Dive, Focus & Video Lights

Detailed reviews of dive, focus and video lights for underwater photo and video. These reviews include specs, key features and light comparisons with other popular lights.

The Sola Video Pro Lights offer 12,000 and 15,000 lumens of output, a 110 degree beam angle, and burn times reaching 15 hours!
By Nirupam Nigam

Sola Video Pro Lights Initial Thoughts

Nirupam Nigam
The Sola Video Pro Lights offer 12,000 and 15,000 lumens of output, a 110 degree beam angle, and burn times reaching 15 hours!

In recent weeks, Light & Motion announced two lights – the Sola Video Pro 12,000 and Sola Video Pro 15,000 – that are very exciting for underwater videographers and anyone who needs a ludicrous amount of light in a small package. At a first glance they are quite impressive and will certainly sit at the forefront of the industry.

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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Robust, reliable video lights with warm colors, a wide beam angle, and nice even lighting
By Bryan Chu

Sealife Sea Dragon 2000 Lumen Video Light Review

Bryan Chu
Robust, reliable video lights with warm colors, a wide beam angle, and nice even lighting

One thing I have learned from my forays into underwater video is that video lights are essential. Sure, a better underwater video camera will output better video, but it doesn't matter what kind of camera you're using if you don't have good lighting. Without lights, everything looks flat and blue. With lights, colors pop, textures, and depth emerge...it's like seeing the underwater world with a whole new set of eyes.

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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The LitraTorch 2.0 video light and Paralenz Dive Camera make an excellent pairing for underwater timelapse and video
By Nirupam Nigam

Litra and Paralenz Underwater Timelapse and Video

Nirupam Nigam
The LitraTorch 2.0 video light and Paralenz Dive Camera make an excellent pairing for underwater timelapse and video

Litra is known for topside pocket-sized studio lighting contraptions. So when I received a LitraTorch 2.0 photo and video light in the mail, I was a little taken aback by the design. It didn’t look like any video light I had every taken underwater. But ten minutes into my first dive with the LitraTorch 2.0, I was blown away by the Litra’s adaptability to the ocean. I’ve never seen so much power coming from a little 3 ounce box. 

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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Bluewater Photo Designs a Custom Focus Light Manufactured by Kraken Sports
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Bluewater Photo 1000 Lumen Focus Light

UWPG Editors
Bluewater Photo Designs a Custom Focus Light Manufactured by Kraken Sports

Focus lights are an often-overlooked piece of equipment that can make a huge difference in your underwater photography. A great focus light allows you to obtain sharp focus and quick autofocus with your camera, even in dark or nighttime conditions, while also being compact, light, easy-to-use, reliable and affordable. 

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A compact, lightweight, and versatile option for macro and wide-angle video and photos
By Nirupam Nigam

Kraken Hydra 2500 Macro Light Review

Nirupam Nigam
A compact, lightweight, and versatile option for macro and wide-angle video and photos

In recent years, Kraken Sports has established itself at the forefront of underwater lighting. Catering to divers from all walks of life and all sides of the hobby, Kraken produces lights for underwater videographers, photographers, blackwater divers, macro divers, wide-angle divers, and anyone in between. Though marketed as a “macro” light, the Kraken Hydra 2500 Macro is as versatile as its manufacturer. 

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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Kraken Sports comes out with two new additions to their acclaimed Hydra lights! - the Hydra 5000+ and the Hydra 1000+
By Matthew Sullivan and Nirupam Nigam

New and Improved Kraken Sports Hydra Lights

Matthew Sullivan and Nirupam Nigam
Kraken Sports comes out with two new additions to their acclaimed Hydra lights! - the Hydra 5000+ and the Hydra 1000+

Kraken Sports Hydra 5000+

Initial Thoughts

Kraken has announced the updated version to their popular 5000 lumen video light, the Kraken Hydra 5000+! The light is solid, extremely well built, and easy to use. It functions the same as the original in terms of buttons and modes. There are three different power settings on white light, three different settings on red light, an SOS mode, and UV mode.

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Announcing the new Kraken Weefine Ring Light 3000 – everything we loved about the original and more!
By Erik Lukas

Kraken Weefine Ring Light 3000 Review

The Kraken Weefine Ring Light 3000
Erik Lukas
Announcing the new Kraken Weefine Ring Light 3000 – everything we loved about the original and more!

What happens when a company takes a good product and adds new features and functionality? We get a better product that delivers new utility and creative potential.

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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Review of the compact and bright Kraken ring light for macro and supermacro underwater photography
By Erik Lukas

Kraken Sports Weefine Ring Light Review

Erik Lukas
Review of the compact and bright Kraken ring light for macro and supermacro underwater photography

When choosing a lighting system for underwater photography or video, aside from available sunlight, there are two types of lights that we have to choose from; strobes or constant lighting. Within these two categories there are numerous choices ranging from budget friendly to professional caliber lighting systems.

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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3,000 lumens, fast charging and small size – we review the Sola Video 3000
By Brent Durand

Light & Motion Sola Video 3000 F Light Review

Brent Durand
3,000 lumens, fast charging and small size – we review the Sola Video 3000

 

Light & Motion Sola Video 3000 F Light Review


3,000 lumens, fast charging and small size – we review the Sola Video 3000

By Brent Durand

light & motion sola video 3000 review

 

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5,000 lumens, remote trigger and more... testing the Venom 50 for macro & wide-angle video in Anilao
By Brent Durand

I-Torch Venom 50 Video Light Review

I-Torch Venom 50 Video Light Review
Brent Durand
5,000 lumens, remote trigger and more... testing the Venom 50 for macro & wide-angle video in Anilao

Powerful lights are essential for serious underwater videographers. There are many brands making great lights at every price point and lumen level you can imagine. Some are best for cameras like the GoPro Hero4, while others are best for compact shooters who want a combo between focus and video light, while still others boast lumen counts to make the pros start drooling… at least until they see the pricetags.

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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