Hello and welcome to a little piece of my little gallery of photos taken with compact cameras. Some photos are taken with just a Go Pro using natural light, some with simply a compact camera in it’s housing using Underwater Mode or other modes and sometimes using it’s own built-in flash to illuminate the subject. Others are taken using a variety of close-up, wide-angle or fisheye lenses using either natural light or either one or two strobes. Can you guess which have been taken with which equipment? And what do all of these photos have in common – hardly any of them have had any kind of digital editing applied afterwards (those of you who know me personally, know that I always seem to keep too busy to do anything other than save them to my hard drive!). Those which have had a slight visit to Photoshop have simply had a little cropping, a few backscatter blobs removed or maybe a tiny saturation boost, but only if it’s really justified.
Did I shoot with an SLR underwater at all? Absolutely – and flooded it pretty quickly whilst in Gran Cayman when I started out back in 2002. There was no way that I could afford another one and decided to stick with my Olympus 5050 at the time. Over the years I have shot with Sony Cybershots, Olympus SP-350, 5050, TG4, Sealife 1200, a variety of Canon Ixus models as well as the more recent Powershot S95 series. I have also used a Go Pro as well as an iPhone underwater. Lenses wise, I have used a variety of Epoque, Sealife and INON lenses and for lighting, Ikelite, Sea & Sea, INON and a Light & Motion Video Light.
Aside from this, I started out with good old film using a Canon SLR, and for most of my ocean topside and wildlife photos on my www.oceanvisionsphotography.co.uk I took these with a Canon Digital 10 or 20D or a Canon Digital IV Mark 1 at the time. Since then I have used a variety of mirrorless cameras such as Sony’s NEX-5 whilst running a workshop with Nauticam USA as well as an Olympus ELP-3. For my topside work, I shoot with either my iPhone or an Olympus ELP-7.
Currently my underwater shots are taken with an Olympus TG-4 in a Seafrogs Housing using INON lenses and one Strobe.