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#363717 looking for advice on what to buy...from scratch

Posted by TimG on 29 July 2015 - 03:46 AM



Pity on that housing.  But keep looking - check out this forum's Classifieds if you haven't already. 


On your Canon question, a quick look on the B&H website for the G16 housing says it is fibre-optic compatible. So no problem with the Inon strobe. 


It also says the housing gives you access to "all controls"


It's easy to get blinded by science with the arms/tray thing. But essentially it is relatively straight-forward. To attach the strobe you need some form of movable arm(s). Most people use two - an 8" plus a 5" to give lots of flexibility and reach with e.g. wide-angle but the ability to tuck-in the strobe for e.g. macro.


The arms are connected to each other and the strobe by "clamps". Chances are you would need 2 clamps: one to connect the two arms, one to connect the final arm to the strobe. And then you have to connect the arms to something that can connect to the Canon housing - the tray. If you go with Nauticam or a similar housing you might not need a tray as the higher end housings have a ball mount that you can attach your arms to using a third clamp.


It might be an idea to try and pick up a copy of Martin Edge's book on UW Photog - you'll find that really helpful. Or, quicker and cheaper - but very helpful, take a look at the Info Sheets that Reef Photo have on their website. It'll help explain things. But Martin Edge's book is a good investment.

#362744 For FX: Nikon 17-35mm or 16-35mm

Posted by TimG on 29 June 2015 - 05:39 AM

Sorry..... :)


It is good choice with a 9" dome though.





Adam, we should just give TighLInes a bunch of reasons why he should buy that Nikkor 20mm.....


It was such a good deal; it was the last one in the shop/the city/on the planet; I can sell my old [fill in details] for more than the cost of this one; it's lighter weight, think of the money I'll save in baggage charges; yes, this one is the new Eco-lens - it's made  in an environmentally neutral way - I'm saving the planet; what new lens; I've always wanted a 20mm lens since i was [complete age]. 


I'm sure Fabian can chip in. He's an expert at this.



#362617 Strobe positioning with fisheye - tips needed!

Posted by TimG on 24 June 2015 - 09:41 PM

Hey Storker


Yeah, the lighting position is working better in those 3 shots for sure. Well done.


Next move, I'd suggest, would be to get much closer in pic 1 (crab) and especially in pic 2 (urchin). This echoes Interceptor121's comment. One of the beauties of the FE is just how close you can get - concentrating on the main subject but showing it against it's habitat. Pic 2 is ideal for this. If (If!) you could have got lower than the urchin (pic2), really close and shot upwards it might work even better. Of course, you'd need to get your model to attend the TimG PADI Underwater Modelling (Elegant Leg Positioning) Specialty.


Same with the crab (pic 1), if you could get below the body of the crab and shoot upwards so that you can see water between the rock and the crabs leg. It could be quite dramatic.


Ahhh, counsels of perfection. Doncha love 'em.

#362302 Need advice on the next step

Posted by TimG on 16 June 2015 - 12:22 PM

Hey Jim


Tough choices! I'd suggest you perhaps need to decide what it is you are trying to achieve: teach photography and, if so, who is your target audience and what equipment are they likely to use; or take photos for fun for yourself (and maybe make a bit of cash out of it). It could be that you can't do the two things with the same gear - and you might not be able to do both video and stills. 


If you are going to teach, is it likely your students would want to learn about P/S equipment and shooting styles? Or DSLR? It could well be the former which might offer a larger market than the later. Thinking that through might help with your first decision.


And then if you decide on the P/S route, would you want to teach video or stills?


If you are going to teach stills you most certainly will need a strobe. One would do.  If video, then a light. I would suggest that you don't need to use the Sola or video light for teaching stills - it's just going to confuse things. 


Setting up to teach DSLR photography is likely to cost you more than $1k (Strobe, arm, macro lens, wide angle lens) . So that too might narrow down what you may be able to do.


I'm not sure you really need a wet lens to teach P/S. Again, keep it simple. If you can produce really good pics with your P/S in the housing and know how you achieved the result, teach that.  With P/S you should be able to stay in budget (Strobe and arm)


Hope this is of some help. Perhaps be a bit clearer what it is you are trying to achieve - and then get the gear (within your budget) to do that. 

#362293 Adobe Lightroom - New features release

Posted by TimG on 16 June 2015 - 10:12 AM

Yep, got it now! Thanks  :crazy:

#362291 Adobe Lightroom - New features release

Posted by TimG on 16 June 2015 - 08:37 AM

I'm assuming you guys have received an automatic update of LRCC?


I must have upset someone at Adobe.... it's not reached me yet.



#362277 Adobe Lightroom - New features release

Posted by TimG on 16 June 2015 - 03:25 AM

According to Lightroom Killer Tips (on 16 June), Adobe are releasing updates to Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile - but not (not) LR6.


The LR Mobile changes allow more editing; while the LR CC adds, amongst other things, a new feature called Dehaze (or add haze) Effect which, Killer Tips, describes as "pretty darn slick..... and for anyone who shoots u/w photography or at an aquarium". Apparently it cuts through haze and doesn't just add contrast.


The Mobile version has already appeared through the usual App Store updates. I've not yet received the CC update.

#361999 How do I avoid my wife murdering me when I come home with two more YS-250Pro...

Posted by TimG on 09 June 2015 - 06:42 AM

I knew that was why you weren't married - a cute fox, like you!   :lol2:

#361990 How do I avoid my wife murdering me when I come home with two more YS-250Pro...

Posted by TimG on 09 June 2015 - 04:55 AM

Hide the skillet?


Well done, Fabian. We're all proud of you - and now look forward to the topside pics of Mrs Fabian clearly enjoying the sight of your investments. "Yes dear, they really are an investment". Smack.


I spent 35 years (count them) working for the British government and our message was always clear: never explain, never apologise. It's worth a try, Fabian.


And this post may or not be serious either. (But being hit with a skillet is a bit serious). That'll leave a bruise.


Two YS250s eh? Hmmmm, wonder what's next at the Fabian household.....  

#361684 Fisheye lens - Prime or Zoom

Posted by TimG on 31 May 2015 - 10:37 PM

Hi Andrew


I'd suggest the Tokina 10-17mm is the lens of choice for DX users; and the Sigma 15mmFE for FX users. 


I've had both: the Tokina 10-17 on a Nikon D300 (a DX SLR); and, now, the Sigma 15mm on a  Nikon D800 (an FX SLR). They are both excellent lenses if used as I suggest.


If I was using a DX format SLR I'd stick with the Tokina. But with FX, its the Sigma.

#361404 Why do you shoot underwater?

Posted by TimG on 22 May 2015 - 02:41 AM

I'm not sure what you lads are taking up there in Lancaster, but here in Amsterdam I've just polished off an espresso....


I've never tried slow shutter twist n'roll. But it sounds amazing. I do know what you mean though. I've taken several pics where I've deliberately shot for just some small detail in a fish (fins of zebra lion fish are some of may favourite) because, for me, they capture the colour and beauty of the underwater world. For me they are pieces of art. I'm sure twist n'roll can be the same.


Are you/we enhancing natural beauty or distorting it? Who cares. Do you like what you have achieved? Does it give you pleasure? Isn't that what it's all about: creating something which brings you - and hopefully others - joy?


Totally agree on the art v sales thought. I can sell a woman-diver-on-a-wreck shot. But the incredible colours in a fin? Not so much. Maybe in the days of Athena Arts I might have..... So those are for me. Those are the ones that make me smile. But then I do smile when I see the woman-diver image sell.


Life eh? Grab an espresso, Adam.  :crazy:  Or is one man's espresso another man's Nescafe?

#361400 Why do you shoot underwater?

Posted by TimG on 21 May 2015 - 11:45 PM

Interesting thought, Adam.


But define "creative". Can't it all be a bit impressionistic? How we as individuals want to see something? What may seem an enhancement to one person might seem like manipulation to another? I'm sure we all have loads of pics which we think are great and creative and others think are rubbish or "unrealistic". You might like van Gogh but hate Picasso. They are both done with a brush and a paint set. And an idea.


I think I might have to go and lie down after writing that. Or have another espresso.


I'm always delighted when someone sees one of my images and does the Wow-thing.  Even better if they want to buy a copy. So it has to be sharing.....

#361370 Why do you shoot underwater?

Posted by TimG on 20 May 2015 - 10:22 PM

Yeah, I think I'm with Steve: it's all about, for me, the love of the ocean and capturing images which make me smile with pleasure. If someone else likes them, so much the better. I do enjoy too the combination of art (pretentious, moi?) and technology. 


I've entered a couple of competitions, won or been placed in a couple of them; and sell a fair few pics every month - although I think the money I make from them barely pays for the electricity to power my iMac. But there it something very satisfying about other people appreciating what has taken so much time and effort to create.


I have nothing but admiration for someone (Adam) who is doing this to put food on the table. Damn hard way to make a living. Kudos to you!

#361336 padded wet bags for carrying housings in dive skiffs

Posted by TimG on 20 May 2015 - 01:29 AM

I suggested this in another thread:


I usually buy a cheap plastic laundry basket from a local hardware store for $4-$5 wherever I go diving. Great for carrying my gear around, gives it some protection even on the back seat of a car or on a RIB; the baskets even have automatic, water self-emptying technology. Pretty useless as rinse tanks though - although, although, if you scrounge a bin liner from somewhere, line it inside (that's important, it must go INSIDE) the laundry basket, then voilà, you now have your own fully purpose-built, individual rinse tank. Great on those busy dive boats!


At the end of a trip I gift it to some worthy cause.


So, check that out for hitting all the buttons: carrying case, rinse tank, always the latest model, available in range of colours - and a charitable donation.


Gentlemen, Ladies, I give you the Laundry Basket (© all rights reserved)   :crazy:

#360741 Unusual perspective - why does this work?

Posted by TimG on 03 May 2015 - 02:50 AM

Yeah. It's the solitary and loneliness of the diver against the blue depths - with the bubbles and school of fish placing him in the location. The neutral space blue only enhances the smallness of man against the enormity of his environment.

I think Jacques Cousteau may have said that only with a Gallic accent: Ze ehnormatee ov ze bluuu depss onleh increeses ze sehnz ov

I like it too. Maybe we are both insane.