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Old 05-09-2011, 14:34   #1 (permalink)
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Question Noob help please! - (underwater) macro pics

Hi all,
I'm new to the site (and to photography) so please excuse any ignorance! I just had a few questions regarding getting better at underwater macro shots.
Firstly please can anyone advise if the concept of underwater photography is the same as on land in terms of macro shots. Obviously tripods are out of the question but does lack of light mean a difference in techinique or does a strobe make that irrelevant? Also would two strobes be much more beneficial than one and do they need diffusers?
Secondly as the underwater housing is bulky and a bit fiddly, is there a setting other than manual (eg shutter speed mode) that would have minimal impact on the quality of pictures but make shooting in slightly more awkward conditions easier?
Finally I have a 14-45mm zoom with a couple of cheap macro attachments. As its only entry level stuff I'm not expecting miracles but is this adequate to provide decent results?
Any help on any of the above, or general tips/advice on photography for beginners would be much appreciated!

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Re: Noob help please! - (underwater) macro pics

Welcome to Pixalo Winky84

We have a few members who do underwater photography, but I don't know if doing underwater macro is viable. Macro is difficult on land, and with the lack of light and the other issues, I doubt it is possible.

If you continue with this project, you will probably be the one to give others advice!

I have removed your other identical post.
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Re: Noob help please! - (underwater) macro pics

What is it that you are trying to capture?

Are you using the kit whilst scuba diving?
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What is it that you are trying to capture?

Are you using the kit whilst scuba diving?
Hi there, yes it's while diving. I've tried diving down snorkelling but its hard to get steady enough to take a decent shot!
It's for things like Nudibranchs, little shrimps etc. Range in size from thumb size to smaller than a fingernail really but quite colourful. The strobes are quite important as the colour is lost at depth but as the housing is quite big it needs to be well dispersed...
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welcome tothe site, i think Jag and kenhawk are the two main divers here, they are not on that often but try popping them a PM maybe?
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welcome tothe site, i think Jag and kenhawk are the two main divers here, they are not on that often but try popping them a PM maybe?
Thanks, I'll give that a go!
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