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  1. Thanks for the advice Morten - one question for you about doing my PADI - when it comes to doing the open water portion of my course - do I have to do all my dives at once in the same place? I'm travelling with a tour group working its way up the gold coast from Sydney to Cairns on a fixed schedule - so would I be able to do my dives on seperate day trips in whatever places I find myself in?
  2. Wow - thanks for all the candid advice! I guess I'd really be getting ahead of myself to buy a whole bunch of camera gear at this point. I'm going to look into doing my PADI!
  3. Has anyone here ever dived in Australia? I'm going up the gold coast from Sydney to Cairns in Sept and am curious how good the photo oppurtunities will be (i.e. will there be clear blue waters and lots of fish and colourful stuff to photograph) I'm mainly planning on doing beach dives since I'm short on time and not certified. Is visibility there good? I read one guide that said visibility is 15-30M on the great barrier - but I don't know how a picture would look under such conditions. Is it easy to find fish when you are diving - or do you have to actively search for them? I'm keen to try u/w photography but I'm leery I might just come back with pictures of a bunch of rocks because I'm totally new to this
  4. I own a S95 and am looking at getting the Ikelite housing for my upcoming trip to Australia where I'll be doing some snorkeling/diving. After reading a few articles - they seem to stress the value of wide-angle lens pretty hard - but those lens aren't cheap. Is it worth buying a wide angle lens for one trip? This is probably the only chance I will have to go diving in the forseeable future. I don't want to skimp out and miss some great photos I can keep for a lifetime, but I don't want to waste money either. Do most people buy a wide angle lens when they get started with underwater photography, or do people usually wait until are more experienced?
  5. Hi Everyone - this is my first post - this forum seems cool! I'm envious of some of the pics here - I just stare at them and try to analyze how you guys do it. This may be the ultimate noob question - how good at diving do I need to be before I attempt underwater photography? I've only ever dived once and I don't have any certification but I'm planning a trip to the great barrier reef in Australia (probably only beach dives) and am debating if I should buy a housing and a wide angle lens for my S95. Am I biting off more than I can chew if I try u/w photo at this point? Part of me wants to try and snag some great underwater pics, but part of me is worried I won't be able to managet the diving and photos at the same time and I'll just end up frustrated with a bunch of expensive equipment I can't really use. Any advice for a newb?
  6. The article was really helpful. I just signed up for this forum and have a total noob question - how much diving experience do I need before it's worthwile to attempt underwater photography? I'm a competent photorgrapher on land and I've read some of the underwater photography guides - but they are much more focused on the camera skills - it almost seems like the assumption is you have to be a experienced diver before you even attempt underwater photography. I've only ever dived once and I don't have my certification. I'm going to the great barrier reef and am tempted to buy a housing for my camera and see what I can do. Am I biting off more than I can chew? I remember on my last dive there were times when I would almost float to the surface or practically crawl along the ocean floor because I wasn't used to the gear.
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