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In Topic: Octospot 4K divers camera

06 July 2016 - 05:24 AM

The biggest problem is: you don't know where the camera is pointing at! Anyone dove with a goPro without the LCD screen would know, you would end up with video that has creature half out of the frame, forget about rule of third. With this limitation, it can hardly be use as a B camera.

In Topic: single vs dual video lights?

30 June 2016 - 05:42 PM

You don't really need light most of the time unless when you go deep, or cave diving. For day time shooting, use custom white balance. When come to purchase light, the price and battery life does affect your decision making.

Personally I have 2 lights, one is 2000 lumen, and another one is 2500 lumen. I mainly use light for night dive, so having 2 lights automatically give me a back up situation in case one light goes out. When come to night dive, I like to keep one light on with red light (it doesn't use much battery), and turn the other light off. This will let me swim around with stealth mode and don't get annoy by those "fly" that attract to light. When I see something I want to shoot, then I turn on the other light.


I know a diver who uses two 8000 lumen light, each one cost $1000+, not many people have that kind of budget for light. :D

In Topic: Professional Freelance work in Underwater Video?

30 June 2016 - 05:05 AM

My friend just shot some scene for this (for BuzzFeed), and he's in South Florida:


Eunjae from Korea shoot for broadcast station.


I believe Chris (Bubble Vision) in Thailand shoot documentary style video and sell DVD of the stuff he shoot.


So yes, there are a few people in this forum that do commercial work, they just don't check the forum regularly.

In Topic: Professional Freelance work in Underwater Video?

24 June 2016 - 04:47 AM

It really depends on your location. If you are in Florida, you would have a hard time because most commercial works just go to dive shop or underwater equipment stores.


It also depends on what kind of cinematographer are you. Such as if you are event shooter, marketing shooter etc. If you're marketing shooter, then chances is you would do a lot of shooting in the pool, which you can get into quite quickly. If you're event shooter, then yes you do need more dive experience. The trend of bride/groom underwater photo/video is not taking off. So I don't know what kind of outlet would you have. Does any of your existing client show interest in UW video? The drone is outpace the Underwater scene so far.

In Topic: Beautiful Sabah - My latest project

20 May 2016 - 11:51 AM

Yes, Wolfgang, make sure you do some research about diving season. I didn't do much research and went in early March. Turned out it was low season and the visibility was not great. I was told May to August are good. There are other new places to dive now, such as "Sibuan", "Mataking", and "Pom Pom". These are mostly macro diving.