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A 5 step post process workflow for Adobe Photoshop
By Jenna Szerlag

Best Photoshop Tips for Underwater Photography

Jenna Szerlag
A 5 step post process workflow for Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is Adobe’s powerhouse for editing underwater photos. Layering images together for split view composites or designing a new logo from scratch are just a couple of examples of what Photoshop can do. But it's also a breeze to do popular adjustments on your underwater photos from contrast to correcting underwater white balance. Whatever your vision is, the ideas are endless and so are the capabilities of Photoshop! 

 

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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The ten best video lights for underwater videographers in 2020
By Robert Bailey

Best Underwater Video Lights

Best Underwater Video Lights
Robert Bailey
The ten best video lights for underwater videographers in 2020

Choices, choices, and more choices. The team at UWPG have put a list of underwater video lights together that range from budget to high-end cinema lights. Manufacturers of underwater video equipment offer a wide array of options, however with options come questions… 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert has worked professionally on commercial television sets doing production photography, shot modern dance for the art department at the University of Calgary, and has worked in a freelance capacity shooting a variety of subjects. Rob worked as a NAUI scuba instructor, and then instructor trainer for the University of Calgary from 1993-1999. He is still an avid diver, and never dives without a camera. 


He moved to Europe in the late 1990s and now resides in the UK. 

 

Robert has enjoyed success in both national and international underwater photography competitions over the years. As a result his images have been published in national magazines, books, scientific publications, and newspapers in the UK. He’s an active committee member for the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), and the website administrator for the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG). He’s written several articles for national dive magazines, and often gives presentations on his own underwater photography and photographic technique for photographic clubs in the UK. 

 

Robert worked as a technical specialist, and then technical account manager in the IT industry for many years, and now works part time as a photographer, and full time as editor for the Underwater Photography Guide. 

 

You can see more of Robert's work at www.robertbaileyphotography.com

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This month we are ramping up our content production to bring our readers the finest selection of gear picks, tutorials, interviews, post processing workshops around!
By UWPG Editors

May, 2020: A Month of AWESOME Content!

May, 2020: A Month of AWESOME Content!
UWPG Editors
This month we are ramping up our content production to bring our readers the finest selection of gear picks, tutorials, interviews, post processing workshops around!

 

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Our favorite underwater photography tutorials.
By Nirupam Nigam

Top Stay-at-Home Tutorials for Underwater Photography

Top Stay-at-Home Tutorials for Underwater Photography
Nirupam Nigam
Our favorite underwater photography tutorials.

For those that live and breath diving and photography, staying at home doesn't mean an end to our passions! Our gills may be dry, but our virtual dives - whether they're online, in our dreams, or in a good book - can bring just as much adventure, intrigue, and learning. That's why we've decided to compile a list of our favorite underwater photography tutorials.

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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Guide to perfecting taking over-under shots from a world-renowned underwater photographer
By Mark B. Hatter

Mastering the Art of Split Level Photography

Mark B. Hatter
Guide to perfecting taking over-under shots from a world-renowned underwater photographer

Since the early 1990s I had been part of a handful of film shooters specializing in fly fishing photography and was fortunate to have carved a successful niche in the industry giving me assignments around the world to shoot and write stories for a number of different publications.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Hatter has been diving and shooting underwater images since 1980. Although relatively new to underwater photojournalism, Mark has traveled extensively writing and shooting images for fly fishing publications for more than two decades.  His fly fishing images, including multiple cover shots, and feature articles have been published in nearly two dozen magazines titles.   

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An overview of focus lights for underwater photography.
By Robert Bailey

The Best Focus Lights

Top Ten Focus Lights
Robert Bailey
An overview of focus lights for underwater photography.

Let there be light! 

Focus lights serve to make life easier for underwater photographers. This is particularly true when working in low light conditions, or at night when your camera's auto-focus system may struggle to lock onto subjects quickly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert has worked professionally on commercial television sets doing production photography, shot modern dance for the art department at the University of Calgary, and has worked in a freelance capacity shooting a variety of subjects. Rob worked as a NAUI scuba instructor, and then instructor trainer for the University of Calgary from 1993-1999. He is still an avid diver, and never dives without a camera. 


He moved to Europe in the late 1990s and now resides in the UK. 

 

Robert has enjoyed success in both national and international underwater photography competitions over the years. As a result his images have been published in national magazines, books, scientific publications, and newspapers in the UK. He’s an active committee member for the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), and the website administrator for the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG). He’s written several articles for national dive magazines, and often gives presentations on his own underwater photography and photographic technique for photographic clubs in the UK. 

 

Robert worked as a technical specialist, and then technical account manager in the IT industry for many years, and now works part time as a photographer, and full time as editor for the Underwater Photography Guide. 

 

You can see more of Robert's work at www.robertbaileyphotography.com

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Everything you need to know to get sharp, in-focus photos of sea lions when they are moving really fast and coming really close!
By Bryan Chu

Ultimate Guide to Photographing Sea Lions Up Close

Bryan Chu
Everything you need to know to get sharp, in-focus photos of sea lions when they are moving really fast and coming really close!

My first couple of times trying to photograph sea lions, I didn't quite get things right. In fact, I got quite a few things wrong. Fortunately, though, I learned a lot along the way. Now with a lot of experience under my belt, I've put together everything I've learned about how to make the most of any encounters you get with sea lions, or other super fast underwater animals that come really close.

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 @bryan_chu_photography and on his website at www.bryanchu.ca.

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A guide to GoPro's best settings for underwater video, time lapse and time warp
By Jenna Szerlag

Best GoPro Hero 7 and 8 Underwater Settings

Best GoPro Hero 7 and 8 Underwater Settings
Jenna Szerlag
A guide to GoPro's best settings for underwater video, time lapse and time warp

GoPro has added several manual and customizable settings to their latest Hero 7 and Hero 8 action cameras.  Producing professional quality underwater videos with a cinematic feel is now at our fingertips. The 4k 60fps resolution along with the incredible HyperSmooth 2.0 image stabilization features an unsurpassed stable, smooth result.

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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The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

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The Ten Best Cameras for the Underwater Videographer
By Robert Bailey

Best Underwater Video Cameras

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert has worked professionally on commercial television sets doing production photography, shot modern dance for the art department at the University of Calgary, and has worked in a freelance capacity shooting a variety of subjects. Rob worked as a NAUI scuba instructor, and then instructor trainer for the University of Calgary from 1993-1999. He is still an avid diver, and never dives without a camera. 


He moved to Europe in the late 1990s and now resides in the UK. 

 

Robert has enjoyed success in both national and international underwater photography competitions over the years. As a result his images have been published in national magazines, books, scientific publications, and newspapers in the UK. He’s an active committee member for the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), and the website administrator for the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG). He’s written several articles for national dive magazines, and often gives presentations on his own underwater photography and photographic technique for photographic clubs in the UK. 

 

Robert worked as a technical specialist, and then technical account manager in the IT industry for many years, and now works part time as a photographer, and full time as editor for the Underwater Photography Guide. 

 

You can see more of Robert's work at www.robertbaileyphotography.com

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Visit Bluewater Photo & Video for all your underwater photography and video gear. Click, or call the team at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 


The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

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A list of the top ten best cameras for underwater photography
By Robert Bailey

Top Ten Underwater Cameras

Top Ten Cameras Underwater
Robert Bailey
A list of the top ten best cameras for underwater photography

Top Ten Underwater Cameras

When it comes to finding the perfect camera for underwater photography, you can't go wrong in today's marketplace. There was a time in the early era of digital cameras when you got what you paid for - DSLRs were the top marvels of technology on the market, and compact, point-and-shoots resembled toys. But now you can have your cake and eat it too.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert has worked professionally on commercial television sets doing production photography, shot modern dance for the art department at the University of Calgary, and has worked in a freelance capacity shooting a variety of subjects. Rob worked as a NAUI scuba instructor, and then instructor trainer for the University of Calgary from 1993-1999. He is still an avid diver, and never dives without a camera. 


He moved to Europe in the late 1990s and now resides in the UK. 

 

Robert has enjoyed success in both national and international underwater photography competitions over the years. As a result his images have been published in national magazines, books, scientific publications, and newspapers in the UK. He’s an active committee member for the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), and the website administrator for the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG). He’s written several articles for national dive magazines, and often gives presentations on his own underwater photography and photographic technique for photographic clubs in the UK. 

 

Robert worked as a technical specialist, and then technical account manager in the IT industry for many years, and now works part time as a photographer, and full time as editor for the Underwater Photography Guide. 

 

You can see more of Robert's work at www.robertbaileyphotography.com

SUPPORT THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE:

The Best Service & Prices on u/w Photo Gear

 

Visit Bluewater Photo & Video for all your underwater photography and video gear. Click, or call the team at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 


The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


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