Jeremy Payne on underwater color correction Photo

Jeremy Payne on underwater color correction

Wetpixel member Jeremy Payne posts a link to his technique for color correcting underwater images exposed with too little strobe light.

Here’s a method that can often return significant natural-looking color to your underwater images that have that blue/green cast. This technique works best with images without a lot of water column and lots of colorful stuff. I’m using Photoshop CS3 for this tutorial, but most of the effects are easy to replicate in other editors.

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Layang Layang Underwater Photo Shootout 2008 winners Photo

Layang Layang Underwater Photo Shootout 2008 winners

The results are in from the 2008 Layang Layang Underwater Photo Shootout in Sabah, Malaysia. The winners, whose photographs were judged by well-known underwater photographers Settimio Ciprianni, Stephen Wong, and Rod Klein, received prizes including trips to Palau, Truk, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, dive computers and watches, and Nikon and Sony dSLR’s and video cameras.

Continue for the full press release with the list of winners (including some familiar Wetpixel names!), or visit FiNS Blog for the winning photographs…

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Wetpixel Sharks & Dolphins 2008 expedition a success Photo

Wetpixel Sharks & Dolphins 2008 expedition a success

Alex Mustard has posted a placeholder in the forums for reports on the Wetpixel Sharks & Dolphins 2008 expedition, from which he has just returned.

OK, so the title turned out to be something of a misnomer - as Jim corrects me – it also included Palm Beach muck diving (Lembeh is now know as poor-man’s Blue Heron Bridge), Gulf Stream night pelagic drift, super macro plankton photography, nocturnal critter hunt on Sugar Wreck, “fishing” for birds as well as more sharks and dolphins than you could shake a stick at. Or in other words, just another amazing Wetpixel/JASA trip.

We can’t wait to see the photos!

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Team Wetpixel gets low-bandwidth skin Photo

Team Wetpixel gets low-bandwidth skin

Along with Wetpixel’s software upgrade, we have added a special feature to the Team Wetpixel subscription package. Although the upgrade made the forums area much faster (have you noticed?), Team Wetpixel members now get access to a new, low-bandwidth skin that makes browsing and participating in the forums *really* fast.

Team Wetpixel was started as a means for you to support Wetpixel, but we thought that you should get something useful in exchange for your hard-earned dollars. Continue reading to see a video of Team Wetpixel in action.

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Wetpixel server software update Photo

Wetpixel server software update

Hello, readers. Cor Bosman and I have been working for the past couple of days to upgrade the software behind Wetpixel.com to current versions. We are pleased to announce that the upgrade went smoothly!

Please let us know if you experience anything strange while you browse around here. We still need to make the POTW and Maps area fit into the new design, but the home page articles and forum areas are done.

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Bilikiki Cruises hosts Solomon Islands video competition on YouTube Photo

Bilikiki Cruises hosts Solomon Islands video competition on YouTube

Bilikiki Cruises has announced a final call for entries to their Solomon Islands-themed video competition hosted on YouTube - all footage submissions must be posted by the end of July. If you’ve visited the Solomon Islands on either the MV Bilikiki or MV Spirit of Solomons and filmed video of the trip, you could win a seven night trip on one of the boats, courtesy of Bilikiki Cruises, simply by posting your video to YouTube with “Bilikiki” in the title and visiting the competition submission page.

Entry is free, and there are currently only a few submissions, so this is a great opportunity to win a trip back to a beautiful dive destination. View the latest Bilikiki enius for more details - good luck!

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Last minute cancellation, July 19-27, 2008 Sharks and Dolphins Photo

Last minute cancellation, July 19-27, 2008 Sharks and Dolphins

Hello, readers. We’ve just had a last-minute cancellation for a sharks and dolphins trip departing for the Bahamas from Palm Beach, Florida, which leaves tomorrow night at 3am (that’s 3am on Saturday evening / Sunday morning). The trip is led by the esteemed Dr. Alexander Mustard, and is full of jolly Brits.

If you are interested, please e-mail me immediately and leave a phone number I can use to call you back.

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Join Alex Mustard in Grand Cayman, January 2009 Photo

Join Alex Mustard in Grand Cayman, January 2009

Join Alex Mustard’s Digital Underwater Photography workshop in Grand Cayman during Jan 17th-24th, 2009. The focus on this workshop is lighting: understanding, capturing and controlling both strobe and available light. The trip is limited to just 12 people, which provides plenty of time for 1:1 image critique and also a 1:1 pool photo tune-up session. The course also includes photo lectures, interactive seminars, group image review and photographic diving.

Cost is $2,165 USD (excluding flights) for 7 nights accommodation at the luxurious Compass Point Resort, 6 days of diving, social evenings, rental car and high speed Wi-Fi.

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Dive with Eric Cheng and Douglas Seifert in Seattle Photo

Dive with Eric Cheng and Douglas Seifert in Seattle

Wetpixel user Martin (NWDiver) has organized two days of diving in Seattle with photographers Eric Cheng and Douglas Seifert!

Pacific Northwest divers, here is your chance to dive with Eric Cheng, founder of your beloved Wetpixel and Douglas Seifert, Contributing Editor, Dive Magazine UK!

Dates will be August 17th and 18th, Sunday and Monday. We will be going out with Bandito Charters for two dives/per day. Specifics will be posted as the dates approach. For now there are 7-10 open spots, for a total of 10-14 divers, depending on interest. In addition if people would like there could be a meet and greet the evening of the 17th in Seattle area, maybe a chance to bring dvds of your stuff to show off.

To reserve your spot, post a message in the forum discussion about the event.

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UWP Magazine Issue #43 available for download Photo

UWP Magazine Issue #43 available for download

Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 43 is now available for download. The issue contains articles, reviews, and profiles by Karin Brussard, Austern Bannister, Mark Webster, Michael Wicks, Wetpixel’s own Alex Mustard and Mike Veitch, and more on topics including digital double exposures, Marsa Shagra and Damaguete, the Hugyfot Canon 40D housing, and equipment durability.

UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.

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