Adobe launches Photoshop Elements 9 Photo

Adobe launches Photoshop Elements 9

At Photokina, Adobe has announced the release of Photoshop Elements 9, which incorporates some of the new features from its larger sibling, Photoshop CS5. These include an adaption of the content aware fill feature, that so excited underwater photographers as a solution to backscatter removal. Element 9 also incorporates layer masks for the first time in this package, and is available for Mac users.

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Panasonic announces GH2 micro 4/3 camera Photo

Panasonic announces GH2 micro 4/3 camera

Panasonic has announced the successor to it’s popular GH1 micro 4/3 camera: The GH2. The camera builds on the GH1’s ‘hybrid’ stills/video philosophy but adds a new sensor, with an 18Mp multi-aspect ratio offering 16Mp output and an ISO range of 160-12800. The camera offers HD video at 1080/60i (50i in PAL versions) and 1080/24p native at 24mbps. In addition, it offers variable frame rates for under or over cranking, fast AF and live view, with the later operating at 60 frames per second.

The GH2 will be compatible with the new Panasonic 3D interchangeable lens and is due to be available from early December.

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Gates add underwater monitor to DSLR Photo

Gates add underwater monitor to DSLR

Gates Underwater Products has announced that they can mount their EM43 external monitor to DSLR housings. The company has successfully attached the monitor to an Aquatica Canon 5DMkII housing and can now do so with other housing brands or models. Gates will require the housing and camera for one week and thereafter can advise feasibility, lead time and cost. This modification will further blur the boundary between video and still cameras, and will allow underwater filmmakers to view the video being captured at a reasonable size.

People planning to do so should be aware that it may void their manufacturers warranty, although Gates are at pains to stress that they will stand by the quality of their work.

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Hamptons Conservation & Wildlife Film Festival: 24-26 September Photo

Hamptons Conservation & Wildlife Film Festival: 24-26 September

The Conservation & Wildlife Film Festival has announced that the Hamptons Conservation & Wildlife Film Festival is scheduled at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor this weekend, September 24-26. An opening reception takes place on Friday evening from 6:00 with a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, short films and an address by keynote speaker Fabien Cousteau. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Fabien’s new non-profit Plant A Fish.

Saturday and Sunday will feature over 50 film documentaries, representing over 20 countries and including over 15 world premiers. Tickets are now on sale online.

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2010 San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition Photo

2010 San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition

From the audience’s point of view, every San Diego Undersea Film exhibition (SDUFEX) gets better and better. From a film maker’s point of view, every one gets tougher and tougher. That was the case for the 11th annual San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition, held last Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18 at Qualcomm Hall. This exhibition has taken on a life of its own, as film makers and attendees alike have highlighted it on their annual to-do lists.

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Official release of Nauticam NA-NEX5 housing Photo

Official release of Nauticam NA-NEX5 housing

Nauticam has officially released their NA-NEX5 housing at the Photokina exhibition today. The housing, for the Sony NEX-5 EVIL camera, has already created a great deal of interest due to its ability to use Nikonos lenses via an adapter. The housing also features: A port locking system, super sensitive shutter release and connectors for optical TTL strobes. In addition, the housing has styling designed to be reminiscent of the Nikonos system and the cameras LCD monitor can be angled to allow easier viewing.

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Nina Salerosa: A video in defense of Bahamas sharks Photo

Nina Salerosa: A video in defense of Bahamas sharks

With the looming threat of a commercial shark finning operation being established in the Bahamas, filmmaker Joe Romeiro has chosen to use his skills to show sharks in a different light in his short film “Nina Salerosa”. In the film renowned dive master Christina Zenato interacts very closely with a group of sharks during a feeding session. The Caribbean reef sharks in the video appear as beautiful, graceful creatures and this image helps to overturn the perception of sharks as being aggressive, and to create sympathy with their possible plight.

Meanwhile, the Bahamas National Trust, in partnership with the Pew Environmental Group, has launched a campaign to create legislation that would ban finning, and nearly a dozen environmental groups have begun lobbying for the sharks. In addition, the online petition calling for legal protection of Bahamian sharks has attracted nearly 6000 signatures. If you haven’t added yours yet though, please do so now.

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Fiber optic snoot system for underwater strobes Photo

Fiber optic snoot system for underwater strobes

I am currently on the M/V Shear Water anchored just outside of the famous Blue Heron Bridge critter dive in Palm Beach, Florida. Not long ago, we were surprised by a diver who burst out of the water onto our back deck — it was Shen, who works at Reef Photo & Video (and who, incidentally, is a critter expert at Blue Heron Bridge).

I noticed that Shen’s Subal rig had LocLine arms attached to the end of his Ikelite strobes. I looked inside the arms to see if they were painted white and discovered fiber optic cables!

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Call for entries: Epson Red Sea Images of the world Photo

Call for entries: Epson Red Sea Images of the world

Epson Red Sea has announced a competition open to both amateurs and professionals, for underwater images taken anytime and anywhere in the world. There are several entry categories available: Linked theme portfolio of 5 images, shark image, single color image, wreck image and environmental image.

Deadline for registration and receiving entries is 10 October 2010.

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