Dome Ports: Acrylic vs Glass

Dome Ports: Acrylic vs Glass

Jun 17

Dome Port Basics As anyone who has used a dome port is probably aware, they are notoriously prone to scratching. So why even use one in the first place, when a flat port is much easier to care for? Optics, optics, optics. Flat ports magnify images underwater by about 30%, due to light refraction. This is why things look larger underwater than they really are – because scuba masks are...

Why You Should Use a Fisheye Lens for Wide Angle

Why You Should Use a Fisheye Lens for Wide Angle

Jun 03

I shoot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 in a Nauticam E-M1 Mark II housing, and whenever I am shooting wide angle I use the Olympus 8mm f/1.8 fisheye lens. I run into a lot of people who either don’t use a fisheye lens at all, or who think it is a specialty lens that you only use for big things like mantas, whale sharks or humpbacks. Yes, fisheye lenses are definitely the best for giant subjects...

Flash Triggers & Underwater Strobes

Flash Triggers & Underwater Strobes

May 25

A discussion on Flash Triggers, and the different ways to fire strobes Today I want to talk about flash triggers, TTL, and a little history of how photographers used to fire their strobes underwater. Back in the day, to fire strobes quickly you needed an electronic sync cord, which went from your camera hot shoe, through a hole in the housing called a “bulkhead”, to your strobe. Sync...

When Necessity is the Mother of Invention

When Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Jun 29

When Necessity is the Mother of Invention – By Erik Lukas I’ve always been sort of a do-it-myself type of person…and I love the challenge of finding a good solution to a problem. Such was the case recently after a recent macro ​photo workshop in Anilao, Philippines​ where I shot extensively with my ​Reefnet Fiber Optic snoot​. I discovered two issues that I felt needed some...

One of My Favorite Underwater Photography Accessories – the AO Cooler Bag

One of My Favorite Underwater Photography Accessories – the AO Cooler Bag

Jun 07

One thing that does not get talked about much, but is very important for an underwater photographer, is the bag or bags used to transport and keep your gear safe while traveling. Every experienced underwater photographer seems to have their favorite, but I want to convince you that you should think about the one that I use! I shoot an Olympus OM-D E-M1, with Nauticam housing, ultralight arms and...

First look at the Kraken Sports Float Arms

First look at the Kraken Sports Float Arms

Jun 01

Kraken Sports Float Arms – Nick Lawrence As a underwater photographer, we all struggle with buoyancy on our camera rigs. Lets be honest, we either have it too negative or too positive. It is rare that we get our camera at a complete neutral buoyancy while diving. Well, on my recent dive trip, I finally got the perfect neutral buoyancy. I was using four of the new Kraken carbon fiber float...

“Snoot is life” – A first time snooters experience

“Snoot is life” – A first time snooters experience

May 14

Snoot is life – By Tommy Stylski My initial experience with a snoot was during our Bluewater Photo workshop in Anilao, Philippines earlier this month. I completely dismissed the idea at first, I thought it was just another gimmick accessory my trusted underwater photo store was trying to sell me on 😉 I wanted nothing to do with it. I felt as if I was capable with strobe positions and...

First look at the KRL-05S Macro Diopter Lens

First look at the KRL-05S Macro Diopter Lens

May 11

Diopter impressions – by Erik Lukas On a recent trip to Anilao in the Philippines to lead the Bluewater Photo Macro workshops I was given the new Kraken KRL-05S macro lens. I was more than excited to give the lens a try while shooting the small stuff, and Anilao is the perfect location. My macro setup includes the Canon 5D Mark III with the Canon 100mm f2.8/L lens. My most commonly used...

In Search of the World’s Ugliest Fish

In Search of the World’s Ugliest Fish

Apr 18

Perhaps one of the oldest and greatest traditions of ocean-going folk is to debate which of the ocean’s vast selection of odd-ball creatures is the ugliest. In the Pacific Northwest, however, the debate has long been put to rest – everyone agrees that the world’s ugliest fish is the wolf eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus). Known fondly by divers as “wolfies,” wolf eels are the second most...

Sea & Sea Nikon D850 Quick Review

Sea & Sea Nikon D850 Quick Review

Apr 13

After collecting opinions from a number of underwater photographers/ the sales staff of Bluewater Photo, I’ve composed all of the ‘top benefits’ to the new Sea & Sea Nikon D850 Housing.   Take a look at some of the main points I found to be consistently mentioned:     Overall Design The housing for the D850 is lighter then it’s predecessor, the Sea...