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Apple Aperture 3 review and discussion round-up Photo

Apple Aperture 3 review and discussion round-up

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about Aperture 3 by underwater photographers. Here’s a round-up of reviews and discussion threads that might be interesting for those of you who might be thinking about using Aperture:

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Eric Cheng’s TEDxBerkeley 2010 talk is now online Photo

Eric Cheng’s TEDxBerkeley 2010 talk is now online

Here’s the justin.tv archive of my talk at TEDxBerkeley 2010, which was about bioluminescent flashlight fish in Papua New Guinea and sperm whales and Architeuthis dux giant squid in Ogasawara, Japan and Dominica.

There is a full archive of the event online, but you might find the clips easier to browse. I assume the TEDxBerkeley team will create clips for all of the talks, but you might have to wait until they catch up on sleep.

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Apple iPad, initial thoughts and review Photo

Apple iPad, initial thoughts and review

Wetpixel moderator TheRealDrew (he’s a new mod — welcome him!) was unable to resist the call of the iPad and has written a long forum post about his first day with Apple’s new tablet.

It looks to me that Apple has one again delivered a game changer. Will this go the way of the Newton or other tablets? Very well could be. And I would like certain things to be a bit more open, or at least answered, regarding the handling of files. But the one thing I know is that Apple has a way of making things special lately. I am in love. Just don’t tell my wife.

Click through to read the full post if you’re thinking about getting an iPad. My pre-order was shipped to the wrong city, so I’m still waiting for it. Grrr…

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Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng to speak at TEDxBerkeley on April 3 Photo

Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng to speak at TEDxBerkeley on April 3

I’m really looking forward to speaking at TEDxBerkeley, which will be held this coming Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Wheeler Auditorium at U.C. Berkeley.

I’ve just gotten confirmation that my 15-minute talk has been scheduled for 1:35 PM. The live webcast will start at 10:30 AM on Saturday, so if you aren’t able to get to Berkeley for the event, you can still stream it online.

If you can’t stream it live, you’ll be able to see all of the talks online at a later time; professional video folks will be producing more polished versions of the the videos suitable for podcast.

Be sure to follow @TEDxB and #TEDxB to find out the latest news about TEDxBerkeley!

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Thoughts on Mini Domes Photo

Thoughts on Mini Domes

Mini-domes have been generating lots of discussion on the Wetpixel forums in the last few months, following new products released by Seacam, Aquatica and Zen, which have been covered here on Wetpixel.

Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard, a long-time fan of mini-domes, shares his thoughts and some tests, some with surprising results, discussing whether this is the next must have accessory.

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Review: The Underwater Photographer by Martin Edge Photo

Review: The Underwater Photographer by Martin Edge

Popular Wetpixel member, Steve Williams, reviews the new 4th Edition of Martin Edge’s popular book The Underwater Photographer, often referred to as the bible of underwater photography techniques in the Wetpixel forums.

Steve passes on his thoughts on the new book and tackles the question of whether it is worth buying if you already have the 3rd Edition.

Click below to read the review.

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Beneath the Sea 2010, day 3 coverage Photo

Beneath the Sea 2010, day 3 coverage

Day 3 coverage of Beneath the Sea, including a write-up of Equinox, Canon, SeaLife, XIT404, and Pacific Housing Repair, with photos of lots of people including resort and liveaboard operators, well-known photographers, videographers, artists and marine biologists, and more!

Updated with text, 29 March 2010

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Beneath the Sea 2010, day 2 coverage Photo

Beneath the Sea 2010, day 2 coverage

Day 2 of Beneath the Sea was a whirlwind of activity on all fronts. The Wetpixel booth (#109) was crazy busy: subscriptions for Wetpixel Quarterly, boxed sets and t-shirts were flying across the counter all day, while I spent most of the day schmoozing with various equipment manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in an attempt to collect enough information for proper coverage of the show. Even though BTS is smaller than is DEMA, many brands of underwater photo and video gear are represented here, and it’s good to see familiar faces…

UPDATE: text added.

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Beneath the Sea 2010, day 1 coverage Photo

Beneath the Sea 2010, day 1 coverage

Beneath the Sea’s Friday night opening of the exhibit hall runs from 6-9pm—an unusual opening time for a dive expo, but a welcome one because it allows eager beavers to get in before the Saturday rush and exhibitors to warm up before the floor is overrun.

After we set up the Wetpixel booth (#109—come visit!), I decided that I should get an early start on booth coverage and started trekking down the exposition hall, aisle by aisle. It took me over half an hour to get out of our booth…

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