way to dive...
Photos and Video sessions are organised, to take the divers
to dive spots according to what they're searching for. (macro, drop
off, special animals..). Other sessions are organised for initiations
photography / video courses with or without camera renting. (camera
: canon G11 G12, and sea&sea flashes).
With digital pictures, it's really easy to start underwater photo and video. at first, to see the result as soons as having made the picture is a big help. flash or white balance, auto, aperture or manual modes will be so easy for you..
the main advantage of
underwater video / photography, (apart from having some pictures
from your trip..) is that it will show you another way to dive.
Instead of diving and swimming only to see Mr Big Stuff which is
not every day present, Photo / video dive will make you search for little
seaslug, a starfish in a red coral, an hydroid bouquet, a hawk fish
in a gorgonian.. All those little things which will amaze you and
other ones wouldn't have noticed. A photographer / cameraman, is
always doing amazing dives.
Remember diving is not a sport, but an exploration for a naturalist. It's a different
way of thinking. If you don't have any diving computer, we'll provide you one. A
photographer is only staring at the reef, seaching for the little
animal crossing the perfect frame, which is going to make a marvellous
image. Once found, choosing the frame, aperture of the lens, waiting
for the flash to be ready... are the only interresting things. He
doesn't care anymore about bottom time, no deco time... some device
has to do it for him.
Even if it's spectacular, macro photo / video is easier than the wide angle. Turbidity of the water is not as important as for wide
angle pictures, because the subject is really close and the angle
between the lens and the flash is more than 45°. As the subject
is close, it's very easy to send a lot of light on it with the flash.
At last, the frame is concerning a small surface, so it's easy to
find a little environment which can offer a beautiful composition
. The result is often very spectacular because very colored.
A knowledge of reef environment can be useful to have an idea of
the places you can find a special animal which can make a good photo
/ video. It will help to know where to find a ghost pipe fish, pegasus,
stone fish, a porcelain crab in his anemon, the hawk fish in his
gorgonian, the frog fish in his sponge..
A bit more difficult, wide angle photo / video, needs clear water,
perfect surroundings with no died corals, or other inesthetic elements.
Another thing to deal with : fishes movements. The photographer
/ videographer will have to try not to frighten them, or even attract
them with some noises, delicate moves.
Researching subjets for image means to observe very carefully the
reef, which will show the diver plenty of small things he wouldn't
Here's some wide angle pictures with or without divers, then closer, then macro, smaller and smaller