My first underwater camera experience.

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Postby linky » Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:50 am

Hi guys

This is my first post on the site, I hope to learn lots here :)

I just got back from a Trip to Sodwana Bay, South Africa. Very beautiful reefs, but in rougher seas compared to most dive destinations. Spectacular place.

I bought myself my very first camera, and hence these are my very first underwater pics iv ever taken. I would really appreciate some feedback, and comments... as critical as they can get, so I can learn what mistakes I am making and if other people think these photos are good?

All photos were taken with the following:
Fuji Finepix F80 EXR with WP-FXF80. Flash permanently on, Using the built in underwater setting. I unfortunately do not know where to get the Fstop and ISO settings as im still very much a beginner.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/31137258@N ... 890605656/

No photoshop (cos I dont know how :)


Appreciate some feedback
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Postby cyberon » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:54 am

The pictures are not too bad with just the camera built in flash. The slight blue tint of some pictures can be corrected using photoshop or if you want something free, try photoscape. There are some default,one click correction you can try.

The wider type shot would be better done using custom white balance if your camera allows it and just natural lighting.
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Postby linky » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:24 am

Hi Cyberon

Thanks for the feedback, I did learn very quickly how much of a difference a second flash on the left hand side will make, because almost all the pics are only well lit on the right, I tried to use the sun to compensate where I could. I intend to get the Fuji Remora Strobe before my next trip. Im hoping it will do wonders. :)

I must say I have a new found respect for all the underwater photographers out there, it certainly isnt an easy thing, and requires massive amounts of patience and concerntration underwater.
I have read up on lots of tips on this site, and it actually took all 7 days of practice before you even start remembering some of the important techniques.

Im going to try and play with those 24 pics I selected out in photoshop now and see what I can come up with.
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Postby smb2 » Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:31 pm

A very commendable start.
All the large subjects, especially the fish are well exposed and not burned out (except around the grouper), with little back scatter. The smaller subjects need to be shot much closer. You know, the usual: if you think you are, close get closer.
I don't know much about your rig but the sooner you learn how to control the camera and get out of auto, including with the new strobe the happier you will be.
Finally when you are happy with exposure/lighting/subject distance/back scatter then you can start to think about composition, which is where true image making begins.
May sound a little daunting but you are not far off and the practice is always fun.
While dry, really get the camera and manual out and learn what it does.
The Coral Cod/ Grouper and Sabae(?) Clowns are my favorite. The clowns could use a little more light to bring out the color of the anemone and the fish.
Look forward to the second offering.
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Postby linky » Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:05 am

Thanks for the constructive feedback :)

Ill be honest, my entire focus on the last trip was getting the subject in the right position and just trying to make sure I was on the same level and on the right side of the sun etc.
The actual exposure/lighting thing was mostly a second thought, ill try change my mindset and start focusing on those first before playing with the compostion then.

Im definitley going to start playing around and try and figure out manual mode, as the camera does do full manual.
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Postby scottg » Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:51 pm

I think you are off to a great, great start. Good colors, good subjects. you even got some actions shot and behavior. congrats!

Keep it up, you'll be a natural!

Some of the macro subjects you need to get much, much closer to. That' something you can work on right away. Practice first with some flowers, learn how to use the camera's macro mode.

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Postby dons13 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:13 am

wow.. The pictures are great..
When I first used my camera without extra strobe, I've always used the underwater setting and vivid or extra red color setting.. And perhaps there are AV or TV mode on your camera... Maybe you can try that with your camera.. :)
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Postby jadeli89 » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:39 pm

i know south africa is a very good place to shoot some underwater photos but hey, don't you think its better if you could share us some pictures?? hmm :mrgreen:
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Postby linky » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:53 pm

jadeli89 wrote:i know south africa is a very good place to shoot some underwater photos but hey, don't you think its better if you could share us some pictures?? hmm :mrgreen:



Hi Jade

I have posted some pics here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31137258@N ... 890605656/

But cos of flickers limitations (and my laziness to subscribe) there are only a small handful of the pics I took on my holiday.

I have however added a whole bunch to Facebook, and you are more than welcome to check them out there:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... c5909fd9a6
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... d607b29d67
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... 19eddc5eaa
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... 402795ee5a
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... 786d7e5802
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... cdb404e0fe

Those should be public links available to anyone...
(keep in mind im an amateur, and that these are holiday snaps with a entry level compact camera)

South Africa truly is an awesome place, very beautiful.. above water and below, if ever you get a chance to come here I don’t think you would be disappointed :D
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