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In Topic: Softbox vs. diffuser for YS-D1's

Today, 10:39 AM

Hi Katy,
I agree that the shutter speed is high. I would also point out that your aperture seems pretty stopped down too. What were your ISO settings?
Overall, the images are a little overexposed. By reducing the overall exposure, you would get better color rendition
 The blues are very washed out. What are your white balance settings? I would suggest trying to balance out camera settings with the strobes' color temp. The YS-D1's are 5250°K. 
I think the issue here is more to do with the camera settings than the strobe's output?
I have played with them second image in Photoshop quickly. Mostly just white balance, exposure and color saturation:
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I do think that the model does need some more light on her, and increasing the strobe output may be one way of doing so.
All the best

In Topic: Why do you shoot underwater?

Yesterday, 11:59 PM

OK, hope you are back from your lie down Tim!


Take for example twisting the camera at slow shutter speeds.


I really like the effect, but there is no doubt that it distorts the reality of what we see....


Can/should we enhance natural beauty? Uh oh, I feel another coffee fueled moment  :dancing:


Similarly, the public appetite (outside of underwater photography-centric circles) does seem to favor faithful renditions of nature. To be blunt, these images sell, whereas more creative (and arguably more beautiful) images do not! So if we are planning to sell images and are shooting accordingly, should we ignore more creative techniques in favor of shooting technically perfect image of what we actually see?



In Topic: Expose to the right?

Yesterday, 11:51 PM

I am currently reviewing several underwater photography textbooks that have been released in the past year or so, and it is interesting to note that they advocate shooting at base ISO whenever possible. In fact one suggests stopping down is preferable to moving off 100 ISO!


They are written by folks that did a lot of film shooting. 


I think that with newer cameras, ISO is another exposure control, and this really opens up the possibilities with ETTR. Reichman et al were using this technique for landscape photography with cameraS on tripods, which are not really a viable option for underwater shooting. The fact that we can get clean images at ISO 1600 and beyond now means that this is now viable.


I confess that I still find it difficult to deliberately expose "wrongly". :)



In Topic: Why do you shoot underwater?

Yesterday, 11:35 PM

Thank you all for your input. I think that loving the natural world may be a pre requisite for being successful?


So, if we are attempting to capture images of the natural world faithfully, should we use creative techniques that "enhance" our images of it?


When you produce a stunning image, do you think of the in terms of it being solely a personal achievement, or do you think about sharing it? I think I may know the answer but it is worth asking still. 


Fun? Fiddlesticks, it is all work! Thank you for reminding me Steve!



In Topic: Softbox vs. diffuser for YS-D1's

19 May 2015 - 02:04 AM



I think it may be worth seeing some examples. Harsh edges sounds to me like the whole scene is underexposed-showing the strobe edges?


I have used CM diffusers: http://wetpixel.com/...trobe-diffusers


They do provide an even light, at the expense of power. A softbox underwater would diffuse the light so much that it would not travel through the water at all. The inverse square law means that it doesn't travel far anyway..