By Julian Cohen

Twelve enthusiastic underwater photographers arrived in Grand Cayman in late January 2009 to attend Alex Mustard's Digital Madness Workshop. There was a complete mix of nationalities and backgrounds. A few Americans, some Brits and a Serb. All came with one aim to improve their photography and to learn something of what makes Alex Mustard such a force in today's world of underwater photography. Alexander Mustard trained and worked as a marine biologist until 2004, but now works full time as a...

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Orca Divers Underwater Photography Competition 2008 Orca Divers, a PADI Scuba Diving School based in Chorlton, UK recently held their 2nd Annual Underwater Photography Competition. The prizes for this annual event, totaling over 2300, included an Inon Wide-Angle Lens and Adapter, Suunto D6 metal diving computer a diving holiday with Emperor Divers, 4th Element Proteus 5mm Wetsuit Mares Origin Sport Airtrim BCD Tusa Mask Fins and Snorkel Atomic Mask and Snorkel PADI Family Gold Diving Society...

By Mark Webster

One of the perennial challenges for most underwater photographers is which lens to choose for a particular dive. This question is posed daily to dive guides at hundreds of locations around the globe and can often be pointless if your guide has no knowledge of photography and the capability of a particular lens. Ideally we need to be familiar with a site and its subjects, which is why returning to a productive location is so attractive even if it is half way round the world from home. This was...

By David Kittos

I am addicted to underwater photography. I admit it. Primary symptoms of my addiction include always complaining that dives aren't long enough and my buddy ascending on their own and then never speaking to me again. It's a pity that being enthusiastic about photography and actually taking good pictures are two different things. For a long time, my pictures were fairly mediocre. Naturally, I blamed my little compact camera and thought about upgrading to a DSLR-based system. Unfortunately, the...

By Maria Munn

Getting into underwater photography is addictive. For those just starting out and looking to buy a compact camera (or perhaps a more advanced underwater photographer looking to buy a back-up to an SLR system), the choice of cameras and accessories is nothing short of overwhelming. Over the next few issues I will be sharing some tips to help you get to grips with the set-up and show how to achieve award-winning results with any kind of compact. The hardest part in getting started is knowing what...

Gillian McDonald

High performance housings for Sony and Panasonic HD cameras I'm hovering 80 feet below the surface thirty miles off the coast of Morehead City, North Carolina. In all directions I'm surrounded by large sharks. There is no other place I would rather be. There are so many sharks below me that I worry about inadvertently kicking one while looking the other way. High above me the largest sharks circle endlessly like jumbo jets hovering over a busy airport. My camera's memory card is packed with a...

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5 Editorial 8 News amp Travel 18 New Products 52 Compact Course 1 66 Cuttlery Draw . . 44 Compact Workshop by P. Mitchell-Jones amp Ted Kinsman 2001 - 2009 PR Productions Publisher Editor Peter Rowlands www.pr-productions.co.uk peter uwpmag.com Look-alike colors do NOT perform alike and here's why Experience demonstrates URPRO Filters1 proven performance cannot be matched by Copy Cat filters with similar colors and lower prices When you have the best underwater color correcting filters...

New Products

Aquatica is proud to introduce its new housing for the Nikon D90 camera. This exciting product is part of a new line of Aquatica underwater camera housings that are designed and built from a solid piece of aluminum to take advantage of the new, smaller and less expensive D90 DSLR camera, making high quality underwater photography and High Definition video more affordable for the recreational diver. Made of precision machined aluminum and anodized to military specification, the new and...