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Photos from Turks & Caicos. Need help improving

27 April 2015 - 09:59 PM

Hi all,
Just returned from my first Liveaboard spending a week diving around the turks and caicos area aboard the Explorer II. Before the trip I had considered buying a new dive housing for my DSLR but the cost discouraged me. So I brought my old P&S (with manual controls) Olympus SP350 with my Ikelite housing and DS-50 strobe. Most dives were pretty deep in the 25-30ft range what made it pretty dark, specially on the wide shots from a distance.
In the past I have used photoshop for post work but don’t have it on my current machine so this time I used Aperture. Although I achieved some improvements, it’s been hard to work on the wide shots. Difficult to bring some of the red back while keeping the blues, well, blue, specially on the background water. On photoshop used to be easier to select and separate elements in layers. 
I usually do most of the adjustments in white balance, exposure, enhance, highlights & shadow and sharpen. What should I be paying attention to?
Here are some of the pictures. I have put a couple in the original form (sharks)so you see what I am working with. Would be great to get some advice on how to improve my photos.
Thanks for the feedback.

Anybody tried backscatter DEEP filter?

03 April 2015 - 10:33 AM

I read some posts about it being too red, or to only use deeper than 80ft. What is your personal experience? I was planning on just getting the basic setup with the "dive" filter.
I did consider getting the SRP 55mm filter, but I like the Flip setup from BS. Buying Flip + 55mm thread adapter + SRP filter would be a lot of $$$$.
Is the SRP filter much superior to BS Dive filter?
And has anybody ever tried the GoPro brand red filter?
I really appreciate your input.

Do I need the dive housing for GoPro Hero 4 Silver?

26 March 2015 - 04:14 PM

Hi All,
I used to have a Hero 2 which I manually changed the round port to a flat port but used the standard housing for UW video. I just ordered a GoPro Hero 4 Silver and now I am wondering if I need to order the dive housing. The standard is rated to 40m which sufficient for my dives, but besides max depth are there any other differences? Seems the locking is different? 
Did anyone hear of problem using the standard housing for diving?
Thanks so much

GoPro OEM Red Filter?

03 February 2015 - 08:32 AM

Hi, I know a lot has been talked here about using a red or magenta filter with GoPro cameras to correct color loss. I have in the past shot with after market red filters from Polar Pro, among others, with decent results. But now GoPro offer their own red and magenta filters that fit perfectly on their housings. I couldn't find any reviews or comparison.
I am buying a GoPro Hero 4 and looking into a red filter for it.
Does anybody here have experience with GoPro's own red filter?


Thanks so much

GoPro Hero 4 Black with LCD or Silver?

06 January 2015 - 03:49 PM

I am about to buy a new gopro and not sure whether to get the black with a LCD bacpac  or the silver which comes with the LCD screen. I have been using a GoPro Hero 2 with bacpac until recently when I lost it.

I have access to a significant discount with GoPro, so the $79 LCD cost is not an issue. Just trying to figure out if I want to deal with the bulkier 4 + LCD. Seems like the only benefit would be 4K at 30fps.

Anybody here had to go through the same choice? What did you get and are you happy about it?

Although I won't be able to use the touch screen while diving, so you know if on the silver I can control using buttons but still go through menu options on the LCD?

Would love to get some opinions.