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Help finding "Rules of Underwater Photography"

25 March 2014 - 04:59 AM

Some time ago, there was a funny thread going around here that listed some "rules" for underwater photography. Most contained solid guidance and some were pretty funny...


I'm conducting a photo workshop this week and would love to include this information (with due credit given of course!), but I haven't been able to locate it...


Can anyone point me in the right direction?





How's my logic...

23 November 2013 - 04:37 PM

I use a D7000/Aquatica system and I'm very happy with it. However, I know I would be even happier with a D800/Aquatica system.


So I had a serious conversation (with myself, because if I'd had it with Mrs. Stoo, it would have been a VERY short conversation...).  I concluded that there was no rational reason to upgrade whatsoever. "Gear lust", pure and simple.


But then I had an epiphany in the middle of the night. It seems like I would get a much better price selling my current camera and housing, while the camera is still readily available... right? I mean who wants to but a housing with a camera in it that can't be replaced, should it die? Part of this came from chatting with a guy on SB that was trying to sell a D200 and housing and wasn't get a nibble.


Getting a better price now, means that an upgrade is more affordable... So assuming that I would upgrade sooner or later anyway, isn't my logic in doing it sooner, rather than later, sound?

Presentation Software?

08 November 2013 - 05:45 PM

I've been asked to present a couple of UW photo workshops. I'm wondering what folks use for presentation software...


Basically I want something that can be used both for a "pretty" slideshow, with some sappy music, but also something that can be used for "teaching"... so some text overlay, perhaps an illustration or two...


I use a Macbook Pro... I have Powerpoint and iPhoto already. Someone suggested "Keynote" which is a $20 App from Mac and apparently integrates well with iTunes and iPhoto for importing stuff. It also allows you to stick everything on the Cloud so it could be accessed anywhere and on any of my iGizmos...


My bro uses some stuff called ProShow which looked ok, but it's a Windows app only....


Any thoughts?


Key is ease of use ('cause I'm not that likely to use it if it's a PITA), and cheap!




You know who's a good guy?

17 October 2013 - 06:39 PM

That Jean Bruneau at Aquatica.... that's who.


Also known as Viz'art in these parts.


Why do I say this you ask?


Well, I am a two -time Aquatica owner, so I've spoken to Jean and visited him at their offices a few times and he was always very helpful. But you kind of expect that, because I am a customer. I think that's his job... to help customers.


But in the past year, friends who have been struggling with their imaging have come to me for advice or help. I can often assist, but on two occasions I was completely stumped about the problem that they were having. One guy even posted on here and no one could help.


So in each case, I sent a note to Jean to see if he had any bright ideas. I should mention that neither of these friends are Aquatica users. Both use Ikelite systems. But in both cases, Jean responded within minutes to my email with the solution to the problem. Then he followed up a bit later with some 12 page technical paper that he had written that covered the the topic and solution.


As tempted as I was to take credit for this brilliance, I passed this information along to my friends who were amazed and happy!


So I tip my cap to Jean. He's a credit to Aquatica and a fabulous resource to call on.


Which doesn't mean you can all send him your bizarre questions.


Thanks Jean!