Years ago I felt PADI/NAUI/SSI/etc needed to put out Rules for Underwater Photographers. Teach it in their classes. Make posters dive resorts could post. Problem is photogs think they have to have that shot and are too impatient to wait, work for it. Resorts want people happy, Guides want tips, nobody wants to be the bad guy. If a resort/guide could say "if we want to keep our Padi/Naui/SSI 5 Star rating we need to adhere to these rules" it would take some of the pressure off the Guides. I talked to several resorts, some in Lembeh and there was support but the Agencies did not want to get involved, I gave up the "crusade".
So beyond destroying the vistas we love, harassing the creatures that make it special it devalues everyones images.
Agree, tired of seeing manipulated subjects. A subject that we need to keep revisiting and wish competitions would just eliminate "set" photos. Yes every now and then someone who honestly was at the right place at the right time may get lumped in but hopefully they will have photos "before" that can support the shot was one of those amazing moments.
I have never used TTL. When I see amazing shots it is often due to the creative way people have lit them. So to the above I would ad, be creative with your strobe positioning. Here is an old Powerpoint presentation I did. https://www.youtube....h?v=ldCw80PSugY
It's the shots at Wetpixel that make me think "wow how did they light that?" I find inspiring.
Something I put together about how I have come to the conclusion a Compact camera is all the camera I need for my underwater shooting. Covers costs of the different systems, issues with traveling, how many megapixels do you really need. All based on what am I really doing with my photos??? Plus my experience over 200hrs underwater shooting a compact system.
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Another great trip to Kasawari in Lembeh http://www.kasawari-lembeh.com. Built for photogs with excellent guides and camera room. The staff is fantastic, the better half ran into some Fire Coral and required a run to the Bitung ER, the Kasawari staff was wonderful as where the good doctors at the local hospital. She was good the next day and back in the water, another story for another forum.
I would start with the 17-40 or the 16-35. Get your solo hammerhead, sealion shots in the can. Then once you have those put on the 15mm and you can go for the big school shots and if lucky up close whale shark shots.