For editing all of our still images, we use Adobe Lightroom. It is a powerful and user-friendly software program, especially for underwater photography. Let me digress for a moment… ALL photographers edit their images in post to some degree. Of course, you attempt to hone your craft and shoot good-great images in camera, but sometimes, for whatever numerous reasons, it just doesn’t happen perfectly all the time. In Lightroom, you can adjust your images minimally or significantly, depending on how you saw it, or want to see it.
Earlier today, I was looking at some underwater images taken a couple of years ago. With time, one’s perspective changes, skills improve and so do software programs. Here are some examples of the power of Lightroom. The examples on the left show the original image, very minimally processed. The examples on the right show a huge difference, making one global change to the image only. Not only does it pay-off to occassionally look at those older images with a fresh set of eyes, but also to keep current on skills and software updates!
One of the most attractive things about having a multimedia company is that you can work from anywhere… virtually! All you need is a flexible schedule, a valid passport and a good internet connection! Recently, we were hired for some top secret, time sensitive work that involved scuba diving and underwater photography on Grand Cayman. The conversation went something like this:
Client: “So I know this is really last minute, but can you go?”
Us: “Yes! All the gear hasn’t even been put away yet from our last trip!”
Client: “You’re probably going to need to be in the water diving for 3-4 days. Will that be ok?”
Us: “Sounds horrible, but we think we can manage!”
While we can’t share with you the work we did on Grand Cayman just yet, we can share with you some photos Jen captured while we were there. Enjoy the gallery!
And remember, if you have a project that requires on-site multimedia professionals, our bags can be packed in a flash!
Scuba diving and underwater photography in Papua New Guinea ia an adventure. Scuba diving and underwater photography in the Eastern Fields of Papua New Guinea is an adventurous adventure… think of the theme song to Indiana Jones! The Eastern Fields are approximately 120 nautical miles southwest of Port Moresby, in the northern Coral Sea. These sunken atolls offer the scuba diver an extraordinary experience to explore these reefs, with less than 75 people annually who are fortunate enough to dive these waters aboard the M.V. Golden Dawn. Endless varities of hard corals in garden formations, colorful soft corals, ginormous fans and gorgonians, zillions of reef fish, schools of jacks, barracudas and unicornfish and reef sharks all inhabit these unspoiled, pristine reefs, rich in nutients.
Traveling with our good friends, Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo Joel and I spent 14 nights aboard the M.V. Golden Dawn, who’s captain and crew treated us to spectacular diving, kept us comfotable and well fed for the duration. The daily schedule went something like this: wake up, eat first breakfast (usually coffee, toast, fruit and/or cold cereal), DIVE, eat second breakfast (usually eggs of some sort or pancakes with more coffee), DIVE, eat lunch (soup, salad, sandwich or pasta), nap/relax, soak up some vitamin D, work on post-processing images in the afternoon, DIVE, afternoon snack (freshly baked cake/tart and coffee), optional night DIVE, dinner (simple but tasty meals made each day on the boat), then socializing or early-to-bed to do it all again the next day. Based on individual preferences and what your dive computer would allow, you could dive more or less each day. Diving in the Eastern Fields is not for the recreational diver or the feint of heart. Currents are often very strong, and were often described by our boat mates as “rrrrripping!”. But it’s those currents that provide the rich nutrients to the reefs, keeping the marine life thriving… great images for the underwater photographer to capture in stills or video.
Please be sure to check out our on-line underwater imaging store! New images have just been added. Perfect for the home or office, these images are printed on high quality photo paper, wrapped canvas or high-gloss aluminum, and come in many sizes. Get all your holiday shopping done in one place!
If you like mantas and dolphins, then you’ll like the new images just added to our underwater portfolio, BIG STUFF. Taken during our recent trip to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, the mantas were shot during the Manta Night Dive with our friends, Jack’s Diving Locker; and the dolphins image was shot while kayaking and freediving Kealakekua Bay. Be sure to check out our underwater portfolio section with these new images added to BIG STUFF, as well as all our other galleries.
At this year’s DEMA Show, Joel presented at the Image Resource Center on how to capture great underwater video with compact cameras. Fab turnout with all seats filled!
SDUFEX – San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition has just published its program for 2012. Congratulations to Joel for having his short film, Shoal Of Scad In Bonaire, selected for this prestigious two-day film exhibition! And congratulations to our many friends who have also been selected!
UWPMag, an on-line magazine for underwater photographers, published an article by Joel in their Issue 67. In the article, Joel discusses how he uses the popular GoPro video camera underwater with Magic Filter AND video lights (once thought taboo) with excellent results. Further, he discusses how the GoPro has the capacity to take very good quality still images also using the Magic Filter and video lights. Sometimes it pays to break the rules!