Snooting is mostly removing distracting / unwanted elements, highlighting the theme and subject of an image, so it’s easier to read. As a bonus, in many circumstances, it renders crisper lively colours, as the light isn’t reflected from the background into the subject, but goes straight into it. Underwater, snoots are also a great took for reducing backscatter allowing to shoot in circumstances where normal strobe light would render the images unusable.
So you have a DSLr camera and an “all rounder” kit lens. You get a housing for it and start shooting underwater. After some dives, you feel comfortable with your rig and want to improve your macro results by buying a true macro lens. That’s when you start wondering: which focal distance makes more sense, for a macro lens? 40mm, 60mm, 85mm or 100/105mm ? I’m a Nikon user and been shooting underwater with D7100, D7200 and lately with D810. I personally […]
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I started using SMC-1 roughly two years ago, on a cropped sensor DSLr camera (Nikon D7100 and 7200, afterwards). Once upgrading to full frame (Nikon D810), I missed that extra range, which allowed me to frame these 2 / 3 mm critters, without need for cropping.
However, after making a quick test on land, and a few dives with it, I realise it wasn’t exactly what I expected.
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However a real pro photographer, has overcome that “technique mastering” phase, and uses technique to express something more – a story, but specially an emotion behind the story.
Last week I received SeaLife DC 2000 from Sea Life Indonesia, along with its underwater housing, Sea Dragon Universal Flash, Single Tray, Super Macro Lens, DC Fisheye Wide angle lens (and dock), plus an Ergonomic Grip, a Flex Arm and a cold shoe mount. I’ve been testing it throughout the Northeastern coast of Bali, including Amed, Tulamben and Kubu. At this point I feel like doing a personal review on what I believe the equipment is all about, what […]