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    Panasonic GH5
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  1. Another point that is often overlooked when it comes to shooting with ambient light underwater is the kelvin range capabilities of various cameras. Without going into too much detail, the kelvin range is what determines the level of color accuracy you can expect at a base level. For example, the correct kelvin reading at say 10 meters depth might be about 15.000K. But most compact & action cameras will be capped at 8-15.000K. (Most mirrorless/DSLR will have a range hitting 50.000 or so). So for heading down deeper, using a camera with a limited kelvin range, coupled with a smaller sensor, makes for difficulties with color. That's not to say you can't get better results using filters, but the very base output of the camera will always be a limiting factor the deeper you go. As for how deep you can take your particular setup at the location you most often dive, depends on many other factors such as average visibility, water hue & light intensity from the sun. Best thing to do is to just go out and experiment. White balance at 20 meters and look at the footage you get from your camera and how it matches up with reality. If it looks washed out or colorless, you know the limitations of your setup. But understand that all the above factors plays in, and on a super clear day it might perform differently at the same depth.
  2. Hi Chris Definitely do a custom white balance with the red filter on for the most accurate results possible with your camera. But if you shoot anything with video lights, make sure to remove the red filter and use either automatic white balance or do a custom white balance with the lights on. Good luck!
  3. I sure do. find my work on here: https://www.instagram.com/aquatic_images/ Mostly underwater video from Thailand & Myanmar
  4. Thank ylu, I'm very glad you enjoyed it! Sadly yes, finding the original version of Oceans is hard. I bought it on DVD when I was still living in Europe. Also if you look in the description of the video there's all the links I could find to the various docus, like where to watch them or buy them
  5. Thanks Davide Yeah, I agree with you on US vs EU storytelling. Seems to me that US docus have to tiptoe more and be more appropriate for lower age groups, although there are plenty of exceptions to the rule. And thanks for the tip, I will check out Ballesta
  6. Hi Divers Sadly we can't dive in Thailand these days and I miss it badly. But it's given me time to do something I've wanted to do for a long time, to rewatch and rank my favourite underwater documentaries. So I made a video about my top 10 favourites. What's your favourite? Check out my video:
  7. It's got lots of beautiful dive sites, and many that are not really talked about online but well worth the visit. Most people come for the Similan liveaboards or diving around Phi Phi or Koh Tao, and while all that is really great diving there's loads more slowly being discovered and developed
  8. For fisheye crop lenses yes, the Tokina 10-17 is the most popular one. I use the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 however, and they just released a new, slightly improved version of it too. They also make 11-20mm f2.8 and are releasing a new version of this lens too which I might pick up. These lenses are not fisheye lenses though, so depends on the look you are going for. For video, it's an amazing wide lens.
  9. It all depends on what you are trying to create, what story you are looking to tell. Which shots will go best with your ideas and how those shots will work with your color idea. I genuinely don't have a particular preference on color, as long as they are complimentary to the images and story. And yes I like this, choosing few colors for wrecks that don't have much coral growth works well
  10. I disagree Color always matters. It can help set the mood or tone for a video. That doesn't mean it has to contain lots of colours, but it can still be used creatively. Even the absence of colours can be a creative choice.
  11. I actually made a video not long ago of my favorite underwater instagram accounts (Not well known ones). Some truly inspirational UW videographers and photographers. Go check it out if you want to get inspired
  12. I shoot mostly with ambient light on a Panasonic GH5 My method: Resolution & frame rate: Mostly at 4K 50p (8 bit) Always in Manual Mode for video Picture profile set to Vivid. I find it helps marginally with better saturated colors Also, always with a well adjusted manual white balance ofc Shutter locked at 180 degrees ISO set at its lowest possible value. I live in the tropics and shoot around here, so mostly set at 200. Aperture is the biggest variable and this is where I do most of minor corrections through a dive. I mainly shoot with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 (wide) and Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 (wide/zoom). Both of these lenses adapted to GH5 with Metabones Ultra. They are sharpest at f4 for Tokina & f5.6 for Sigma so for general shots I try to keep them close to there, or if I'm going for shallow dof I try to adjust. I also use an Olympus 60mm f2.8 for macro, but mostly with artificial lights. You can watch some of my work here:
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