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I am going to shoot an underwater engagement session soon. I would like to have a flash because the pictures have turned out blueish-gray so far during my last session:

http://www.haringphotography.com/blog/enga...-photo-session/

I have Ikelite underwater housing. I was wondering that a housing for my canon 580EX would be enough? What do you think? As you see on the photos, the subjects are not too far from me.

What kind of flash do you recommend which is reasonably priced...????

 

Thanks!

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I'm no expert but if you are only shooting in clear pool water at a couple of feet, there should be plenty of light and little loss of reds. As on land, a flash may help with fill in.

Would have said your bluish grey is more a function of white balance than lack of light. Shoot raw and colour balance in post process.

Subject to composition needs, shoot wide to minimise the column of water between subject and camera.

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To me, if they were much less blue, they would not look underwater!

 

You can also try shooting through a filter, such as a UR-PRO or magic filter, which are meant for clear tropical sea water, usually deeper than 10 feet.

 

Even clear pool water starts taking out reds across the pool.

 

So try shooting from closer to the couple, and then play with the white balance.

 

Good luck, and have fun.

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What do you think? As you see on the photos, the subjects are not too far from me.

 

 

I think much closer would be better. Fun stuff though, have fun with it.

 

Steve

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I think much closer would be better. Fun stuff though, have fun with it.

 

Steve

 

don't you think flash would help?

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don't you think flash would help?

 

The light from the flash will lose twice as much red, as the ambient light illuminating the scene.

 

This is because the strobe light must travel twice as far, having to go to the subject and back again. While the ambient light just needs to travel a foot or 2 from the surface, and then from the subject to your camera..

 

There is no substitute for "getting close, and then get closer".

 

Stobes do not help that much.

 

Are you shooting raw?

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don't you think flash would help?

 

The short answer is that bringing light with you will give you more options. Since you're in Miami, checkout a member here "Loftus" . He's in Winter Park and one the best at shooting models in the pool. His website is here; http://waterworldimages.smugmug.com/ if you'd like to see what's possible when you take a strobe along. http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showt...544&hl=pool

 

Lots of other folks here who do great pool work. James and Cal are two others who come quickly to mind.

 

Cheers,

Steve

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The light from the flash will lose twice as much red, as the ambient light illuminating the scene.

 

This is because the strobe light must travel twice as far, having to go to the subject and back again. While the ambient light just needs to travel a foot or 2 from the surface, and then from the subject to your camera..

 

There is no substitute for "getting close, and then get closer".

 

Stobes do not help that much.

 

Are you shooting raw?

 

Yes, I do!

 

The short answer is that bringing light with you will give you more options. Since you're in Miami, checkout a member here "Loftus" . He's in Winter Park and one the best at shooting models in the pool. His website is here; http://waterworldimages.smugmug.com/ if you'd like to see what's possible when you take a strobe along. http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showt...544&hl=pool

 

Lots of other folks here who do great pool work. James and Cal are two others who come quickly to mind.

 

Cheers,

Steve

 

Steve! You ROCK!

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