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#1 seansrs968


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 06:12 PM

How can I eliminate the amount of backscatter in this picture? I only have one strobe right now. Would the use of two strobes help with this?

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#2 Karl


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Posted 12 October 2011 - 03:44 AM

Not being an expert and not knowing where/how your strobe is positioned I would probably suggest moving the strobe further away from your camera and possibly angle it out a bit. I am sure someone else will have further suggestions.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 05:34 AM

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 03:06 PM

You might get more response here if you posted the photo in this thread so people don't have to click away. It looks pretty silty on your dive. Changing the angle, power and distance of your strobe will help to a certain degree, but after that you just need cleaner water. You could try getting closer to your subject to eliminate the amount of silt between you and it.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 05:38 AM

Hello Sean,

Having two strobes can actually increase the potential for backscatter, especially when you're shooting near the sand like you were at SBI. Honestly, it looks to me more like there's just a lot of particulate in the water, than pure backscatter. However, angling your strobes "out" a bit more, and behind your dome port would help. Also, when you're in an area of high potential for backscatter, try to compose your wide-angle shot with more reef than open water. The reef really helps to hide the unwanted backscatter.

Here's an article I think you will find helpful ---> http://www.uwphotogr...tter-underwater


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Posted 18 October 2011 - 11:31 PM

There's an excellent tutorial on how to remove backscatter from photo's in Alex Mustard's site. See http://www.amustard....=...news&size=s

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 04:37 PM

Here is a link to an article from Alert Diver Online by Eddie Tapp.
Eddie, a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame assists Stephen Frink in his Digital Master Classes with Photoshop techniques.
It's a really easy technique that takes a minute or so once you get use to it.
Hope this helps,

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