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Hello, folks. We're trying to properly identify industry members here at Wetpixel. A lot of industry representatives are browsing these forums; thanksfully, most are careful about what they post because they want to avoid tacky self-promotion.

 

I'd like an explicit label for industry folk who care to identify themselves. We may enable industry-only features in the future, and it will be nice to have a group already formed.

 

So if you're an industry member, please leave a message here or send a message to one of the admins! Be sure to include your full name, so we don't just know you as a Wetpixel handle. ;)

 

We're going to define industry members as:

 

1) you design, manufactur, or sell dive or photo gear

 

2) you work in a dive shop or are a dive instructor

 

3) you are a professional photographer (your own definition -- if you are unsure, please let us know what you have done and we'll make a decision for you)

 

4) you work at a publication in a dive or photo-related area

 

5) you are a marine biologist with interests in underwater photography

 

I'm sure I missed something here, so if you don't fit in any of the above categories and still want to be in the group, go ahead and inform us.

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Hi,

 

Sell occaisional photo (I don't solicit) in my niche (wreck NE US). Orgnize dive trips for local shop on occaision. Regard uW photo as advocation (I'm a woodworker in real life).

 

Hope that serves your purpose in catagrization. Still film. Love site.

 

THanks

 

Joe K

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Jean Bruneau, here at your service, altought not an employee of Aquatica, I help in testing, in technical support and in trade show representation, I do sell some of my work to magazine and teach photography as a full time job in a camera store in Montréal. I refrain from stating the store's name in my post by respect to the housing & camera dealers that are sponsors on this web site.

 

As an industry attached member I pledged earlier on to refrain my post to those that are actually constructive and related to photography and not brand or make of product unless the said post are informative on products made by Aquatica or TLC. This pledge I would like other industry member to adopt, since I am aware of certain silent partners posting and interfering (at least on some other web site) in favor of promotting their own agenda.

 

I feel this web site should remain an informative forum with the spirit of sharing knowledge, not marketing, (the side bars serve this purpose very well).

 

Lastly, I choose to become a member because I am an underwater photographer and has such, I have things I wish to share and thing I wish to learn.

 

Cheers

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Crazy ike, with his no class, no dignity, and completely biased opinions certainly fits your "tacky self-promotion" definition.............

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Oh Dude, I wasn't preocupied about you, you're way above the radar, when you come in, we know, all thats missing is the blazing guns and trumpet ;) , What I'm referring to is under the radar kind off work, comments that direct the user to some directions and endorsment that are supposed to be ... well suffise to say that we as manufacturers are not involved, our products being out of our hand at this point.

 

If you work or are associated in any way with a store, manufacturer or distributor then I think it should be clear to the person reading the post.

 

Beside, the logo attached to your post, sure make's it clear who you are :) , I'll see ya at DEMA, given the chance it be nice to debate the merit of the clear beer bottle versus the aluminium beer can :)

 

Cheers

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If you work or are associated in any way with a store, manufacturer or distributor then I think it should be clear to the person reading the post. 

 

You get the point Jean, this is the main reason fos this topic. Just to enforce Eric's point, we are sure glad you guys contribute so much here! There are several instances that I can think of when I got valuable help from industry members, and somethings can only be solved by people directly involved with housing projects. We just wanted to make sure we identify every industry member as such, so that it is easier for the readers to identify first-hand users opinions.

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Good idea Eric!

 

For those who don't know me, I've been doing design and marketing for the dive and travel industry for almost ten years. I've published CD ROMs and helped to self-publish several books. I do many dive related web sites and a lot of Quicktime VR virtual tours as well as brochure and catalogue design, and trade show booth graphics. I also do underwater photography and sell my images as stock through my own web site and a few through Corbis Images. My clients include many live-aboards, magazines, dive resorts, dive operators, camera and equipment manufacturers, travel agents, photographers, as well as spin-off work from owners of other businesses who happen to know me through diving or referrals. I have also authored the online course "Digital Workflow for the Underwater Photographer" found on www.TheUnderwaterPhotographer.com (see our banner ads) and will be doing more digital workshops in 2006. Yes, I believe I have the best job in the world and I never lose appreciation for what I do! I also love to share my experiences with those enthusiastic to learn from my mistakes. ;)

 

If I have first-hand experience with something or someone mentioned here on Wetpixel, I may pop in now and then and I'll try not to be too biased! I get so much out of all the postings here and find this site to be one of the most valuable resources online for UW photo info and advice for everyone from beginner to pro.

 

Bonnie

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Hi Eric,

 

Please classify me a Underwater Photo & Video Equipment dealer who's proud to be a Wetpixel Sponsor.

 

If it helps here's a company description copied right off of our web site:

 

Underwater Photo-Tech specializes in the Sales & Service of underwater photographic equipment. We manufacture unique Photo Accessories and offer sales of Camera & Housing systems for Digital, Film and Video applications. We are an Authorized Service and Warranty Facility for Nikonos, Fantasea, Subal and Sea & Sea equipment. Underwater Photo-Tech is a Nikon Pro Dealer, Canon Dealer, and an Authorized Sea & Sea Dealer in addition to many other quality manufacturers such as Aquatica, Gates Housings, Light & Motion, Pelican, Porter Case, Subal and Ultralight Arms! We'll soon be adding the Olympus and Inon product lines to our mix.

 

I've done my best to share information and opinions without self promotion and I think my signature cleary shows that I'm respresenting Underwater Photo-Tech.

 

Regards,

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Um I guess most people already know this about me ..

 

1. worked as Instructor for 10 years was mostly a guide / photographer for most of my dive career. Still in watersports but dive for fun and photo now. (Cayman and Australia)

 

2. Have had some photos published but wouldn't consider myself to be prof by any means as it hasn't even begun to pay for what i have paid out to do it.

 

3. Design of Graphics and Websites for some dive companies.

 

4. Underwater Model .. International Renowned for being really really good looking in my blue steel pose ;) Alex has my modelling resume.

 

5. Never made any equipment but have broken lots of it :P

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Hey Everyone,

 

I am a Oceanographic Engineer and own a contract manufacturing company that serves the dive equipment industry among others. I design and manufacture dive equipment for some of the bigger and once thought of as exclsively technical dive equipment companies. Our manufacturing process's are focused on sewn products and as such we produce items such as drysuit undergarments, BC harness's and aircells, gear bags, pockets, CCR counter lungs and cases, a wide range of strap assemblies, etc..

 

Since we produce for a number of dive companies I do not promote any particular brands, or styles of equipment or diving. If asked I would be happy to report on new items that are being introduced as long as it does not compromise any of our non disclosure agreements or steal any of our customers thunder.

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So if you're an industry member, please leave a message here or send a message to one of the admins!  Be sure to include your full name, so we don't just know you as a Wetpixel handle. :P

 

Stephen Frink

 

 

We're going to define industry members as:

 

1) you design, manufactur, or sell dive or photo gear - I am the North American/Caribbean distributor for Seacam; and also proudly sell Ikelite, Sea and Sea, Inon, Aquatica, Light and Motion and others.

 

2) you work in a dive shop or are a dive instructor -No

 

3) you are a professional photographer (your own definition -- if you are unsure, please let us know what you have done and we'll make a decision for you) - Yes.

 

4) you work at a publication in a dive or photo-related area - Director of Photography for Scuba Diving Magazine

 

5) you are a marine biologist with interests in underwater photography - No.

 

I'm sure I missed something here, so if you don't fit in any of the above categories and still want to be in the group, go ahead and inform us.

 

Please see my reply to Eric's questions in quote block above.

Steve

www.stephenfrink.com

www.seacamusa.com

www.waterhousetours.com

www.stephenfrinkcollection.com

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Hi all,

 

I’m a Canadian freelance photojournalist who browses Wetpixel’s forums. I have 25 years of diving experience, of those - 23 years specializing in underwater photography. I contribute regularly to Canada’s Diver Magazine, Northwest Dive News, and my work is also published in other diving publications, travel & lifestyle magazines, books, calendars, and commercial advertisements worldwide.

 

Last year I made the switch to shooting 100% of my work with digital cameras.

 

All the best,

 

Jett

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Hi,

 

I am Michel Gilbert, u/w photo columnist and contributing editor for Diver (Canada) magazine and doing the same thing also for a French Canadian scuba diving magazine named "En profondeur" (litterally into the deep).

 

Besides writing and photographing for those magazines and as a freelancer for other publications in North America and abroad, I also produce multimedia (what we used to call multi-image in the slide show days) presentations, give lectures, workshops and seminars on diving related subjects.

 

Michel Gilbert

www.sub-images.com

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Hi All

 

OK here goes - I'm Paul Kay the importer of SEACAM into Britain and Ireland although I do sell some other underwater photo equipment, mostly secondhand.

 

I am a professional underwater photographer specialising in temperate marine life. I hold a British commercial scuba certificate (HSEPt4), a degree is scientific photography, and an FRPS, and have been taking underwater photos for 25 years. I have had thousands of underwater photos published, and have shot underwater video (for the BBC amongst others).

 

I have been involved in marine conservation since before I could dive. I was originally a member of the Underwater (now Marine) Conservation Society, but I am an underwater naturalist rather than biologist.

 

Any comments I make are I hope based on experience, not commercial bias!!!

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Well given that the Canucks have started showing up, I'll pitch in...(Hi Jett & Michel& Jean!). My dive shop luckily for my wallet considers me an "industry professional" (Thanks, Greg), but often I consider myaself a passionate amateur that's met some great people who occasionally buy my photos for publication, like Scuba Diver, Diver Magazine, and stuff Seapics sells for me from time to time for mags like Blue Planet and Natural History. Gosh it will NEVER pay for a 10th of what I spend, so if anyone thinks it will...think again! It's still a thrill to see your stuff in print, though I'm always still humbled by the likes of Alex, Eric, Mr. Frink and all those that have been inspirational...now if they'd only buy more, I could buy the digital rig...teaching photo to high school kids just doesn't allow SeaCams!

Cheers,

Marli

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I guess I qualify as a professional of the industry, since I've co-authored a book on underwater digital photography, wrote a specialty course on the same topic, regularly contribute to regional dive publications (Asia Pac), and get the occasional free dive trip :P

 

But like Marli, I feel humbled by the pictures of some of the members of this forum and hope to achieve this quality of pictures in the future.

 

Mathieu

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My name is Joe Belanger and I have been diving since 1976 and teaching diving since 1984. I have writtren for many dive magazines, and volunteered my time over the years to the Whale Rescue Unit of southern California and the Boy Scouts of America as an underwater photographer. I worked as a technical diver at Marine Biological Consultants for years performing a multitude of underwater work for the government. I taught diving privately and also for Cal State University Fullerton for 2o years. I have specialized in southern California marine life photography for years and have spoken at many dive and travel expositions on that subject and also about Catalina Island history and diving. Taking the plunge (financially and technically) I have published a book called Catalina Island, All You Need to Know. I currently manage a small publishing company (Roundtable Publishing) as a business, distributing and selling my dive and travel book to the likes of Trident Diving Equipment and Pacific Books...not to mention Sugarloaf Books on Catalina Island. For local Californians, Sports Chalet is my biggest customer.

 

I only jumped from film to digital two years ago, which is why I joined wetpixel. Thus I don't bring much digital technical expertise to this forum but I do bring some degree of photographic and industry experience....it's a nice mix to have. And digital makes it all the more enjoyable.

 

Thank you.

 

Joe Belanger

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Amigos,

 

My name is David Haas and here's some stats:

 

* Diving since 1969, owned a dive store, taught for 14 years retiring from active scuba instruction in 1991 to current day running Haas Photography Inc.

 

* Started with a Kodak 126 camera with FLASHCUBES (!!!!) in an Ikelite housing, progressing through Nikonos models, Canon F1 in Ikelite housing circa 1970s, then Nikon and Canon SLRs until going total digital in 2001.

 

* Ikelite dealer, help test systems in addition to staffing consumer (and DEMA) dive shows.

 

* Organize dive tours for photographers and avid divers alike.

 

* Sell image usages along with some writing. Over the years been in Skin Diver, Sport Diver, DAN's Alert Diver, Old Cousteau publications and multiple non-diving uses.

 

* Biased Mac user and currently Canon, too :P

 

I hope to continue helping new and old digital photographers. Lots of good shooters here to learn from plus industry people who can add to the underwater digital community. Plus some fun banter and humorous writers ;)

 

David Haas

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Hi all.

 

Mauricio Handler here.

Although not an employee of Aquatica, I do have a professional association with them as their Technical Field Advisor. I also liaison all Q&A both tech and creative between consumer and professionals inquiring about Aquatica and TLC product, services and more.

I also test, review and contribute to the developement of Aquatica products and image as a whole.

I am though, primarily, an underwater photographer, uw photography workshops instructor and expedition/trip leader. I publish extensively and lecture and exhibit my work internationally.

 

As long as my bank account is not needed as proof of professional status, I believe I qualify. If on the other hand it is indeed a requirent then I know nothing! and english is my second language.....

 

 

Mauricio

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Hi all,

 

Torben Bohn here,

Manila, Philippines based.

 

I'm the importer of Subal for the Philippines.

 

PADI MSDT, CMAS ** Instructor

CMAS Freediving Instructor (not diving for free....)

Rebreather and Nitrox Instructor etc.

 

Organize trips and logistic locally and inbound for foreign travel agents, groups and productions.

 

Accasionally I'm able to sell some of my pictures direct and via agencies.

 

Sell and service compressors, dive gear, build nitrox membrane systems, customize gas systems for yachts and dive shops in the Philippines and in Micronesia...

 

Cheers from Manila

Torben

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Well, if anyone hasn't figured it out, my name is Mike Veitch..

 

I currently run the Photo/Video department at the Manta Ray Bay Hotel in Yap, Micronesia after more than 5 years as the Photo Pro on Aggressor Liveaboards in Palau 99-02, Fiji briefly in 02, and the first crew in Tahiti from 02-04.

 

I work with different magazines in the way of writing and photography in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. More would be nice...:)

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Greetings Wetpixel,

 

I’m a marine biologist working at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research in St. George’s, Bermuda and am the moderator for Scientific Photography here at Wetpixel. My research focus is cephalopods (octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus). In addition to my normal classes, I teach a summer course on Scientific Photography which has both a strong underwater and strong digital bias. I’ve been dabbling in Stock photography and writing for marine related magazines since 89 and would like to expand and organize this as it gets me away form my desk and back into the water.

 

James

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Ike is what I would call an old-fashioned gentleman.

 

I, on the other hand, am a scurrilous hack. I got to be this way after making enough money as an advertising-film director and photographer, so that I never needed to worry about losing the job as a scurrilous hack. I call it the FO Fund. (If you have enough in it, you can tell people to FO.) Alas, the diving industry has now got used to me. This was the first DEMA when no-one shouted abuse at me nor threatened to sue me. (Life is getting boring!) I relished the days when people shouted "You told the TRUTH and we're not used to that!"

 

Digital photography? I know everything that Paul Kay has told me. I have never been afraid to ask. Computers? Thank goodness my son is a technical engineer in R&D for Yamaha Music and uses a Mac.

 

 

PS I am also Technical Editor and full-time diving-holidaymaker for Diver Magazine in the UK. (Now the tacky ad - see:www.divernet.com)

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Hi all ,

 

I am a compleet newcomer in the sceen I began diveing in 1990 and fist take pics with my oly C3000 in a PC housing ..... caus I am an RC model freak I build my own tray and strobe arms and get in contakt to Matthias Heinrichs in 2001 by adding a stobe to my oly cam ..... I noticed there is no special equipment for the new low kost pc housings comeing from Olympus, Sony and Canon so I changed my profession from a carpenter ( done for about 20 years ) to a manufacturer of special digital uw equipment. Here in Germany I am a well known brand for the Olympus UW photographers . my intention is : nothing is imposible. I am always interested in news and try to get one of the first to test and add new housings fitting to my system . I am a wet and dry diver and I try to optimice my pic quality

to show the coustomers what is posible with the ( my ) equipment.

 

 

Cause of o lot of work to earn money there is less time to dive and my Homelocation is nearly the middle of Germany If you may have a lock at :

( use google earth : 49 42,1398 N / 8 15,2031 E ) I noticed that sometimes a little difference is in placing you have to control the real dates in the GPS dates

 

an nice tool ( toy ) to see all around the world.

 

 

I am planing a english version of my page next year....... a lot of work for one guy

 

Michael Finger ( alias mikedive )

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