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  1. Hello all, There are quite a few places and situations where donning a scuba tank is not ideal or even possible, whether for practical, legal (whales in Tonga or French Polynesia for instance), or other various reasons... I was wondering if some people here with experience shooting video on breath-hold might want to share some practical tips on the subject (such as weight, rig setup and securing without a BCD, body positions, how to increase stablity and usable time on a single breath, stable filming near the surface etc...) Personnally I've only done it a few times, but on the surface (feeding mantas in Indonesia and sea lions when I was working in Mexico for instance), and it's definitely something I'd like to be more confortable with - and I will definitely do some freediving training in the future, to try to improve bottom time, comfort and safety. I've found stability is the greatest issue when freediving - difficult to find the same kind of stable platform that a scuba gives (not to mention CCRs...), but this also has a lot to do with technique and proper weighting. When I was doing this I was trying to stay in a horizontal trim, but without a tank it probably makes more sense to go for a vertical position if one is stationary and really neutrally buoyant. I guess my aim now would be to be able to consistently get a confortable and stable 30 seconds to 1.5-minute shot down at depth, 20 metres max. Some ressources/references: I found Alex Lindbloom's recent DPG article on "Freediving Tips for Shooting Photos and Videos" very interesting, as he offers some great technical tips on shooting UW, including video, on breathold: http://www.divephotoguide.com/underwater-photography-special-features/article/freediving-tips-for-shooting-photos-videos/ And here's a breath-hold reel of his: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdu4mtKm6Nc Videographer Julie Gautier is mostly filming on breath-hold (but she was a professional freediver, and a lot of her work is staged...) https://juliegautier.com/ https://monacolife.net/interview-world-freediving-champion-and-film-director-julie-gautier/ https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/2019/04/freedivers-guillaume-nery-julie-gautier-one-breath-around-world/ http://www.panthalassa.org/julie-gautier-freediving-in-poetry/ Along with Fred Buyle (mostly UW photography?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CY9Td57U24 http://www.divephotoguide.com/underwater-photography-special-features/article/interview-freediving-great-whites/ https://www.oceanographicmagazine.com/features/fred-buyle-freediving-photography/ And Behind The Mask is doing something on the subject as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohru9JoR3zQ There's a coupe of much older WetPixel threads that I didn't dare ressurect, here: https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/21764-free-diving-for-shooting-video/&tab=comments#comment-148910 https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14938-freediving-video-still-a-work-in-progress/&tab=comments#comment-101388 Other articles I found are mostly photography related, which makes sense since it's probably a little more accessible on breath-hold than shooting video: http://www.divephotoguide.com/underwater-photography-techniques/article/free-diving-photography/ https://www.freedivewire.com/freediving-photography/ http://thecoraltriangle.com/stories/the-art-of-breath-hold-photography https://www.housingcamera.com/blog/underwater-photography/7-things-learned-becoming-freediving-photographer http://momentum.travel/places/introduction-breath-hold-photography/
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