
- Seafood Restaurant Fines Customers for Wasted Food (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Drug residues ‘alter fish behaviour’ (via BBC)