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Wetpixel Live: Retra Pro X Flash review Photo

Wetpixel Live: Retra Pro X Flash review

During the recent Wetpixel Red Sea Photographic Odyssey, Adam was able to use and test the Retra Pro X flash guns. Retra kindly loaned both the strobes and a set of accessories for them and they were used by Adam continuously over the two-week trip. In this episode Adam provides some insights into what he liked about the flashes and lists some improvements and ideas for getting the best from them in the field.

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Field Report: Seacam Seaflash 160D strobes Photo

Field Report: Seacam Seaflash 160D strobes

The travel restrictions instituted in order to control COVID-19 have presented challenges for the testing of equipment. As a case in point, Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon has had the Seacam Seaflash 160D strobes for over 18 months but has only now managed to get into blue water to give than a thorough test. In this episode, he outlines his findings about the strobes thus far.

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Review: Backscatter Backscatter Mini Flash and Optical Snoot by Morten Bjorn Larsen Photo

Review: Backscatter Backscatter Mini Flash and Optical Snoot by Morten Bjorn Larsen

Danish photographer Morten Bjorn Larsen kindly provides a synopsis of his experiences of using the Backscatter Mini Flash and Optical Snoot to the Wetpixel community. He lists several distinct usage categories for the flash, including subject separation, different beam sizes, oval cards, framing subjects, and wide angle. He notes that he has found the flash combination to be both versatile and easy to use.

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Strobe Review: Scubalamp D-Max and Retra Pro Flash Photo

Strobe Review: Scubalamp D-Max and Retra Pro Flash

The past few years have seen the release of a number of exciting new strobes from many manufacturers. Unfortunately, their release has coincided with a global lockdown, limiting many of our opportunities to try them out in the field. Fortunately, Hannes Klostermann and Giacomo Rossi are located in Baja California Sur and have been able to offer an amazing detailed comparative review of two of the new strobes on the market: The Retra Pro and the Scubalamp D-Max.

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Review: Aquatica Pro A7rIV housing by Phil Rudin Photo

Review: Aquatica Pro A7rIV housing by Phil Rudin

Phil Rudin, the senior reviewer for our friends at Underwater Photography Magazine, presents a review of the Aquatica Pro A7rIV housing, along with its associated ports and accessories. Phil was able to use the Sony 12-24mm F/4 zoom, Rokinon 14mm F/2.8, and Sony FE 90mm F/2.8 macro lenses in Florida’s springs and the macro destination at Blue Heron Bridge.

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Review: Mike Bartick on the Backscatter Mini Flash and Optical Snoot Photo

Review: Mike Bartick on the Backscatter Mini Flash and Optical Snoot

Mike Bartick provides a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated review of the new Backscatter MF-1 flash and OS-1 snoot. As Mike notes, these products offer some very interesting and unique creative opportunities. Mike also feels that as it is also fundamentally easy to use, this makes snoot photography more accessible.

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Review: Datacolor SpyderX Pro Photo

Review: Datacolor SpyderX Pro

Monitor calibration is an important tool that aims to ensure that the colors we see in our images are accurately reflected on other’s and when we chose to print them. Datacolor’s Spyder family of color calibration tools are widely used to calibrate and maintain many user’s display color fidelity. Wetpixel provides a “real life” review of the latest version: The SpyderX Pro.

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Lightroom Texture Adjustment for underwater photographers Photo

Lightroom Texture Adjustment for underwater photographers

Wetpixel offers an early guide to the new Texture slider that was launched in the most recent release of Adobe’s Lightroom Classic app. Offering a subtle way of enhancing details in an image, it seems to add contrast to mid-frequency areas of an image. This is ideally suited for correcting the inherent softness caused by shooting through water and the optics we use to do so. As a negative local adjustment, the new tool is an effective way of dealing with backscatter too.

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