Brian Skerry interviewed in American Photo Magazine Photo

Brian Skerry interviewed in American Photo Magazine

Professional photographer Brian Skerry was interviewed for this month’s edition of ‘Behind the Lens’ in American Photo Magazine. Skerry, who has worked primarily with National Geographic, talks about his introduction to underwater photography and how he began shooting professionally, and ends with a few recommendations for aspiring photographers.

The interview is an excellent read for all Wetpixel visitors, and provides a sampling of Skerry’s provocative imagery…

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Canon announces EOS 450D/Digital Rebel XSi, new telephoto lenses Photo

Canon announces EOS 450D/Digital Rebel XSi, new telephoto lenses

Canon today announced the 12.2MP EOS 450D/Digital Rebel XSi, the replacement to the Canon 400D/Digital Rebel XTi. The 1.6x crop camera features a 14-bit CMOS sensor, 3.5fps, a 3” LCD, and Live View shooting (with autofocus in this mode). The camera will retail in April for USD$799.

Also introduced are new telephoto and super-telephoto lenses: the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM, with the latter sized the same as Canon’s 600mm f/4L, but weighing nearly 2lbs less. The lenses come in at hefty retail prices, USD$5,999 and USD$11,999, respectively, and are expected to be available in Spring 2008.

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Panasonic SDR-SW20 underwater camcorder reviewed Photo

Panasonic SDR-SW20 underwater camcorder reviewed

The Panasonic SDR-SW20, the company’s first “dive” camcorder, was recently reviewed by CamcorderInfo. The SDR-SW20, like the Sanyo Xacti E1, is only waterproof to 5 feet, and the video quality is “pale, noisy, and bad with motion,” but the camera is praised for its “rugged, shock, and dust-proof body.”

While we don’t recommend investing in a housing, this is a good effort by Panasonic to provide a camera to throw in the dive bag and not worry about getting wet on your next dive trip.

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Wetpixel ships issue #2 of Wetpixel Quarterly Photo

Wetpixel ships issue #2 of Wetpixel Quarterly

SAUSALITO, Calif.—January 21st, 2008—Wetpixel LLC is proud to announce the immediate availability of issue #2 of Wetpixel Quarterly magazine. In its trademark landscape-oriented, high-resolution format, issue #2 celebrates the lifelong work of James D. Watt, one of the pioneers of modern underwater photography. Jim will always be remembered for his boundless energy and generosity as a photographer, educator, and friend.

Wetpixel Quarterly #2 also features the work of the talented staff behind the scenes at the magazine and at its electronic sister publication, Wetpixel.com. Featured staff photographers include Alex Mustard, Eric Cheng, Mike Veitch, Luiz Rocha, Cor Bosman, Julie Edwards, Herb Ko, James Wiseman, Todd Mintz, Matt Segal, Elijah Woolery, William Heaton, and Leslie Harris…

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H2O Photo Pros opens store location in Southern California Photo

H2O Photo Pros opens store location in Southern California

H2O Photo Pros Underwater Photo & Video has announced the opening of a new store for underwater imaging in Newport Beach, California. Owned by Mike Luzansky, H2O Photo Pros is an authorized dealer for manufacturers including Gates, Sea & Sea, Light & Motion, Aquatica, and Ikelite, and the store location features Apple editing stations and flat-screen televisions for display of underwater footage.

Finally providing a dedicated retail location for Southern California, H2O Photo Pros joins Backscatter as a major California-based provider for underwater photographers and videographers. Continue reading for the full press release and photos from the store…

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Tim Rock authors photography, Lonely Planet books Photo

Tim Rock authors photography, Lonely Planet books

Wetpixel member Tim Rock is proud to announce the recent publishing of four of his books, the first of which is a 300-photograph hard-cover volume “of the people, culture, nature, and marine world of Yap in Micronesia,” titled “Yap - Micronesian Magic.” The book follows large format landscape style, and is sized at 192 13” by 11” pages.

Also available are three books in the Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling series: D&S Thailand, D&S Belize, and D&S Cayman islands, all featuring full-color imagery and providing information on “unique sites from each of these hotbed diving destinations.” Congratulations, Tim!

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Texas Dive Show Photo Events Photo

Texas Dive Show Photo Events

The Texas Dive Show will be Jan 26 & 27 at the JW Marriott 5150 Westheimer Houston, Texas 77056.  While not as large as in years past, there will still be some great events of interest to photographers including seminars: Focus on Sharks by Stan Waterman, The Macro World of Indonesia by Stan Waterman, Shark Sex, Eel Madness & Gay Turtles by Stan Waterman, and Intro To Digital Photography by Fred Dion.  There will also be a print photo gallery by the Houston Underwater Photographic Society.  As part of the Seaspace legacy, there will be a silent auction benefiting the SEASPACE Scholarship Fund.

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