Come and Learn About Underwater Camera Equipment And Winning Underwater Photography Techniques
Mike’s Dive Store is the only official INON UK Underwater Photography Academy and INON UK underwater camera retailer in London. Mike’s Dive Store already has two experienced underwater photographers on the staff. Christian Deakin is an INON UK Level One underwater photography instructor and Joe T Bourne is also an accomplished underwater image-maker. Mike’s has long specialised in underwater camera equipment. In the run up to Christmas Mike’s Dive Store will have a special open day where you can learn from INON UK experts about choosing and using underwater cameras and accessories to help you get batter pictures you can be proud of.
On Saturday December 7th Mike’s will have in - store presentations from INON UK’s founders Lisa Collins and Steve Warren. There will also be lots of INON underwater camera equipment to look at from strobes to video lights to lenses and stacks of accessories. Along with specialist one to one advice across the counters from Lisa and Steve and some very special promotional deals, there are also talks to help explain the ins and outs of choosing underwater camera equipment that will be especially helpful if you are new to underwater photography.
The three talks are about selecting underwater strobes and video lights, choosing lenses and winning composition skills.
Selecting Underwater Strobes and Video Lights
For many types of underwater photography using additional lighting is a must. It’s used to light up subjects at night, in caverns and wrecks or under overhangs. It is used creatively to emphasise textures or add points of interest. And, most of all, it is used to put vibrant colours back into your underwater pictures. But there are so many underwater strobes to choose from with lots of often confusing features, making a choice can seem very complicated. Which features and benefits are going to be important to you? Would you be better off with a video light instead? How do you even aim it properly to prevent backscatter? Do you actually need two lights?
Steve Warren is both a stills photographer and sometime professional cameraman. Just back from lighting a complicated night sequence for TV, he can explain the desirable features to look for in strobes and video lights and give you the knowledge to make informed choices about which lighting is best for you.
The wealth of subjects we see underwater range from the largest whales to the tiniest crustaceans. Visibility may stretch to over 60m, but can be barely centimetres. It is asking a lot – too much in fact – for any camera to capture all that we experience on our dives and would wish to share with others. The solution is to choose accessory lenses that best match our subjects and likely visibility. Compact camera users and some mirrorless camera owners enjoy the huge benefits of being able to use wet lenses – like INON’s range – which can be changed underwater. This lets you react to whatever you see and be opportunistic and provides the flexibility to photograph a wreck vista one moment and a frame filling photograph of a tiny nudibranch on its deck seconds later.
In this talk, Steve will explain the roles different lenses play for different types of subjects. He’ll also cut through some of the jargon and misinformation that surrounds this subject and leads people to make expensive buying mistakes, which lead to disappointing images.
Owning the best equipment and diving the best photo destinations won’t help you make great pictures if you don’t follow a few simple rules of composition. Learning to see a picture is a skill anyone can acquire. But, for underwater photographers, this is the subject many underwater photography instructors avoid! So it is hard to learn this essential skills set from others. For Lisa Collins, shooting winning compositions is all part of her job. As a photo – journalist shooting main features for Diver Magazine she has to be able to arrive at a destination she’s never been to before and shoot images that not only reveal the signature species and locations of that location, but look great to.
Come along on Sat the 7th of Dec to answer all those questions you have been accumulating over the years! And maybe even to buy something either for your buddy or perhaps an early Christmas present for yourself!!