Book Review: Reef Life
When Eric Cheng asked me to review Reef Life: Natural History and Behaviors of Marine Fish and Invertebrates (by Denise and Larry Tackett) I gladly accepted the task for two main reasons. First, I was very glad to see that a book about natural history and behavior of marine life was out, as there are not many books available on this subject. Second, I didn’t know about the book and didn’t have a copy! The main objective of the book is to simplify marine biology in a way that divers and aquarists can understand it, but still keep it scientifically accurate. Click on the link to the full article and find out if they succeeded!
RSMAS 2006 Underwater Photography Contest
RSMAS (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science) is running a photo contest with dive travel and cash prizes with a deadline for submission of April 17, 2006. Only amateur photographers can enter (defined as those who make less than 20% of their income through photography), and no photos that have been accepted for publication will be accepted.
DEMA Show 2006 website is live
DEMA Show 2006’s website is now live. (You know how you have to say “DMV” and not “the DMV?” Same deal here, it seems!)
Providing vital information about the upcoming DEMA Show 2006 taking place November 8-11, 2006 in Orlando, Florida, the DEMA Show website is an invaluable resource for all exhibitors and attendees. The site currently features everything from Show registration guidelines and a downloadable floor plan to information on sponsorship opportunities, access to the Exhibitor Resource Center and a link to the official website for the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau to help exhibitors and attendees plan their trip.
Book Review: Underwater Photographer
This morning a copy of Martin Edge’s new book The Underwater Photographer dropped through my letterbox. The book will be officially released at the London International Dive Show (1/2 April 2006), but I believe that this is such an important book for underwater photographers that I wanted to write a review straight away. The Underwater Photographer is a third edition, but it has been so thoroughly revised to include digital techniques that it could have easily justified a new title. The late, great Jim Church said of second edition that it “set a standard that will only be surpassed when Martin writes a third edition”. Read our review to see if it lives up to this billing.
Steve Douglas on underwater video
Underwater videographer Steve Douglas (who was also my original certifying instructor!) has an excellent, comprehensive article on underwater videography posted over at Ken Stone’s Final Cut Pro website. It’s a perfect first read for scuba divers and still photographers looking to shoot video underwater.
INON announces flagship Z-240 strobe
INON has announced a new flagship strobe, the Z-240. It features INON’s trademark, compact body, an in-air guide number of 24 (about 20% more powerful than the Z-220), multiple flash modes (including S-TTL), 24-step external auto, and 13-step manual & Nikonos TTL for film camera support. INON says that with common AA NiMH (2,700mAh) batteries, the flash will output 320 full flash dumps per charge.
Wetpixel Bahamas Trip 2006: images and video
We’re back from our 2006 Wetpixel Bahamas shark expedition! It will be some time before an official trip report is up; until then, please enjoy eleven shark videos and tons of photos in the Photo and Gallery Showcase forum and in the Video forum. We’re already looking forward to next year!
Nature’s Best/Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Let’s continue Wetpixel’s trend of having its members win competitions! The deadlines for two of the most prestigious wildlife photography competitions in the world are just around the corner. The Nature’s Best Competition has a postmark deadline of April 29th, 2006, and the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year closes on March 31, 2006. This year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year accepts entry uploads and payment through their website, but be sure to allow for plenty of time to upload entry images and RAW files (which are required).
Light & Motion Komodo Video Workshop 2006
Our friends at Light & Motion are running a video workshop aboard the Voyager, Kararu’s newest liveaboard dive boat. Join underwater video experts Dan Baldocchi and Michael Topolovac on a trip to Komodo this August 24 - September 4th, 2006. If you’re not already shooting HD, L&M will have a few Sony FX1 and HC1 HD cameras and housings on hand for you to try on board.