Thanks for the helpful tips and insights. It for the most part seems beneficial to take a workshop as long as it's not too big and with a good reputable instructor. I just signed up for a workshop with Aaron Wong in Anilao and couldn't be more excited. Hoping to build on the craft and get creative with shooting underwater!
Thanks everyone for your tips, opinions, and insights. It all helps.
Those are all great reasons for sure.
Yes, I'm very open to ideas and learning now. I would imagine people will be bouncing ideas off of each other and learning not solely from the instructor. I tend to learn better by example and so this would benefit me a lot.
Thanks for the tips. I generally have a firm understanding of your bullet points. I could probably learn my camera and controls better (I would like to be faster and more fluid). I'll also take a look at the Martin Edge book again.
That's good to know. Sounds like generally people find value in workshops.
Yeah the stains seem more like an odd chemical reaction with the glass rather than mineral deposits. Thankfully, you don't seem to notice them when the glass is wet. After looking through the glass when the port is partially submerged in a bowl of water, it doesn't seem to affect image quality.
Thanks for the tip. I do usually try to keep my housing wet if fresh water isn't available and rinse, soak and dry as soon as possible.
Yeah, that's what someone else said that it may not be possible to remove the marks. Though, I would imagine a fine polish should remove them. The glass still seems smooth so I would think the marks haven't etched into the glass.
I do try to soak my housing in fresh water after a days diving. There's probably been a couple times I didn't get a chance to soak the housing. But I do rinse every time. Though, I do do a lot of beach dives and probably there's been times where I couldn't rinse my housing for several hours.
I don't think the stains affect image quality underwater. Haven't noticed. Looking through the port with a bowl of water I can't see the stains.
I've tried a vinegar/lime solution diluted in water soaking for at least 12 hours but that didn't seem to help. I will try your technique of pure vinegar.