Scubie Doo wrote:Agreed, nice dialogue regarding photography. I took a different approach to UW photography. I did not take up photography until I started diving. In fact, I did not own a camera until I started diving 5 years ago. I started with a Reef Master Mini and was very frustrated, my shots were terrible, because I could not tell what most of the critters were. About 50 dives later I bought a G10 and was amazed! Not at my talent, but at the fact I could show people what I saw. I went through 250 dives and 2-1/2 years shooting with the G10 and got some nice results. My initial goal was to document the critters I saw and show friends and family the cool things underwater. Once I got strobes (a huge difference), I began to get a bit more artistic and quickly "outgrew" my G10. I wanted crisper shots and more flexibility in my shooting. I have been shooting with the Canon 5d for about 1-1/2 years now and really enjoy it. Now I am trying to get different variations in my shots. However, there are some of my old G10 shots that are still my favorites (as Mr. Bailey mentions). After 4 years of UW photography and photography in general, my philosophy is shoot want you want to. If you want to simply document what you have seen, by the gear that fits your budget and shoot away. If you want to build a website, enter contests, get published, you can with a point and shoot; it will be a little more challenging. But again, get what you can and shoot away.
UW Photography is very difficult by itself. However, you are doing something very few people ever do. A small % of the population dives and an even smaller % takes photos. I love seeing any and all UW photos. I hate hearing people say, "I didn't post my pictures because they aren't good." I say BS. Getting an UW photo that you can recognize is a great feat. I love to see new critters or the excitement of someone who has just posted their first UW pics. Personally, I wish more people posted pics on the site, regardless of how they think they came out. UW Photography is difficult, there are a lot of factors/variables. When I first heard my wife say, "That's an octopus." I was ecstatic. I thought, she recognized the photo :-)
Anyway, happy diving and shooting. I can't wait to see the posts/photos/video from all the cool dives going on this weekend. Off to the San Juan Islands for me :-)
Norris wrote:In my opinion get a cheaper point and shoot to start. Just make sure that it supports macro photography as not having the strobe arms and all, you may want to stick to things you can shoot close up.
Having the cheaper point and shoot with housing also builds on your habits on how to care for something like this..i.e. did I check my oring lately, did I assure that my latches are secure, etc. The mistakes you make on a cheaper alternative might save you down the road.
So don't be discouraged that you want to take pictures but don't have a thousand dollars to throw down on a system. Get something simple and start with macro photography. Those nudis are really very good subjects for up close photography.
Linedog wrote:All I can say is that It's better to have Jeff behind the camera than in front of it.
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