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James Wiseman’s Buoyancy Collar Review Photo

James Wiseman’s Buoyancy Collar Review

Since I started underwater digital photography, I’ve dove with a number of different camera and housing combinations.  The one thing they all shared is that they all had different handling characteristics underwater…:-)  For me, the two most important of these characteristics have always been size, and in-water weight.  This article describes a way to optimize the in-water weight of your rig – and shows how I made a buoyancy collar for my system.  If you are interested in making some kind of buoyancy module for your set-up, I encourage you to make a closed-cell foam ring to fit around your port, or around your strobe arms.  For a few hours of work and less than $100 you can make a useful underwater photography tool, and one that will help you take better photographs.

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Epoque Patima housing for Canon Digital Rebel XT

Epoque/Patima have announced the development of a new housing for the Canon Digital Rebel XT.  We don’t have any photos of it yet, but it will be made out of high-quality aluminum and stainless steel, and will support two housed Canon Speedlight 580EX strobes (optional).  A macro port and fish-eye dome port (for the Canon 15mm fish-eye lens or Sigma 8mm fish-eye lens) will also be available. 

If it’s anything like Epoque’s Patima housing for the Olympus C-7070, it should be pretty and compact.  Continue reading for details…

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UWP Issue 26 Available

The latest issue of UWP Magazine is out and available to download. This current issue features a profile on Zena Holloway and a selection of her inspiring dream-like images, as well as articles by Wetpixel members Rod Klein, Mark Webster and Alex Mustard. There is also an article on South Africa’s Tiger Sharks by former Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Tobi Bernhard. The magazine is still free, but now requires simple registration before downloading.

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Serbian Film Festival

For all you video and film makers out there, the organising committee of the 9th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro is pleased to announce that this competition is open with a deadline for dispatch of entries on the 1st November. The competition is open to everyone and has two categories: A GROUP films (professional productions, broadcast quality, TV) and B GROUP films (amateur film makers, independent producer).

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Digideep’s European Open

Digideep today announce their first European Open digital shootout. The event is being held in Sweden, with diving in the clear waters around the Weather Islands and runs from the 22nd - 25th September 2005. Digideep are providing a selection of optional test equipment and there are prizes on offer for the best images from Green Force, Hugyfot and Dyk Magazine.

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From the Forums: Image Showcase

August and September always seem popular months for underwater photographers to head to the ocean and create some great new images. This year seems no exception, and Wetpixel’s Photo and Gallery Showcase is very active at the moment. It is a great place to get inspired by other members’ photography, to check out the photo opportunities in places you are thinking about visiting, or to post your own images and get feedback from your peers. Check it out today!

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Magic Filters available

Wetpixel Co-Admin, Alex Mustard, announces that his new Magic Filter is now available. This filter is designed to allow photographers to produce colourful ambient light images without the use of flash. The Filter is effective between the surface and 50ft (0-15m). The Magic Filter is designed specifically for DSLR cameras and is manufactured as an optical quality gel filter compatible with the front or rear filter holders on popular DSLR lenses for underwater photography. I would also like to thank the members of Wetpixel who have supported and encouraged us to share this product with the underwater photography community.

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