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I want to encourage the newbies here to get out and fire away with your internal strobes. All of these shots from the Exumas (Caribbean) were taken with an internal strobe, with shutter priority of 1/125 (moving targets). The fairy basslets are the best of about 75 images - that's the digital dogma: shoot, shoot and shoot. This was with a Canon s50, and you can see it is capable of great color rendition and focus.

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I do not claim any of these are great images..but I do agree you can get nice results with a point-n-shoot if you find the sweet spot for the lens. All these images where taken with a Canon Powershot SD700-IS housed in the Canon WP-DC5 case and only using the internal strobe.

 

tell me what you think

 

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-Peter

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I do not claim any of these are great images..but I do agree you can get nice results with a point-n-shoot if you find the sweet spot for the lens. All these images where taken with a Canon Powershot SD700-IS housed in the Canon WP-DC5 case and only using the internal strobe.

 

tell me what you think

 

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-Peter

 

Those are nicely done Peter. I think the Pyg is in the lower left, where there is very good focus. You got the right idea about the sweet spot especially on macro mode.

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All very well done. Peter I loved your shots but the topside canoe shot was NatGeo worthy. Nice capture.

 

Scubaskeeter - I may not of invented spray and pray but I've certainly mastered it. :D

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This is a great thread - really inspiring! You can get some good u/w shots with a p&s with some practice. As said before, you have to learn the sweet spot for the lens and how the camera thinks. Remember to get close. These were taken with a Canon SD800 IS in the Canon WP-DC 9 housing. They have been cropped (some heavily!) and tweaked in iphoto:

 

http://gallery.mac.com/philsokol#100038

 

Shoot away! But be warned - you could get bitten by the bug and then spend all your money on new gear and all your time on wetpixel.

 

BTW Peter, the market canoe shot is really fantastic!

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Loving this thread, here are a couple of shots that I took with a PowerShot S50 as well. And these were taken in cold murky So. Cal waters. :D

 

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Some great shots and I agree you still get some good shot's with a P&S. I took these with my Sea&Sea 5000g about 10 days ago in Phi Phi Island Thailand. They were done with manual WB.

 

 

On this day I was happy to have my P&S as if I had my DSLR then I would have had the wrong lens on for sure so the flexibility of the P&S won on this dive.

 

Spen

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I want to encourage the newbies here to get out and fire away with your internal strobes. All of these shots from the Exumas (Caribbean) were taken with an internal strobe, with shutter priority of 1/125 (moving targets). The fairy basslets are the best of about 75 images - that's the digital dogma: shoot, shoot and shoot. This was with a Canon s50, and you can see it is capable of great color rendition and focus.

fire away

 

 

These shots are really inspiring. I have recently bought a Canon G9 with Ikelite housing for pool portrait photography. ( I'm an absolute beginner ) I thought I would need a strobe so I splashed out and bought a DS 125. I'm finding the internal flash perfectly adequate for outdoor pool shots. Maybe I can use the strobe for ambient lighting?? Any suggestions??

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Nice shots everyone. I have a Oly 350, and I get better shots, most of the time, with the internal flash shut off. When I use the strobe, I seem to wash out the subject with too much light. I have managed to get a few good shots with the strobe, but I think it was more by accident. I am just learning. I have made some decent pictures, at a 100plus ft with no flash at all.

 

Chuck

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Chuck, I don't know if your Oly has this option, but when using the flash close up try turning the exposure compensation down 1/3 or 2/3. That really helped with my Canon p&s.

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Chuck, I don't know if your Oly has this option, but when using the flash close up try turning the exposure compensation down 1/3 or 2/3. That really helped with my Canon p&s.

 

True, exposure comp could help. In addition the Canons actually offer a flash output control, which is useful on close-ups. I'll bet Oly has similar if you read the manual.

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I want to encourage the newbies here to get out and fire away with your internal strobes. All of these shots from the Exumas (Caribbean) were taken with an internal strobe, with shutter priority of 1/125 (moving targets). The fairy basslets are the best of about 75 images - that's the digital dogma: shoot, shoot and shoot. This was with a Canon s50, and you can see it is capable of great color rendition and focus.

fire away

 

To keep you encouraged, a Canon G7 took second place here ==> LAUPS results

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I have recently bought a Canon G9 with Ikelite housing for pool portrait photography.

 

As an owner of both the Canon housing and the Ikelite I'd say the Ikelite is less than ideal for use around and in the pool. Great for diving, but a little big and heavy for use out of water. I use my Canon case around the pool, at the beach, skiing or anywhere I'm concerned about dust or the elements.

 

You may want to consider the OEM case as it is much better suited to that kind of photography ... much lighter and easier to manage topside ... and only $150. If you plan to ever dive with the camera, I'd say keep both ... I own both cases and they have totally different purposes. If you never plan to dive, I'd ebay the Ikelite and buy the Canon case.

 

Here's a good example of a pool shot with the Canon housing:

 

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and another using the internal strobe for fill (with diffuser):

 

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OK here we go - my first photo posts

 

Turks and Caicos March 2008

P+S Canon Ixus 950is with internal strobe only.

 

Falmingo Tongues

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Juvenile Drum

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Neck Crab

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Cheers

 

Hal

 

PS: How do you insert your photos directly into the post like Jeremy has done above? I only have 450Kb per post which means either small photos or multiple posts - H

Edited by Halabriel

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http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=15473

 

Here's how you do it if you host on Flickr per their terms ... There's the *right* way (per Flickr's terms) and the *easy* way ... I'm guilty of using the easy way at times.

 

OK here we go - my first photo posts

 

Turks and Caicos March 2008

P+S Canon Ixus 950is with internal strobe only.

 

Falmingo Tongues

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Juvenile Drum

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Neck Crab

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Cheers

 

Hal

 

PS: How do you insert your photos directly into the post like Jeremy has done above? I only have 450Kb per post which means either small photos or multiple posts - H

 

Are you using the diffuser?

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Yes, the little snap on one that comes with the Canon housing.

Was your lens wide open for the flamingo tongue shot?

 

Looks like there is some slightly uneven lighting from the strobe that may be cause by the port on the housing ... I find that when using the internal flash for close-up stuff that a slight zoom often helps ameliorate that effect.

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Thanks to Jeremy and all the guys on the Using Flickr thread, I have muddled my way through all the code and managed to embed this photo.

 

Yes I see what you mean about the uneven lighting, it is very obvious that the strobe is over on the left. I was hoping that this effect would be banished when I use an external strobe, but I will try a smidgen of zoom next time to see if this helps.

 

Cheers

 

Hal

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Great thread everyone.

 

I'm using an Oly SP-350 in all these shots and they are all in Hawaii. I very rarely use a flash. Also just recently bought a canon xti so as soon as i can afford a housing, it will be all wet!

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/harryhxc/sets...57601105049550/

 

Wow! These are nice pics for a P&S!

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I do not claim any of these are great images..but I do agree you can get nice results with a point-n-shoot if you find the sweet spot for the lens. All these images where taken with a Canon Powershot SD700-IS housed in the Canon WP-DC5 case and only using the internal strobe.

 

tell me what you think

 

Clicky Link

 

-Peter

Wow and double wow. Not only are the pictures wonderful, but you just showed me a way to display my photos which seems to beat all others. That bananr album is incredibly fast in loading the pictures. Never saw anything like it before.

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I was hoping that this effect would be banished when I use an external strobe, but I will try a smidgen of zoom next time to see if this helps.

 

You will not experience this problem with an off-camera strobe ... but when you are using the internal flash for close-up stuff you gotta zoom just a smidge and then you get nice and even light.

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