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Teaching a 12yr old

21 September 2013 - 07:24 AM

Some friends own a dive shop and have recently started homeschooling their kids. In addition to their general studies, they are trying to encourage them to branch out a bit and learn something fun that interests them. Their son is taking a video game design class and their daughter expressed an interest in underwater photography, so they asked if I would teach her some things. Despite having relatively little experience teaching, and even less experience with 12 year olds, I said "sure".

Our first class was this week, I put together a bit of a lesson plan on underwater photography basics and composition. I soon realized that I over estimated the attention span of a 12 year old and quickly changed plans. I decided for the first day we would just focus on 3 things… getting close… being patient… and shooting up. We then went for a dive to practice. Things were going pretty well at the beginning and I kept reminding her of our 3 goals, but things pretty much went out the window as she got caught up in the excitement of the dive. I realized that just setting her loose with a camera and no goal or project was a mistake. Never the less… she had a lot of fun, and wants to go again, I'm just not really sure how much she actually learned.

So I'm turning to you wetpixel to see if anyone has any ideas on exercises or activities we could do to put into practice some of the theory.?

For example I am thinking of taking down a toy or something that she can focus on and having her take pictures of it at different distances to show the effect of a large column of water and the importance of getting close.

Keeping in mind that she's only 12, and is using a point and shoot without a strobe, does anyone else have any ideas? She dives for fun without me, so I want to keep our "classes" educational, but still fun.


Appreciate any suggestions.





Canon 7d Ikelite housing... Trouble switching from video to still

26 May 2013 - 07:52 AM

I've just started shooting with a Canon 7d in an ikelite housing. Mostly I've just been shooting still, but yesterday while on a dive I thought I would give video a shot. I had no problem switching from still to video mode, but when I tried to switch back the lever on the housing wasn't able to flip the switch. On our surface interval I tried and tried to get it to switch back but it wouldn't budge. I eventually had to open my housing and use my finger to switch it back.


Has anyone else had this issue? I'd really like to be able to switch between the two mode while on a dive, but am afraid I'm gonna get stuck in video again. I'm also traveling for an extended period, which means I am not able to ship my housing back to ikelite at this time. Anyone got a quick fix?



Pls send DEPP Complaints to KY Fraud Investigation Dept.

13 February 2013 - 08:41 AM

As some of you may know I have been trying to get paid out from my claim with AWRY (DEPP) for almost 10 months now with no luck. I have since filed a complaint with the Kentucky Department of Insurance - Consumer Protection Division. They have referred it to the Insurance Fraud Investigation Division and it is currently being evaluated to determine if a criminal investigation will be opened.

I am urging anyone with an outstanding claim with AWRY to please forward your complaint to the Fraud Unit. I am hoping that the more info and complaints they have the more likely they will be to open an investigation.

File Number 2012J01784

c/o L. Clark Williams
EMAIL: Clark.Williams@ky.gov

Mailing Address:
909 Leawood Dr., P.O. Box 4050, Frankfort, Kentucky 40604-4050

Telephone: 502-564-1461
Facsimile: 502-564-1464
TTY: 800-648-6056
Toll Free (Kentucky only): 800-595-6053