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In Topic: Backscatter

10 June 2012 - 07:55 PM

Thanks, everyone. I'll try all of your suggestions.

I'm still quite new to this and I've never really experimented on the surface with cameras in manual mode, so underwater is where I'm learning. Hope to see significant improvements with my photos.

In Topic: Backscatter

09 June 2012 - 03:42 PM

At the risk of sounding rude, neither image works because the subjects are too far away. The first, and most important, way to avoid backscatter is to get close. The next is to put the strobe in the right place, pointing in the right direction. Martin Edge, in "The Underwater Photographer", explains it best.

Good luck!



Don't worry about sounding rude; I'm open to criticism. These clearly are not good shots, but they are a good example of the type of backscatter that I see sometimes.

Also, by turning up the strobe power, a lot of lighter-colored subjects become overexposed. If you look at the squid, its eyes are extremely bright due to the reflection of the strobe light. Is there a way I can work around that?

In Topic: Backscatter

08 June 2012 - 08:37 AM

Ok, here's a couple of examples of my backscatter.

The reef photo is obviously more than 6+ feet away, so there is inevitable backscatter. However, it's an obscene amount, and I know it can likely be reduced.

The squid photo is less than 5ft away, yet there's tons of backscatter. This type of backscatter is the type of backscatter I usually get (except maybe more).

Does it look like the light from the camera flash is getting through?

In Topic: My first UW shots

07 June 2012 - 10:02 AM

Better than my first shots, that's for sure.

In Topic: FeedBack Kindly solicited

06 June 2012 - 08:38 AM

Let me start off by saying that I like you shot, it certainly has a lot of pro's:
Nice subject, good sharpness, exposure is correct (if there is such a thing as correct exposure), the fish is nicely composed in the corner - all the basics for a good shot is there.

The only two con's I could come up with is that the substrate around the subject is quite colorful and therefore leads the eye a little away from the subject. (I know its hard with subject living in holes! :) ). The second con is that there is not too much depth in the shot, there is a foreground but I'm missing a definitive background.

I always try to find subject that sit up high on something, or where I can get down low and shoot with water behind the subject, to get a feeling for the environment that the animal lives. I hope my advice can somehow help, keep up the good work, Morten :D

Sorry to jump in, but I get similar shots as well. How would you suggest improving on your constructive criticisms, especially for fish and creatures that are almost never in open water (i.e., hole-dwellers, sculpins, etc.)?

I see that you mention that the subject should sit high on something, but that's not always possible.