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Shooting The Deep Wrecks of Presque Isle with Bradley Sheard
The chilly water off Presque Isle, Michigan is home to a unique aggregation of intact wooden sailing ships, many with masts still standing, resting serenely on the bottom. Hundreds of wrecks have succ...Read More
Socorro Islands and Big Animal Shooting with Michelle Manson
Big fish, mantas, sharks, dolphins and even whales make their home on these islands. You won’t find a hotel or any signs of civilization here. The islands are accessible only by liveaboard boat. I was...Read More
Swimming With The Giants Of Baja with Erick Higuera
Backscatter pro client Erick Higuera shares his stunning footage of amazing animals of Baja and his top shooting techniques.Read More
Rear Curtain Sync - Put motion in your underwater photography
The team here at Backscatter is celebrating recent advances in TTL circuitry for underwater housings. You can read a summary of these new options in our TTL roundup article. Personally, I’m most exc...Read More
How to Assemble an Underwater Camera System - Aluminum Compact
This video tutorial walks you through the assembly of an aluminum compact underwater camera system.Read More
Go Ask Erin - Repositioning Strobes in Post - Lightroom Tutorial
Q: I was lucky enough to get close to a Giant Black Sea Bass, but my lighting is all over the place. Is there a way to even it out in post? A: You're gonna love this one. The Graduated and Radial...Read More
Sunballs - 7 Illuminating Tips to Get Better Shots
Though they are beautiful to see underwater and they add a stunning element to your underwater photos, sun balls can be tricky, as you'll be shooting at the limits of your camera's capabilit...Read More
The Best DSLR Camera Settings for Underwater Photos
Let's face it, while today's DSLR cameras have tons of features and menu items for customization, that can be overwhelming to the new shooter, or to one who makes only a couple of dive trips...Read More
Underwater Camera Equipment Storage - Extend the Life of Your Gear
How should your gear be stored? Wet or dry? Batteries in or out? Here are a few tips that will help you extend the life of your gear, and make sure it's ready to go when you are.Read More
5 Tips For Pro-Looking Photos From Your Compact Camera System
Shooting in RAW, adding a strobe, taking control of your exposure, getting closer, and using macro mode will be discussed in these 5 tips to get professional looking photos from your compact camera sy...Read More
Flying With Your Underwater Camera System – 6 Tips To Ease Travel Stress
Travel is an important part of being a well-rounded underwater photographer or videographer. But the rigors of the road can play hell on sensitive equipment. Here are some tips to get your gear safely...Read More
Strobe Placement & 8 Easy Tips for Lighting with Your Subjects
One of the most frequent underwater photography questions I hear is, "Where do I put my strobes?" While there is no single solution that works for every situation— and rules are meant to be ...Read More
Go Ask Erin - Photoshop: Fixing the pose on an underwater model
Q: My model's pose didn't turn out exactly as I would have liked it. Is there something I can do in post to alter her position?
A: Yes, but you have to go to Photoshop to do it. P...
Underwater Camera Housing Maintenance – Tips to keep your investment safe and running...
Maintenance of O rings is very important to keep your system from experiencing the “F” word, and by the “F” word I mean flood. There is no hard and fast rule on how often they need to be maintained.Read More
Go Ask Erin - Video Editing in Lightroom 5 - Tutorial
Q: I'm a still shooter, but have amassed a bunch of video clips that I have no idea what to do with. I don't want to learn new software just for video. What can I do with video in Lightroom?...Read More
Go Ask Erin - Creating Focus - Lightroom 5 Tutorial
Q: This picture was taken with my old camera gear, but I've never captured as good a pose. How can I perfect this shot? Color? Sharpening?
A: Color and Selective Sharpening will help, ...
Go Ask Erin - Black & White Conversion - Lightroom Tutorial
Q: It was such an exciting moment when I took this shot, but the picture itself looks dull. How can I make it more dramatic?
A: Convert it to Black and White, and knock out the background t...
Go Ask Erin - Content Aware Fill - Photoshop Tutorial
Q: Shoot. I just missed getting the whole gill into the picture. Is there a way to add some room to the edge?
A: You Betcha. Many, many ways. And not all of them pretty. The quickest and ea...
Go Ask Erin - White Balance and Color - Lightroom Tutorial
Q: My Manta shot has funky saturation and color... Where do I start?
A: Start with White Balance and the HSL sliders in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw