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Hi All, I'm new here and new to underwater photography though I am professional photographer. I am currently building my first rig in preparation for a dive trip this January. Strobes are all that I need and I am struggling to make a decision. I have a big question. How many divers use TTL? I barely use TTL when I photograph on dry land but I imaging you are always looking for more simplified use underwater. I understand the Ikelite strobes don't use TTL when not paired with an Ikelite housing. Does anyone use Ikelite strobes on non Ikelite housings? I'll take any other information or suggestions anyone would like to share. Can't wait to get underwater!
I have become very interested in underwater photography after seeing amazingly inspiring photos such as these http://bit.ly/20EO0T5 http://bit.ly/1PPRFFH http://bit.ly/1Pe8MBs http://bit.ly/1KUYPqS http://dailym.ai/1Pe9oHi But I also feel like I've all odds against me. I am very afraid of the open sea, I'm a thalassophobe (though I wouldnt mind encountering a dolphin or a a killer whale, but everything else just freaks me out!), I haven't got any professional underwater gear (I own a go pro and a simple Ricoh waterproof camera), I've never ever tried scuba diving or even snorkeling (even though this is on my bucket list!) & I live in the arctic so I have to spend an enormous sum just to travel to a location to be able to do a photoshoot. Contrary to this, I've made up my mind and I really want to try an underwater photoshoot. I've tried to save money so I can travel to a tropic destination where the conditions for underwater photography are better than poor (haha) and I've tried to study, read, and learn. Do you think there's any possibility for me to achieve somewhat okay photos? Or do I need very expensive and professional gear to achieve images as shown in the sample above? Don't be afraid to totally crush my vision, honest opinions are appreciated!