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  1. Many of the most accomplished underwater photographers attribute their success to diving and interacting frequently with fellow photographers. This can provide logistical support, advice, and creative inspiration. Adam and Alex discuss whether diving with other photographers may the single best way of improving your own photography.
  2. Hey Chris...we have a while episode coming up about tool kits! Regular contributor Alex Mustard and Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon discuss how they clean and maintain their underwater photography gear between dive trips and assignments.
  3. Underwater photography equipment represents a significant investment, and a frequently asked question in the Wetpixel Forum is how best to ensure that it remains functional in the field. Regular contributor Alex Mustard and Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon discuss their essential tips for looking after your underwater imaging gear in the field Wetpixel Live is a series of discussions that aim to answer some of the questions that frequently crop up on the Wetpixel Forum. With over 20 episodes posted, and many more being created daily, they are a resource for all underwater photographers. Please subscribe to the Wetpixel Live channel to be informed when new episodes are posted.
  4. The +3 wet lens is actually a +5 that was made by FIT. I understand that they are no longer making them sadly. In terms of compatibility with M4/3s, it will be as compatible as any other wet lens, but will only be needed if your lens has a working distance that is some distance in front of the port and/or this is a problem. I wood suggest that if you are finding the CMC a bit strong, and can still work the lighting, just back off a little? Adam
  5. There is some barrel distortion with WACP-1, but certainly not enough to worry me shooting models or free divers (of any gender) in a natural setting. I would argue that the ability to use shallow depth of field with significantly reduced distortion is a huge advantage.. For pool type shoots, WACP-2 would undoubtedly be better though.
  6. Another relatively recent development in optical equipment for underwater photographers is the availability of a seeming plethora of “wet” close-up lenses. In this episode of Wetpixel Live, Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon and regular contributor Alex Mustard chat through the options and make some recommendations about which macro underwater photographers should consider.
  7. I use dry gloves for just about everything in the UK. They are actually more dextrous than wet suit gloves underwater, as they compress down. When you hands get cold, it becomes impossible to adjust settings. Check out our discussion about gloves in part 2 here:
  8. I wouldn't shoot the 16-35mm with a 230mm dome with the Sea&Sea modifier at much less than f/10 or f/11. I will shoot the WACP 1 at f/5 and the pictures get published! Certainly, in dark gloomy conditions, the WACP will let you get shots that are simply impossible to get with a dome/lens combination. If you always shot at f/13 or above, I guess the differences are much less marked. Some of it depends on which camera you are using it with, and I haven't really been happy generally with the 16-35mm with the D850. The resolution really shows up the optical flaws in the system.Certainly I find that I use the WACP a lot, and the 16-35mm less and less. I love the RS13 conversions, but they are definitely a fisheye lens. I find that the 8-15mm with a 170 mm dome gives acceptable results even at pretty large apertures. I think for some things like GWS from a shark cage, when a very open aperture will give strobes a better reach, the RS is an amazing tool, but it is a different one to the WACP (either version). WACP-1 is around 1.4 kg heavier than a 230mm dome, extension and 16-35mm lens. Although this is significant, in the big scheme of things, this is easily managed for travel. Both are heavy solutions! 1/160@f/5, ISO400 Nikon D850, Nikkor 28-70 f/3.5-4.5, Nauticam WACP, Seacam Seaflash 60 strobes
  9. Nauticam released the Wide Angle Conversion Port (WACP) back in 2017. This port, along with manufacturers modifying Nikonos RS lenses for use with modern cameras, has rekindled an enthusiasm for water contact optics. At DEMA 2019, Nauticam released a second version of the WACP, which has caused some confusion among underwater image makers as to which option to choose. Adam and Alex set out to try and explain the differences between the versions in this episode of Wetpixel Live.
  10. Nikon has released a series of graphics detailing their planned lens release road map for the Z series mirrorless cameras: Of note is the addition of both 60 and 105mm Macro lenses. Still no native fisheye option however...
  11. Over on Wetpixel Live, we present part 2 of Alex Mustard and Adam Hanlon’s discussion about dive gear for underwater photographers. In it, we discuss wetsuits, pockets, drysuits, fins, gloves, and dive computers, with the emphasis boom on what works well for us when capturing images underwater. Please subscribe to the channel to keep abreast of new episodes as they are released.
  12. While we are all photographers, we are also divers. In a 2 part episode of Wetpixel Live, Adam and Alex discuss some ideas about what diving gear works for them, and how they configure their gear in order to try and maximize photographic opportunities. Wetpixel Live is a series of short talks aimed at addressing some of the problems that underwater photographer often experience and to answer questions that recur frequently here on the forums. Please subscribe to the channel to keep abreast of new episodes as they are released.
  13. Wetpixel Live: Strobe Arms and Clamps by Adam Hanlon Friday, July 31st, 2020 edit As underwater photographers, we often get caught up in the exciting gear like cameras, housings, and lenses and end up ignoring the more basic, but equally crucial items. Arguably, one of these is strobe arms and clamps, and in this episode of Wetpixel Live, Alex and Adam discuss their approaches to these more mundane, but very important tools. If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the Wetpixel Live YouTube Channel. This will then notify you when additional episodes are posted in the future. Wetpixel Live is crammed full of hard-edged technical information and practical advice aimed at helping people create memorable images.
  14. It is National Marine Week in the UK and to celebrate this, Adam and Alex share their favorite seal images on Wetpixel Live. Diving with and photographing seals is one of the most fun things you can do underwater, and these iconic creatures are such a feature of UK diving. Wetpixel Live is a YouTube channel devoted to short films helping explain the hard-edged information people need to improve their underwater images. To see more of the channel and to be informed about new releases, please head on over to the channel and subscribe.
  15. The point behind the Nikon and Canon 8-15mm lenses is a good one. We do plan to follow up about it. I think that the advantages of the 8-15mm are that it is a lens that works really well on both full frame and cropped sensor cameras. It's advantages for cropped sensor only, are not as significant. On the D500/7D MkII, the Tokina represents a better focal length and the quality of image that it produces with 24MP or so resolution is quite adequate. If you shoot both full frame and cropped sensor cameras, the 8-15mm lenses are a no brainer.. The Tokina is around half the price too!
  16. Responding to a question posted by a user on the channel, Adam Hanlon and Alex Mustard provide some ideas about using TTL with fast-moving subjects. Their discussion then digresses into a discussion about shooting bigger subjects and when it might be appropriate to use filters to improve color in our images. Wetpixel Live is a series of video episodes, providing answers to common problems experienced by underwater photographers and discussion about topics that are relevant. Please subscribe to the channelto receive notifications when new episodes are added.
  17. With the official release of the Nautical EMWL last week, We decided to make a couple of episodes about bug eye lenses. The first was a round up and historic review of bug eye lenses, along with a general review of what they do. And we then provide a brief primer giving some ideas about how to use them: Enjoy!
  18. I have an adaptor that allows me to use the WACP with my Seacam housings. I primarily use it with my Nikon 28-70, but have done so with a Nikon 18-55 on a D500. It was made by Saga and works with zoom gears no problem. I have used an existing Seacam gear, shimmed out with O rings on the lens body... Adam
  19. So...hypothetically, 4th dive of the day...one set of batteries and playful pod of dolphins arrives and proceeds to interact with your and your buddies. Midway...you run out of strobe batteries. You have just lost the opportunity to capture this "once in a lifetime" experience. Changing batteries and inspecting O rings is the only way to ensure that you do not potentially miss shots. The purpose of lubricating O rings is to prevent them binding. In this instance the binding is caused by them catching on the cap as you screw it down and the extruding. A thin film of lubricant within the cap's sealing surface prevents this from happening. While lubricant does keep O rings supple, this is nothing to do with lubricant being visible on its external surfaces, and can be achieved by periodic (e.g. pre/post trip) greasing. Remember visible O ring grease actually attracts contaminants onto the O ring and can cause leaks.. Lastly, Inon has deliberately designed the caps to be transparent so the O ring is visible and it is possible to visually check it has extruded.
  20. Tribolube 71 is safe with all O-rings! So yes, this includes Ikelite Adam
  21. Most underwater flashguns come with diffusers that can be attached to them to modify their output. When, and when not to use them is the subject of the next episode of Wetpixel Live. Join Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon as he describes what they do and when you should have them on your strobes. Wetpixel Live is a series of short video discussions that aim to help underwater photographers avoid or deal with some of the issues that we often face. Please subscribe to the channel to receive notifications as we add episodes.
  22. For many underwater photographers, Martin Edge's seminal book "The Underwater Photographer" is a definitive text. The latest edition is now shipping, having been delayed by the COVID-19. Adam Hanlon and Alex Mustard, who wrote the book's forward and a chapter, discuss its content and suggest that it is essential reading for all those capturing images underwater. Check out the full review over on the Wetpixel Front Page. If you are enjoying Wetpixel Live, please subscribe to the channel and you will get notifications about new episodes as they are released. Please feel free to let us know if you would like any specific topics to be covered in future episodes.
  23. So...I typically change batteries after most dives. My reasoning for doing so, is that I have no idea of how much charge is left in the batteries after a dive. By changing I reverting to a known charge level and can attempt to ensure that the strobes will work when I am shooting "that" amazing shot. In terms O ring maintenance, I will inspect them every time I open the strobe. I will only clean them or lubricate them if there is dirt on them, or they appear dull. To prevent the O rings binding and extruding when you screw the top on, a thin film of grease on the sealing surface ensure that the O ring is not displaced. I would normally renew this periodically...rather than after every dive.
  24. @Alex_Mustard and Adam Hanlon chat through lens options for cropped sensors and Micro 4/3s cameras underwater:
  25. If you look at the review and the test images in it, it is pretty obvious why the 10-17mm gives poor results on full frame lenses.... I'm not quite sure how they draw their conclusion that it is OK? Adam
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