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Steve Williams

Member Since 23 May 2005
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In Topic: Beginners question before jumping in

23 November 2014 - 08:10 PM

Hi Jimmy, 

The most important aspect is of course your safety.  Where you plan to dive is an important consideration to understand when you should think about taking a camera with you.  Warm caribbean waters with sand in 30 ft and no current? Go for it.  Take a good buddy with you and have fun. Really not much different that shooting in a pool.  You have practised a few hours with your rig in a pool, right?   As the complexity in your planned dives go up so would my recommendation for additional practise time before worrying about a camera. Current, cold water, low visibility, all make it more difficult to dive safely with a camera.   It's also easy for new photographers to get so locked into taking pictures they forget about simple things like how much air they have and where their buddy is.


The other critical consideration is the safety of the reef, some new divers initially have trouble with their bouyancy.  Carrying a camera just makes it that much tougher to control your position in the water.  The tendency is for new photographers to bounce off the reef a few times before they get the experience.  It's extremely painful to watch and no damage to the reef is ever acceptable due to our lack of skills.  


Welcome to the amazing world of underwater photography,  you are asking the right questions.  Be sure and reseach any questions you have here on previous Wetpixel threads and be sure to ask any questions you don't see or don't quite understand. 




In Topic: Nikon at competitive pricing? Why not?

06 November 2014 - 10:03 PM

Hi partner,

There are deals to be made.  I'm not sure about the date for Nikon but I know Canon as of April 2014 is  enforcing the strict Minimum Advertised Price on all their lenses and camera equipment.  Authorized Canon (and Nikon) dealers cannot under any circumstances advertise a lower price.  It doesn't mean that they can't sell for less.  They can still have specials they just can't advertise them.  I recently picked up a new body for significantly under their advertised price.  Your strobe is a low volume item and I'd guess hard to find a deal on, but it doesn't hurt to ask and if bundled with that new lens you've been wanting might save more than you think.  It's worth a few calls.


Good luck,


In Topic: wtb noughticam 45 deg view finder

05 November 2014 - 05:20 PM

Hi Steve,

I'm thinking that anyone who has dove a 45 viewfinder on their housing is planning on keeping it.  It's one of the few things that you take from housing to housing as you upgrade cameras and everyone I know loves the added view that it provides.  It may be hard to find one for sale.  


Good luck!


In Topic: Santa Barbara Island

27 October 2014 - 08:49 PM

Lokking good Sean,  

That little island was always one of my favorite spots in So Cal.  I still have dreams about the deep reef and wall 1/2 mile off the achorage.  Thanks for bringing it all flooding back.




In Topic: Secrets of Macaronesia VIII

26 October 2014 - 06:41 AM

Outstanding imagery!  The soundtrack is georgous too.  Well done!   :clapping:  :clapping:  :clapping:  :clapping:  :clapping: