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#1 dsdiver

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:43 PM

Hey guys, so i'm new to diving and a complete virgin in terms of underwater pictures (although a pro photographer on the surface). Spent most of 2011 back and forth to Libya for work, often using Cairo as a hub for flights and stopping in and out to visit friends and cover the post-revolution riots and elections. After the the death of Gaddafi called an end to the civil war in Libya I took some R&R in Dahab, dived, and fell in love with it. Just OW and OC experience so far, interested in cave exploration, deep expedition and CCR.

Now trying to figure out how to integrate my photographic life with my newfound love for diving, either professionally or simply as a hobby, I'm not sure yet.

Just found this forum and it seems to be a great resource, my research is all over the place at this stage but within a month or so I hope to have a underwater camera system to bring on my next trip.

Cheers!

#2 DamonA

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 07:30 PM

Hi Mate

Awesome your excited!!!!

Diving is the best thing you have ever done!

Your going to love it! the photo side of things is so more different to on land with regards to light and the physics.
Don't rush it is the key to going all the way!

This site has some absolute legend uw photographers!

Cheers,
Damon

Edited by DamonA, 10 May 2012 - 07:31 PM.


#3 Giles

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:04 AM

My advice, get a simple point and shoot that's cheap and easy to take with you to try it out.

You can get great photos with most of them and there are some great recommendations within the forum.

As a new diver I must say that first and for most I would concentrate on your diving. You are new and it does take time to and practice to get good.
A lot of underwater photography is about how you dive not how you take photos.
Comfortable and aware of your surroundings is essential.

If you rush into taking photos underwater and forget about the diving you wont get consistent good photos ever and you wont know what to look for in the first place to take a photo.

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#4 JKrumsick

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:35 AM

Welcome to the forum! This is a fantastic place to get advice on life, photography, diving and all things underwater. If you become as addicted to U/W photography as the rest of us, which is likely, you will also become addicted to this forum.

I would second Giles and DamonA about the becoming a good diver first. Definitely get some time in the water before you complicate yourself with the camera. People new to the sport have a tendency to bump into other people and worse, coral or sea fans (killing them). To minimize the accidents and increase the safety of yourself, the wildlife and your buddy(s), make sure and perfect you buoyancy by practice!

Happy diving.