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Why do I need a lighting system?

That might seem like a silly question, but it is not always obvious to people what factors are involved in determining how much lighting they need. There are a few things that determine the amount of color saturation and image clarity in underwater photography: depth, ambient light, and water clarity. By adding to the available natural light, you'll be able to improve the color saturation, sharpness and clarity of your photos. Read More...
One of 5 new FREE downloadable .pdf handbooks in our series; "Basic Guides to Better Underwater Photography", Starting Concepts shows you many simple tips and techniques with example photos that are easy to follow. Basic techniques like getting close, shooting up, along with simple compositon and lighting concepts are also shown. Download it and all our other free guides today! Read More...

Olympus OMD EM1 m4/3rds camera now available. Housings from Nauticam, Aquatica and Olympus are either in-stock or expected very shortly. The new EM1 has a greatly improved magnesium metal construction, 5 axis image stabilization, bright viewfinder and extensive menu and custiomizations available. DP Review said "If you want to feel like you're shooting with a DSLR, but still want the size and agility of a mirrorless camera, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option than the E-M1." See these new housings and systems in our Mirrorless Housings section and Mirrorless Systems sections today. Aquatica and Nauticam housings also feature the new Vacuum Check leak detection system for worry-free diving.
 
No subject scares underwater photographers more than having an expensive housed camera turn into an aquarium. Even a bit of water can turn electronics into a corroded mess.

Here are a few general tips on maintenance that should help you avoid finding Nemo in your housing. Read More...
Twenty-one underwater photographers boarded the Solmar V dive boat in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, expecting to steam the next 25 hours to the Socorros, 250 miles offshore. Alas, "Amanda" had other ideas. Having built up to a Category 4 Hurricane, Amanda was an early violent storm a few hundred miles south of Socorro Island and heading straight for the area we were to dive. Needless to say, the Captain told me that we had to make a big change and head north into the Sea of Cortez. This would be a great opportunity to re-explore it from the comfort of a large live-aboard. Read More...