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In Topic: Suggestions for D7000 gear for indoor pool

18 September 2012 - 06:05 PM

I did go to the websites mentioned and poked around a bit to get a feel for some of the pricing. The gear is quite expensive and I think I've narrowed two ways this could go. I think I have to eliminate any point and shoot cameras because I don't think I can deal with the shutter lag.

What I'd like to get are two sets of gear suggestions (one for my Nikon D7000 and the other for an older Nikon DSLR that I may purchase to be a dedicated underwater body).

1. I know for the D7000, I would probably go with an Ikelite housing as it seems to be the least expensive of the nicer housings. What I'm not sure of is what else I would need. Sounds like a Port (for Sigma 10-20), arm, strobe (Sea and Sea perhaps), I will have to contact the above mentioned sites.

2. The other option would be to get a used older Nikon DSLR (D90 maybe?) and housing as it may be less expensive to go that route and I assume the same port/arm/strobe, etc.

Oh and 3...a lot of practice :)

Another example that might come a little closer to what I'm looking to do are the underwater shots on this site http://www.urchinrock.com. I don't mind cranking the ISO up if that will allow me to not use strobes outside the pool, because I don't think I will be able to afford it at this point and using my normal Alien Bees with plug is probably not a good idea (not sure how I would fire them off anyways.)

I'll be using the photos for promotional images for advertising and possibly printing some for parent of the kids (5x7, 8x10ish).

In Topic: Indoor pool portrait lighting

15 September 2012 - 09:30 AM

Hi, Graggs,
thank You for Your advices, I really have to think about underwater strobes, combining with my canon 580 speedlight, which has it's separate UW box (maybe using speedlite as fill light).
You are right, outside pool lights are not safe enough, though, as I have read that Zena Holloway is using outside pool lights.
About the strobes : I am thinking about Sea&Sea YS 110a, is it strong enough?
Maybe to use UW torch for additional light? The result I want is like www.urchinrock.com/, I think they are using both : UW Strobe and one strobe outside the pool.
As I am in Lithuania, I can't speak to Steve, unless he has e-mail.

I'm intrested in this as well. The photos on the urchinrock.com site are very close to what I'm wanting to do. I have a Nikon D7000, so I'm leaning towards the Ikelite houseing but am confused on what else I would need. I'll be doing indoor pool shots, so will need strobes. Have no idea about which strobes (would needs something more on the less expensive side) to get?

In Topic: Suggestions for D7000 gear for indoor pool

14 September 2012 - 08:01 PM

From what I can gather, I's probably be looking at an Ikelite housing (about $1500) and one mounted strobe (about $700). What else would I need?

In Topic: Suggestions for D7000 gear for indoor pool

13 September 2012 - 04:06 PM

There are quite a few here that do pool work often. More info from you will likely help them answer you. Will you be shooting a small number of subjects up close or many subjects from more distance? Moving/action related or still poses? Can you accept the grain of higher ISO settings? The answers to questions of that nature makes a considerable difference for the amount of light you will need underwater and the lens you might want to use.
"Reasonable priced" is easy, as long as you consider a large number to be reasonable. Reef photo or Backscatter could give you some pricing for overall systems by they are going to want more info from you regarding your objectives.

Thanks for the reply. Yes, let me give you some more information on what I plan on doing. The subjects will be mostly children either 1 or 2 at a time. Maybe a few groups of 4 or 5, but mostly single or a couple full body, but up close. I'm planning on using my Sigma 24mm macro 1.8 on the D7000. I can live with a higher ISO maybe around 1250?