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Raja Ampat in Indonesia, has always held a lot of fascination for me. Customers on their way there, or just back, were awestruck by the area. "Best in the diving in the world!" they'd say, but having dove for many years, I've heard that beforeā€¦ After several days of long flights and airline frustrations, I was on the Damai II steaming down the straits in Raja, after a wonderful late-afternoon dive full of vibrant undersea life by Batanta Island, I was getting a massage, drinking a Bintang beer, and enjoying the sunset. I reflected that all of these divers' comments were right! It was pretty hard to beat!...Read More...

Now there's 10 new FREE downloadable .pdf handbooks in our series; "Basic Guides to Better Underwater Photography". The Choosing Cameras & Housings Handbook is a great place to start. Deciding on an underwater photography system to buy doesn't have to be a bewildering experience. Knowing the basic characteristics and classes of cameras and housings can help organize your choices. Download it, and all our other free Handbooks today in the Resource Center!


Optical Ocean Sales has configured a great Quality Macro Package for the Canon 7D MKII Camera. This includes a Nauticam housing, macro port, vacuum valve, Big Blue 1800 Lumen focus/video light and a powerful Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobe with arm and sync cable. This is the perfect system to start out shooting with the 7D Mark II DSLR underwater, you can easily add a second strobe and wide angle port later on. The Nauticam NA-7DMKII is the most refined Nauticam SLR housing to date. Every camera function is made easier by careful thought and design, aided by input from underwater photographers who will actually use this camera. The NA-7DMKII represents the ideal example of current Nauticam housing design. Latches, port locking lever, multi-selector pad, viewfinders and vacuum leak detection system are all standard.
 
We've added an exciting underwater photo expedition for 2017 to the Komodo Islands in Indonesia on the luxurious Damai I liveaboard. Upwelling of nutrient-rich water from deeper areas is responsible for a rich reef ecosystem and incredible species diversity. The variety of marine life that you can see in Komodo rivals any of the world's best dive destinations. Read More...
Macro photos consume a lot of light. Underwater photographers have long struggled to get their camera housings with two strobes into tight spaces, or get the lights positioned close enough to the front of the lens. Ring lights take care of many of these difficulties, and are fast and easy to shoot. Read More...
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a highly customizable camera. This article will give you a starting point for setting up your E-M1 for underwater use. Read More...