Thanks very much for all the good advice. I rarely use dissolves, and mostly just use straight cuts, but didn't really have any good reason for that - it just felt right. I'll look into that book, thanks!
Timccr - could you elaborate on your advice? I don't quite understand what you're saying, and would like to improve my own editing abilities. Could you explain in more detail your "editing philosophy", if you will? Thanks.
I am currently reviewing several underwater photography textbooks that have been released in the past year or so, and it is interesting to note that they advocate shooting at base ISO whenever possible. In fact one suggests stopping down is preferable to moving off 100 ISO!
They are written by folks that did a lot of film shooting.
That's an interesting observation - and probably a very important one. My main background is in film photography, and I am still learning how different the digital world is. A lot of the skills that I had learned just aren't needed or are wrong, so digital can be a challenge still. But, that's also what makes it interesting, and why I appreciate all the great advice here on Wetpixel.
I'm nowhere to close to being at the level that you folks are discussing, and really appreciate that you give help and advice to those of us who are less talented. I simply shoot to be able to document what I see, and to share it with the folks that I have been traveling with (as well as anyone else who would like to see my work). It is just about the pleasure of seeing a different world.
Nice work, as usual. I liked the "tilted font" effect that you got on your name in the title sequence at the beginning. I was also very impressed with the water clarity, and how much of the plane was still intact after all this time.
When I'm shooting video, I always carry my two video lights. Macro shots, at least, can almost always be improved with additional light. Shallow water with bright sunlight being the only real exception to that rule. If I have them and don't need them, that's better than needing them and not having them available.
I think that SimonSpear has really nailed it - its not so much the tool that you use, but the "tool" holding that camera that determines whether you get good video or not. That said, the last time that I was purchasing, I ended up with a Canon camcorder because I really wanted to focus on video and not still photos. That was a decision that dictated which tool was appropriate <u>for me</u>. I'm still learning, and hopefully getting better at this whole video thing, and I'm inspired by some of the really great shooters here. I'm learning from you folks every day, and that's why I keep coming back here.