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Member Since 29 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Feb 10 2015 02:06 PM

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In Topic: The Value of Underwater Photo Workshops?

10 February 2015 - 02:02 PM

I still think workshops are great - if they're small. 


I recently signed up for another workshop next January, and am really looking forward to it. As for myself, I prefer the "hands-on" of "change this setting, move this strobe here, try this, etc.".  Yes, a smaller workshop costs more, but in my mind that is exactly what I want.  I find telling me to do something and SHOWING me are both very important.  The lectures only go so far. Some "in pool" time to show me stuff, as well as in-water and on-boat, are exactly what I'm after.   And after trying to get in this guy's workshop for a year, I finally snagged a spot!

In Topic: Canon 5D Mark III - Focus problems

10 February 2015 - 01:39 PM

I would ask how your focus is set.  Are you using "single point", "tracking", etc.?   I use single shot, only.  You should also "move" the focus off of the camera shutter, onto the back focus.  In this manner, you hit the back focus button and the focus "locks", if you are shooting macro/super-macro, you can then "rock" the housing, and when you're ready to shoot, then depress the shutter.  I do not use the "tracking" focus at all.    I'd say if this continues, you should send the body in for service, as I have found mine to do exceptionally well in low-light situations - in and out of the water.

In Topic: Dome reflection ?

10 February 2015 - 01:32 PM

My Zen port sometimes does the same thing. I get the concentric ring design off my lens reflecting off the inside of the port. Only happens in certian lighting situations. I took some flat black paint to those rings!!!!

In Topic: Need help with fiber snoot technique!

10 February 2015 - 01:30 PM

Also, I'd go for "off camera".  Get a Triggerfish sensor to fire your strobe, then use another strobe on-camera (but not with snoot). Works like a champ.

In Topic: Best way to achieve tack sharp focus?

10 February 2015 - 01:20 PM

The live view can work, but you then have to "enlarge" the screen.  I have seen people use accessory monitors, that have a very high pixel count, to help with this.  Also, you need to find the "sweet spot" on your lens.  If you stop down too much, you lose a lot of sharpness on your image.  I have found for macro, around f/11 works well with my Canon 100mm L series.  Alex Mustard has many good posts that show different sharpness levels, based on different apertures.