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#1 orakei diver

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 12:04 AM

Hi all
I have just got a canon G12 with ikelite DS 160 strobe and will be using it at 55 metres in a couple of days but am confused as to the best settings ( at that depth I don't want too many buttons to fiddle with). If i do auto on everything will the flash ( hence the strobe) go off every time( there is no setting under auto to force the flash, it's either off or auto)? Or should i use the programe mode in which case will the TTL metering work ok with the strobe going off, i don't want to have to fiddle with power settings on the strobe if i can (learning at sea level is a challange let alone way down there). I won't have a chance to do a trydive before and don't want to waste this dive by getting it wrong. Any help apperciated.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:19 PM

Hi there,

You've got a lovely set-up there and you will be able to get some super shots with this system.

When you are using the strobe, it is best to get started on AV mode (Aperture Priority). First make sure that you choose a low ISO of 80/100 if you are shooting a still subject or 200 if you are shooting a faster one. If you are taking pictures of macro subjects and want as much depth-of-field to your subject as possible, then choose an aperture of f8. If you'd like to have a shallower depth-of-field then choose maybe f5.6. An example of this would be if you have a little blenny and would like the area around it to be not as sharp so that the blenny stands out.

You can then use your Exposure Compensation dial to darken the background by using it's minus setting.

For completely black backgrounds to your macro subjects, choose an ISO 80/100, f8 and a fast shutter speed such as 1/500th sec.

Hope that this helps. Best of luck and if you need any more help with settings, then just let me know.

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Hi all
I have just got a canon G12 with ikelite DS 160 strobe and will be using it at 55 metres in a couple of days but am confused as to the best settings ( at that depth I don't want too many buttons to fiddle with). If i do auto on everything will the flash ( hence the strobe) go off every time( there is no setting under auto to force the flash, it's either off or auto)? Or should i use the programe mode in which case will the TTL metering work ok with the strobe going off, i don't want to have to fiddle with power settings on the strobe if i can (learning at sea level is a challange let alone way down there). I won't have a chance to do a trydive before and don't want to waste this dive by getting it wrong. Any help apperciated.



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Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:37 PM

Awesome, ta for the help

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:28 AM

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