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In Topic: What style BDC and fins are you using ?

01 August 2016 - 07:11 AM

I wear a backplate and wing (actually I have two, one for local cold water, and one for tropical). I pair that with a pair of pocket shorts (see Dive Gear Express, Highland, Scubapro, etc). That lets me add pockets to any wet suit or dry suit I own.

In Topic: How to find the names of the creatures you shoot?

28 July 2016 - 05:56 PM

You'd do really well with the Humann and DeLoach Indo Pacific fish and creature books. There is also a nudi book from the same publisher and other nudi books, but the creature book has a pretty good selection of nudis already.

In Topic: How to find the names of the creatures you shoot?

28 July 2016 - 07:32 AM

I'd start with the books from New World Publications for the places you've dived, such as https://smile.amazon... identification


These books are uniformly good and it's very helpful to flip through pages looking for a match.


The other thing I do is have a series of Lightroom keyword sets for ID. For instance, the first one is like "Fish, crustacean, mollusk, reptile, etc" and I quickly tag things that way. Then I select all the crustaceans and further refine to "crab, shrimp, lobster" etc. Then I end up with a group of similar creatures in a photo and can page through just a few pages of a book to definitively identify them.

In Topic: Gear Update Confusing! Any input appreciated

16 May 2016 - 05:50 AM

Hi Sue!


I guess what you need to consider is the pros vs cons of upgrading.


An SLR based system will make it easier to get better images, but it is a more complex and complicated animal. Understanding settings will still be a prerequisite to getting the images you want. 


If you feel that you have exhausted the creative potential (for you) with the G12, it is definitely time to move on....


My feeling is that the G16 will probably produce marginally better images, but will not be a huge leap over the G12.


My only other thought is that if you are finding that camera settings and figuring them out is a challenge, perhaps try and get on a  workshop or hire a pro photographer for a few sessions. This will also help you decide whether the upgrade path is one that you wish to embark on.


All the best




This would echo my advice. I think you say/admit that you are not exhausting the potential of the G12 since you see much better images taken with it. Instead of spending thousands on new gear, spend a few hundred and get some one on one advice from a pro. I did this a couple of years ago and besides the money I spent on my very first P&S housing, it was easily the most effective money I spent to improve my photography. I too did the G10 -> G12 -> G15 route and the gear made, at best, a minimal difference. When I did finally switch into a u4/3 system, honestly my images suffered for a trip or two until I learned my *new* system.


If you are having trouble taking the images you want with a G12, you'll struggle with something "better". Sure, some things become a bit easier, like focussing, but I'd really suggest you try to milk as much out of the G12 as you can and identify a real shortcoming of it that's holding you back before you spring for something new.

In Topic: Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

10 March 2016 - 11:06 AM

Carry on my entire m4/3 system plus mask, dive computer, all batteries and charger. I wrap everything in a couple of days of clothes and put it in a roll-aboard. Always get a laptop in there and sometimes my regs.