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My New Book: Underwater Photography Masterclass

03 March 2016 - 10:16 AM

Adam already posted about this on the frontpage, but if you are like me, you will often come direct to the forums, so I wanted to announce this here too.

I am very excited that my new book is now printed and will soon be shipping. It has been a long wait since finishing writing it at the end of August to finally seeing the finished copy in my hands.


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The book is called Underwater Photography Masterclass and should be reasonably widely available. Amazon USA has a great pre-order price right now. I am also selling it from my website, but even lightweight books are expensive to ship - so that adds quite a bit to the price. 




I have tried to write and original and inspiring book on the subject. As well as covering classic and brand new techniques. Although the book is a complete course on underwater photography, the book's focus is on Light and Lighting.


I have also made a short video about it:


The book's website is: http://underwaterphotographybook.com



Nikon D5 in Nikon D4S housings

15 December 2015 - 12:46 AM

Nikon are expected to launch the Nikon D5 at the start of 2016. It is expected to be a 20MP replacement for the 16MP Nikon D4S.


When Nikon replaced the D3 with the D4 they received a lot of criticism from press/sports photographers (the intended market for the camera) because they made a host of minor layout changes to the main controls on the camera body. This is a problem for the photojournos because they will often shoot 2-5 bodies at the same time (each with different lenses) and want to be able to swap between them seamlessly. When a new camera comes out they want to be able to use it side by side with their existing cameras. 


When Nikon released the Nikon D4S they went to pains to point out that it has identical controls to the D4 - seeing this as a major selling point.


For this reason I have been hoping that the Nikon D5 will be physically identical to the D4S in terms of the layout of its major controls. And therefore would fit into Nikon D4S housings. Something I am personally interested it - as I use a D4S housing!




UPDATE. Yesterday Nikon Rumours posted some leaked photos of a "Nikon D5"




I have never put much stock in what Nikon Rumors say, well not since I had a pre-production Nikon D800 in my hand and read their inaccurate speculation about the “forthcoming” Nikon D800. 


However, their Nikon D5 photos look pretty legit to me. I think that they are officially leaked by Nikon to raise some hype for the D5 (not the best week to do it when everyone is focussed on The Force Awakens!) - which is why there is a Sigma lens on it - Nikon trying to be clever!




The photos do indeed suggest a very similar chassis to the D4s. Which bodes well. There are some extra Function Buttons that are in new positions and the ISO button has been moved - which I believe it had to. I even commented in my UW Nikon D4 review that this important control was easier to use through the housing than on the camera body (which is dumb design by Nikon for a function that so defines the camera). 


From a quick scan of the images, I look forward to trying it in a housing. The ISO button and function buttons looks the main hitches. But I would also expect the camera to have a high degree of button customisation - and I would be very surprised that ISO could not be reprogrammed to another button.


All that may be wishful thinking. As so often Nikon have put some bulge somewhere on the camera body that inadvertently scuppers using it in an existing housing! 




p.s. Long term I would likely get a dedicated housing for the D5, just because of the workload it will get, but it would be great to have 95% functionality from the release of the camera using the old housing. 

Low Visibility Shooting - Mustard video interview

27 May 2015 - 12:41 AM

I was in the Netherlands at the weekend for the CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography. It is an excellent event, which was first held in the 1970s and has travelled all around the world in the intervening years. 


I was really pleased to see it come to the Netherlands, particularly because the low visibility conditions would be a stern challenge - rewarding the photographers who really know what they are doing. Although the images won't be as amazing as in easier conditions, the competitors produced some exceptional work, especially considering every shot must be presented straight from the camera - no backscatter removal allowed! Each competitor was limited to just 4 dives to produce images in 5 categories.


You can see more here: https://www.facebook...netherlands2015


Anyway, below is a video clip of an interview I made during the event, with my dog Zena hanging on my every word as usual...


The first half of the interview is about the competition judging, the second half of the interview (start at 02:17) is about my approach for shooting in low visibility conditions:




 (I can't seem to make it embed - sharing does not seem to be turned off on the video - so not sure why)




[edit] - video embedded: