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    UW videography: macro and wide angle

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    Sony A7Rii
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    Fix Neo 3000
  1. Great information. Thank you very much. I will look up at buying the 6 BG filters, and will experiment on my next dive trip.
  2. Thank you for the clarification. I have to re-read your article about the ambient filters. I see that, in addition to 6 BG filter, Keldan has 12 BG filter for a depth of 10-18 meters, but from your post I understand that you do not recommend using ambient filters below 12 meters or so (the limit of the 6 BG filter). So, in this case if I am using video lights I should not use red filter, and rather focus on subject that my lights could light up. Is this correct?
  3. Thank you for watching my video and your feedback, Interceptor121. I am not sure if I could blame Keldan filters for cold colours, as I used them together with the internal red filter. Most probably I over-did blue colour in post-processing. I will pay more attention to this in the future. Thank you again. Your comments are very valuable.
  4. Here is my first video using Sony camcorder HXR-NX80 taken during the last diving trip in Philippines this August: https://youtu.be/XZ2JvM6JXkI I have not mastered this camera yet, and on a few occasions I inadvertently used wrong settings (i.e. the internal ND filter was on on a few dives). Also, playing with different settings and filters resulted in some color inconsistencies between different clips. While I am still trying to master this camera, I will greatly appreciate constructive criticism and recommendations. The following equipment was used to make this video: Camera: Sony camcorder HXR-NX80 Housing: Gates AX700 / Z90 with Gates GP34A Wide Angle Port and internal UR Pro Red Filter (on most dives) and UR Pro Pink Filter (on a few dives) Tripod: Gates Tripod Diopters: SAGA +5 Diopter Achromatic Close-Up Macro Lens, and SAGA +10 Diopter Achromatic Close-Up Macro Lens Video Lights: Keldan Video 8X 11,000 Lumen CRI 92 (5400K) with Keldan Ambient Filter M1 (10-20m) for 4X/8X Camera Settings: 4K, 30 FPS, Picture Profile: BT709. I followed the following article for recommended camera settings: AX700-Z90-Housing-Recommended-Settings-R2.pdf In my decision to buy this camera and housing, I followed an advise from Juan Monterey, who convinced me through his articles that this Sony camcorder is one of the best cameras for underwater videography: http://wetpixel.es/mi-actual-equipo-submarino/ As I am shooting only videos, I found many advantages of going with this camcorder and the Gates housing, including but not limited to the following: No need to carry several lenses. With one wide angle dome and diopters you could shoot wide angle and macro on the same dive. Very good and fast auto focus Very easy (one-button touch) white balance setup. Ability to use HLG - Hybrid Log Gamma (In the future for me) Battery is good for four dives (about 4 hrs) One things that puzzled me with this Gates housing is providing a control knob for ND filters, as I have never been in a situation yet when there is too much light under water. Maybe someone could enlighten me about this. For all footage above water I was using iPhone X. Hope to hear your comments and recommendations on how to improve my videos. Many thanks and cheers.
  5. Thank you for your comment, wunderhorn. Any full frame camera is not easy to travel with, and this one as well. In addition to the housing, domes and lights you would have to bring several lenses. If you are interested in something that is easy to use and travel with, a GoPro or another action camera is probably your best choice. If you are interested in videography, you will need to buy a set of powerful video lights as well. It all depends what you want to do. I actually switched to a Sony Camcorder NXR-NX80 recently, which is easier to use and the footage is of better quality. The camcorder is fairly small and only one lens is required, but in combination with a Gates housing it is not easy to travel with. I will be posting a video that I shoot with the NX-80 from my recent trip to Philippines in about a week, and you could see the quality of footage.
  6. Thank you, Interceptor121. I watched this video.
  7. I checked the website of this resort, and it looks nice. I have a few more questions, if you do not mind: 1. How many divers per a guide? 2. How much would you expect to spend for food per day? 3. For how many days would you recommend to go over there? 4. How would you compare muck diving to Lembeh strait? Many thanks.
  8. also, your photos are fantastic! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Thank you for your comment, Interceptor121.
  10. Thank you for your feedback. You are correct regarding Alex comments, and your guess of how I swim on the subject is correct. I think it would be safer to be stationary while using lights. Also, would you say that position of video lights for video should be similar to position of strobes for photography? To me, it should not be any different. Could I just follow recommendations for strobes positioning?
  11. Thank you for watching my videos, your perspective and recommendations, aviator8. I live in Canada (Toronto) and I do not like diving in this area. I am trying to make three dive trips each year, and I should definitely use a more systematic approach to improve my skills. Thanks again
  12. I have very good and powerful video lights (Keldan 8X), and I tend to over-use them. I started to use ambient light filters in combination with a red filter on a lens, and I am getting more pleasant results. I am stragelling a bit with proper positioning of my video lights. Some recommend to put lights in line with the camera, some slightly behind the camera, others - just in front of the camera. Another question I have is about overlap of lights. Some recommend to overlap light cones (so that the subject is illuminated by both lights), but Alex Mustard, for example, recommends to have light cones apart. I am collecting all this information piece by piece, and trying a few different things every time, but it takes more time than I hopped. Thank you for your comments, TaxiDriver 14.
  13. Thank you bubffm. I will take your comment as a compliment. Thanks again. I am following Vanessa's course, and eagerly waiting for more advanced topics. I feel that I need to fine-tune many things, mostly related to lighting.
  14. Could anyone recommend a good underwater videography course online, liveaboard or at a resort? I attended one at Lembeh a few years ago, and looking for something else, more advanced. Many thanks.
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