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Member Since 12 Jun 2008
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In Topic: Newbie - in a quandry:Strobe, Filter or go snap-happy?

25 June 2008 - 01:13 PM

That should be interesting OCB. So you'll put the filter outside your housing? Very ingenious.

Be wary when using your filter - you can not use the filter and a flash at the same time without everything in the foreground looking red.

Cheers
James


Yes - filter(s) slot in and out on the outside of the housing. I'll take some thin rubber bands for safety purposes. It looks like I might be able to have both the Fantasea strobe attached, and the Cokin shoe - so in theory I can play with the filter in the shallows then switch to strobe a bit deeper/underhangs etc.

Thx for the tip re: flash and filter. Makes sense!

I'm trying to convince myself I *don't* need one of these: http://www.acer.com/...one/vision.html
Ultra portable PC thingy....

In Topic: Newbie - in a quandry:Strobe, Filter or go snap-happy?

25 June 2008 - 11:02 AM

Cheers all.

I think I'll buy some filter material if I can find it cheap enough. My camera housing doesn't accept filters, but I reckon I can jury-rig something - just for test purposes. I read somewhere when I was googling there are suppliers of filter materials who sell varying "strengths" and are a bit cheaper than the Magic Filter.

I'll happily post my results when I get back!


Quick update. I managed to find this: http://www.cokin.com/shoeholder.html
£20 online, or 10 euro from my local camera shop!
I also managed to get a cokin red filter (and some others) off ebay.

I also bought the Fantasea Cool Flash Nano. Should give me enough options.

In Topic: Newbie - in a quandry:Strobe, Filter or go snap-happy?

16 June 2008 - 12:03 PM

Cheers all.

I think I'll buy some filter material if I can find it cheap enough. My camera housing doesn't accept filters, but I reckon I can jury-rig something - just for test purposes. I read somewhere when I was googling there are suppliers of filter materials who sell varying "strengths" and are a bit cheaper than the Magic Filter.

I'll happily post my results when I get back!

In Topic: Newbie - in a quandry:Strobe, Filter or go snap-happy?

13 June 2008 - 04:27 AM

:D
Cheers all.

I reckon I'll go for a strobe - just to try.

I learned to dive in Scottish waters...we used lights after 10ft to make the green murk look a slightly more interesting green! I guess I'm still not used to being able to see more than a few feet in front of me...

On the post-processing side, I tried Lightroom. It looks more detailed than what I have in iPhoto, but to be honest I'm happy with what iPhoto on my Mac gives me for free! You can take the man out of Scotland, but you cannae take the Scot out the man :D

Looking at the histograms of my photos - and reading a few links from here and Googling - I see how the red is missing\skewed to the left and blue is over-dominant. At least I now understand what those histogram things mean now!! :)

I'd still be curious to hear about peoples' opinion on red filters. I guess they're only really going to be useful to about 10m in the Caribbean? I've struggled to find any good advice on this subject...

In Topic: Newbie - in a quandry:Strobe, Filter or go snap-happy?

12 June 2008 - 10:19 AM


Here's a good example. OK, the 2 largest subjects are blue on a blue background...but I think it's pretty clear the balance is way off.

I'll check out that software for sure!

On the filter side - that's a "no" then??

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