Post-Processing

Post-processing articles, tutorials and tips for underwater photography and video, including Lightroom, Photoshop and GoPro Studio.

A step by step guide to removing backscatter from your photos
By Jenna Szerlag

Removing Backscatter with Photoshop’s Content Aware Tool

Jenna Szerlag
A step by step guide to removing backscatter from your photos

Removing particles (i.e., backscatter) from your underwater image can seem like a daunting task.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a long-time Hawaii resident, Jenna moved to Maui in 2002 to pursue her interest in diving. Discovering the beauty of the islands and the desire to show it to the world led Jenna into her passion for nature photography. She pursued her education by attending hands-on workshops and conferences with respected educators mastering the camera topside before taking her photography underwater.  

Jenna enjoys travel and adventure and has recently become a certified Hawaii Marine Naturalist. Her images have been published in Forbes Magazine, Travel and Leisure, calendars and several other publications. She has been a professional contributor for Pacific Stock since 2012, the largest worldwide stock photography agency exclusive to the Hawaii and Asia Pacific Regions. You can find her images at www.jennaszerlag.com and on Instagram @seaofphotos.

 

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Nikon Opens the Doors to ProRes RAW Video Recording in a Partnership with Atomos and the Nikon Z6 and Z7
By Nirupam Nigam

ProRes RAW Now Possible with Nikon Z6/Z7

Nirupam Nigam
Nikon Opens the Doors to ProRes RAW Video Recording in a Partnership with Atomos and the Nikon Z6 and Z7

Full-frame mirrorless. We cannot overemphasize how much of a game changer this format really is. As testified by Sony, Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic – full-frame mirrorless is the future of photography. For video, however, this revolution is even more apparent. And it’s not because of 4K recording. Unlike with DSLRs, video is not an afterthought with mirrorless systems.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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Using lightroom's custom white balance function to make your photos pop
By Bryan Chu

Lightroom Tutorial: Custom White Balance

Bryan Chu
Using lightroom's custom white balance function to make your photos pop

Custom White Balance is an important tool for every underwater photographer when using Lightroom. It does not take very long, but can make a huge difference in your final product. I have put together a demonstration video showing how to use this tool, and three situations where you may find it particularly useful.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bryan is an editor and writer for the Underwater Photography Guide. He loves any activity that takes him out into nature, and is especially fond of multi-day hiking trips, road trips to National Parks, and diving. Any kind of diving. He discovered the joy of underwater photography on a Bluewater trip to the Sea of Cortez and has been hooked ever since. He recently finished a 1-year "radical sabbatical" with his partner Lisa (both of them quit their jobs), which included over 120 dives, mostly in Indonesia and the Philippines. His very favourite underwater experiences include swimming with humpbacks in Moorea, being smashed against the rocks next to marine iguanas in the Galapagos, marvelling at the riotously colourful reefs of Komodo, freezing his hands off under the ice in Greenland, and exploring the never-ending wonders of muck diving in Tulamben and Anilao (where he was a Bluewater photo workshop co-trip leader).

Fortunately, Bryan and Lisa managed to avoid killing each other during their year of traveling together (though at times it came close). Now they are back home in Canada, planning their wedding and doing their best to figure out what they want to be when they grow up. Their main concern at this point is finding a way to not run out of money, while avoiding returning back to their old 9-5  jobs (oil & gas, government). Oh, and also continuing to support their diving and underwater photo/video habits...

You can find more of Bryan's underwater photos on Instagram at @bryandchu and check out his and Lisa's travel and relationship blog at www.bryanandlisa.ca!

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Tips and a fix for shooting macro video with the GoPro Hero 6
By Todd Kortte

GoPro Hero 6: How to Shoot Underwater Macro Video

Todd Kortte
Tips and a fix for shooting macro video with the GoPro Hero 6

Bluewater Rigs trip May 2018 from Todd Kortte on Vimeo.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Todd Kortte is an actor in Hollywood and has a passion for the underwater world.  He brings his experience and knowledge from working on over 150 different shoots in Hollywood to the underwater filming and editing genre.  Todd has published underwater films, has won 8 film festival awards with his underwater work, and is a 3-time winner in the Bluewater Photo SoCal Shootout for the Edited Video category

ALSO BY TODD KORTTE

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Learn how to use the spray can tool to add keywords and metadata to your images

Lightroom Tips & Tricks: The Spray Can Tool

Learn how to use the spray can tool to add keywords and metadata to your images

One of the challenges of keeping your images organized and easy to locate stems from having a well-defined strategy for adding ‘keywords’ and ‘metadata’ to your images. I wanted to share with you one of Lightroom’s most useful tools for quickly adding this information to your images. Getting into the habit of labeling your shots is a worthwhile investment of time and this useful tool should make the work fast and simple.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erik Lukas is an active diver and photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a volunteer scuba diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. You can expect to find Erik diving many of the amazing Pacific Ocean sites of Southern California, camera in hand, at any chance he can get.

See more of his underwater photography on Instagram at SeeUnderSea, or visit his website at www.seeundersea.com

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Make your images pop by fine tuning their tonal range with this quick Lightroom editing technique
By Erik Lukas

Lightroom Tricks: Adjusting Tones using the Histogram

Erik Lukas
Make your images pop by fine tuning their tonal range with this quick Lightroom editing technique

In this article I wanted to share a method I use to adjust the tonal range of my images. As with most things in life, there is usually more than one way to get the result you are after. In Adobe Lightroom that holds true for many of the tasks that photographers use during the image editing process.

What is tonal range? In photography, the tonal range is the spread of values from the lightest to darkest areas of an image, from pure white to solid black, if you will.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erik Lukas is an active diver and photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a volunteer scuba diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. You can expect to find Erik diving many of the amazing Pacific Ocean sites of Southern California, camera in hand, at any chance he can get.

See more of his underwater photography on Instagram at SeeUnderSea, or visit his website at www.seeundersea.com

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Vivid-Pix has released their latest editing software for computer, mobile and tablet, offering 1-click and customized editing tools
By Chino Mendoza

Vivid-Pix Land & Sea 1-click Photo Editing

Chino Mendoza
Vivid-Pix has released their latest editing software for computer, mobile and tablet, offering 1-click and customized editing tools

Vivid-Pix, creator of 1-click underwater photo editing software, has just released new post-processing software that can be used with topside photos as well as underwater photos - Land & Sea.  The Land & Sea software is easy to use and makes photo enhancements with just one click.  It can be downloaded and used on your phone, tablet and computers.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

View Chino's work:  Facebook     |     Instagram

ALSO BY CHINO MENDOZA

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Learn to utilize Lightroom's powerful crop assist tool to create the perfectly framed composition with your subject
By Erik Lukas

Lightroom Tips & Tricks: Crop Image Overlay Tool

Erik Lukas
Learn to utilize Lightroom's powerful crop assist tool to create the perfectly framed composition with your subject

In this article and others to follow I plan to share some of the tricks and tips I use in my Lightroom workflow, and hope that some of them will help you in yours. If you have any interesting tips or tools that you use, please leave a comment at the end of the article.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erik Lukas is an active diver and photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a volunteer scuba diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. You can expect to find Erik diving many of the amazing Pacific Ocean sites of Southern California, camera in hand, at any chance he can get.

See more of his underwater photography on Instagram at SeeUnderSea, or visit his website at www.seeundersea.com

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Step-by-step tutorial on using Adobe Photoshop to add interesting elements to your underwater photos during post-processing
By Brent Durand

Enhancing your Images with Photoshop

Brent Durand
Step-by-step tutorial on using Adobe Photoshop to add interesting elements to your underwater photos during post-processing

I'm very old-school in my approach to photography, striving to get every photo just right in-camera. Each year as I study the work of hundreds of photographers around the world, I'm seeing that heavy post-processing is playing a more and more critical role in turning RAW files into the final images that are published in magazines, on websites and winning photo contests. The bar is being set higher, to the delight of all of us who publish images and work hard to share the best photos possible from the underwater world.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer and story teller from California.

Brent is an avid diver and adventure photographer, and shoots underwater any time he can get hands on a camera system. He can be reached at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

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We explore the pros and cons of using colored filters underwater vs. post-processing
By Brent Durand

Color Filters vs. Post-Processing

Brent Durand
We explore the pros and cons of using colored filters underwater vs. post-processing

Color filters and post-processing are the subject of many conversations with underwater photographers. Which is better? Does it matter if you use a GoPro or even a DSLR? Can you use a filter and then post-process? Is your photo ruined if you make the wrong choice?

Whoa, that's a lot, man! In this article we will explore the pros and cons of both underwater color correction methods and the situations when they are best used.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer and story teller from California.

Brent is an avid diver and adventure photographer, and shoots underwater any time he can get hands on a camera system. He can be reached at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

Follow Underwater Photography Guide on Facebook or Instagram.

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