Diving and Illegal Fishing Don’t Mix

  • Commercial fishing boat, Madeira, illegally fishing the protected waters of Revillagigedo Islands. Roca Partida is shown nearby.
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  • Massive nets of the Madeira tuna seiner.
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Joel and Jen recently returned from their first visit to the Revillagigedo Islands, also known as Socorro, aboard the Solmar V. This is a protected area in the Pacific Ocean, 200+ miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas. Currently, the Revillagigedo Islands are being considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This is a bucket-list dive destination for most avid scuba divers and underwater photographers for the big animal encounters that are possible here. While diving Roca Partida, one of the four of the islands that comprise this archipelago, they DID NOT expect to see a commercial fishing boat setting its nets very near Roca Partida, and well within the protected area that surrounds Revillagigedo. 

Immediately pulling anchor after a dive, the captain of the Solmar V and his crew motored toward the commercial fishing boat, alerting them of their illegal actions. All guests were rightly upset that this brazen, illegal fishing is occurring in a well-known protected area. While there are many socio-economic reasons why this illegal activity continues, if there is hope to preserve our oceans and planet for future generations, this illegal activity must end with those responsible held accountable for their actions.

Editing Tips for Underwater GoPro Videographers on Dive Photo Guide

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The Ultimate Underwater Shooting Guide For GoPro Hero4: Macro Shooting Techniques For Your GoPro Underwater

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The Ultimate Underwater Shooting Guide For GoPro Hero4: Wide-Angle Shooting Techniques For Your GoPro Underwater

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The Ultimate Underwater Shooting Guide for GoPro Hero4: How to Get Amazing Underwater Color with Your GoPro

Just about everyone owns a GoPro, especially scuba divers. More than any other camera model, these small, high definition action cams are underwater and above water, recording the adventures of people world-wide. However, unless you have been shooting underwater for awhile, or know a competent underwater shooter who’ll guide you on what you need to do to get good underwater color, these cameras, without color-correction filters, will provide video and stills that are monochromatic… all blue or all green. While it’s cool to alot of people just to see what goes on underwater, it’s way cooler to see the actual colors of the reefs and the marine and plant life that inhabit them.

In the third article of this series on Dive Photo Guide, we show you the differences between footage without color-correction and with color-correction, and the accessories you’ll need to  get amazing underwater color with YOUR GoPro camera.

Event Coverage for 2015 Digital Shootout Now Live!

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The Ultimate Underwater Shooting Guide for GoPro Hero4: GoPro Out of the Box – Settings and Stability Options

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The Ultimate Underwater Shooting Guide for GoPro Hero4: Which GoPro Hero4 Is Best For Me?

Working with Dive Photo Guide, Joel and Jen are publishing an 8 part series of articles on how to get the best underwater video and stills from your GoPro Hero4. The 1st installment covers the differences between the Hero4 line-up of cameras and recommends which is best for different shooting styles and needs.

Essential Shooting Techniques For The Underwater Videographer Workshop

The Boston Sea Rovers is one of the oldest and most distinguished underwater clubs in America. Founded in 1954, they are dedicated to raising the level of knowledge of the underwater world with an annual event they call a Clinic. This 3 day event is a culmination of gear displays, seminars, workshops and a world-class film festival, showcasing the talents of underwater cinematographers. This year, Joel & Jen are honored to be a part of this rich tradition by teaching a workshop, Essential Shooting Techniques For The Underwater Videographer.

Newmediasoup Now Marketers For Backscatter UW Video & Photo

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