I'm curious what people think. My personal view had been that Instagram degrades photos in a way that can admittedly look cool on very small screens (e.g., an iPhone), but in the end, was not something that was viable for "real" photography.
However, I recently purchased the Nik Collection of PS plug-ins. There are many professional photographers that I admire (e.g., Tony Wu) who are big proponents of Nik. Some of the filters in the Nik Collection, especially in Color Efex, reminded me a bit of Instagram. I started playing with them and begrudgingly admit they are kinda fun, and I like some of the results, even if they aren't exactly "realistic." Here's one sample of a photo I ran through the Detail Extractor in Color Efex (to bring out the texture in the water surface), and then a Sepia preset in Silver Efex. It is a bit hyper-stylized, but I think I kinda like it, in a guilty-pleasure kind of way.
So what do people think? Is this type of Instagram-esque post-processing cheesy? Or is it a viable way to add some variety to our UW photos? I have thick skin -- its OK if the consensus hates this picture and everything like it. I'm more just curious what people think on this topic.
I'm selling two iTorch Pro 6 video lights for $525 each, shipping within the US included. These are in great condition and include the original packaging. I purchased the lights last month and only used them on one dive trip (where I shot still photos half the time, and video the other half). I'd estimate they have only been used on 12-15 dives. I am selling because I want to purchase the iTorch Pro 7s, which weren't available in time for my last trip. Pictures available on request.
I'm looking into a video light that I can use with my GoPro and also integrate into my Aquatica 7D rig. I've narrowed it down to the Mini Wasp v. 2x FIT 2400 (or i-Torch Pro 6, but for now I'm thinking of these as basically interchangeable).
I'm leaning towards the Wasp based on my needs. Here are the pros and cons I've considered.
In favor of Mini Wasp:
- fully adjustable knob for 1-100% (this is a big one for me, the ability to leave a light "off" at 1% then crank it up quickly with one twist to film means using it all day on one charge is much more realistic; I don't see myself fiddling with multiple button pushes on both lights every time I want to start recording with the FIT/iTorch, so realistically I'm recharging all the time between dives)
- slightly less expensive
- super-high build quality
- more even spread (or so I'm told)
- seems easier to integrate into my DSLR setup with strobes (e.g., centered over the housing, as opposed to having a video light and strobe on each arm)
- OLED display give battery life percentage
In favor of 2x FIT/iTorch
- higher lumen output (although the wider spread means the difference isn't as drastic, and I'm told the intensity drops off towards the edge more in these)
- smaller and lighter
- dual use as spot light (FIT)
Am I missing anything? Thoughts on which of these best suits my needs? Thanks in advance!