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My First Diving Video - Honest Criticism Wanted

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I have been a photographer and videograher for a number of years now and it was just recently that I discovered underwater shooting. I went for my first dive in Mexico (Cancun side) and one of the dive masters brought a camera with him. It was just a simple handy cam in an older ikelite housing, but one look at the footage it produced and I was hooked. I was able to obtain a copy of the footage and created my first dive video (of course giving due credit to the Filmer). Bearing in mind that i did not shoot any of the underwater footage (merely edited it) can you give me any pointers as to what I can improve?

 

For the next one I do I am looking into getting an enclosure for my current camera so that I can produce the entire video myself, but in the meantime I would like to learn the dos and don'ts of underwater videography. Thanks in advance for any feedback!

 

Filmed by myself and Javier Iturrieta

 

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Very good first effort, it definitely gives a feel of the place and the diving. Something that I noticed is that many of the scenes were shot from further away from the subject than I would like. I think that if the filmer had been closer in that it would have been a bit more effective. Nice smooth editing, though.

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While I like the video, the first Don't I will pass along is Don't take any type of camera underwater until you become a competent diver with your buoyancy totally under control. As a new diver you don't need a camera to think about.

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