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Infinity Bay Spa & Beach Resort - Roatan - DEMA 2020 Special

Roatan - Bay Islands, Honduras

Infinity Bay Spa & Beach Resort

DEMA 2020 Special

Are you as tried of winter as we are...? Roatan is a quick flight and we have a special that will take the chill off and get rid of the winter blues...!

7 Nights accommodation in a deluxe one bedroom garden view room, 15 boat dives (5 days, 3 tanks per day), nitrox, unlimited shore dives, and airport transfers. Meals not included.

$1,311 per person / double occupancy 

Quick Underwater Photo Tips by Brandi Mueller

Quick Underwater Photo Tips
by
Professional Photographer Brandi Mueller




Underwater photographers not only get to visit the underwater world, but bring back beautiful images!

Most of us don’t get to dive every day (especially since the Covid-19 pandemic). Like athletes, the best way to get better at something is to do it consistently, but in reality, most underwater photographers find themselves dusting off that camera gear only once or twice a year. So what’s the best way to get back into top underwater photographer shape before and during your dive trip? Here are some tips:

 

1.     Have an Underwater Photography Gear List 

It is hard to remember everything and I find on most dive trips I remember some adapter or spare part (or sometimes a big thing like a lens or a cord) that I wish I would had brought. To help prevent this, I have a packing list that I add to whenever I’m diving. That way, if it’s been a while since I’ve been underwater with my camera I can go through the list and make sure I packed all the little bits (and big bits) that might have been easily forgotten. Do this several weeks before your trip, take everything out and make sure you have everything. Check it over to make sure nothing needs to be serviced and it’s a good idea to do a dip test in a bathtub or sink. (You don’t want to find out your O-rings dried up the night before your flight to Indonesia departs.) Usually, everything is just fine, but sometimes this can help catch your problem while there’s still time to fix it.




Having a gear list will help prevent you from forgetting important things!


2.     Be Respectful and a Good Diver

Don’t be “that guy.” Even though you are taking photos, diving still comes first. Make sure you are practicing good buoyancy and that you are not sitting on the bottom or injuring coral or marine life. Damaging the reef is never worth getting a good image. Don’t move or harass the animals, and honestly, don’t chase them. You will never catch the turtle and you will only make it swim away faster and no one will get a shot. Also, be respectful to the other divers around you, they also paid a lot of money and traveled a long way to be there, give them a chance to photograph the mimic octopus too. If everyone wants to shoot the same thing, take a few shots and then let someone else have a turn; at the end of the dive, if you want more shots, go back when everyone else has had a turn.


3.     Get Close

Get close, get closer, and then even closer. I know you've heard that before, but that’s because it’s true. The closer you get the less water is between your camera and the subject which will allow for your lights to hit the subject stronger, reduce backscatter from particles that get lit up, and the subject becomes larger in the image compared to the background. Bonus points – shoot upwards. Often subjects get lost in the sand or reef background if you shoot down. Getting blue water in the image can help a viewer know where they are too.




Even in bad vis you can often shoot macro successfully!


4. Try Different Things

Get creative! If you have a whole week at a dive resort or on a liveaboard spend a few dives doing something crazy or something you’ve never done before. Change up your lighting, shoot at different angles, play with new settings or use an accessory you’ve never used before like a snoot or a diopter. You might not immediately get perfect shots to start but you might find a new way to make exciting images.


5. Shoot What is There

Sometimes we plan the perfect trip for one animal. We fly halfway around the world on our minimal vacation days to see something…and it doesn’t show up. Unfortunately, the ocean is not a zoo and there aren’t any guarantees. Don’t sweat it – there is always something to shoot! If the sharks don’t show, shoot what fish are there. If there is a freak hurricane and bad viz look for tiny stuff on the reef where you can still get good macro images. It might not be what you wanted, but don’t let it ruin your trip. 


6. Invest in an Editing Program

While editing photos can be a contentious subject, there aren’t many photographers who can say they do not edit at all anymore. A program like Adobe Lightroom can be a great addition to your “camera gear” in lots of ways. You may just use it for simple cropping or adding a watermark, or for removing backscatters and making some other changes, or you might use it for a lot more. Lightroom is great for organizing images too, you can add metadata like location or subject info which will make it easy to go back months or years later and find that one image you took on that one trip of the turtle. Plus, it’s fun to relive your dive trip while looking back at your images. I love spending “dry time” on land editing my images and being brought back to that excellent dive vacation.


7. Have Fun, Share Your Images

Remember this is supposed to be fun! You are one of a very small amount of people visiting the underwater realms AND you are bringing back photos of your experience. That is incredible. Share those images with your friends and families and anyone else who will look at them. Inspire others to take the plunge or become interested in the ocean. We all know the ocean needs some help and support right now, you’re photos may be the key to convert a new ocean lover. 


Visit Brandi's website to learn more about her career and adventures underwater.


Website: Brandi Underwater

 

 

MV FeBrina Liveaboard - PNG - 40% OFF

MV FeBrina Liveaboard - 48 Hour Sale

Papua New Guinea 

40% OFF

Experience some of the best diving in the world.

CYBER MONDAY - Selected dates only - 40% OFF

March 10-19, 2020

April 6-15, 2020

April 17-26, 2020

July 7-16, 2020

July 19-28, 2020

Contact us now 866-690-3483

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Jungle Bay Resort & Spa - Dominica, West Indies

Jungle Bay Resort - Dominica

* * * DEMA SPECIAL * * * 

Now Re-opened in June 2019

Our favourite resort on the "Nature Island" of Dominica was destroyed in 2017 by Hurricane Maria. The resort has now been relocated from the east side of the island to a location on the west side of the island near Soufriere village of Morne Acouma overlooking a marine reserve. The resort has 24 eco-villas in the first phase of reconstruction along with a restaurant, reception, yoga studios, meeting rooms, pool, and recreation center. The new location places the resort closer to the harbor and easier access for scuba divers.

We have a great DEMA Dive Show Special for Jungle Bay. Pack you dive gear and grab a flight to Dominicawith connections typically through San Juan, Puerto Rico. Other routes are available through Caribbean airports.

Contact us for an amazing adventure on Dominica and spectacular diving..!

Dive Socorro & Save 20% - Quino El Guardian - Baja California

Dive the Socorro Islands & Save 20%

* * * Quino El Guardian Liveaboard * * * 

Baja California, Mexico

Contact Us for Discounted Rates Today...!!

1-866.690.3483 Toll Free

Dive the
 Archipièlago de Revillagigedo

Quino el Guardian
December 6-15, 2019
Only $2640!

Regularly $3300, you'll dive with giant pacific manta rays, 7-species of sharks (including schooling hammerheads), and playful bottlenose dolphins. And December is whale shark season!

Price includes 10 days/9 nights and 
6 days of diving aboard Quino el Guardian Liveaboard with the best crew in the industry, taxes, port fees, meals, beverages, tanks, weights, and complimentary beer and wine. The only things not included are:

$28 park fee
$120 Nitrox (if you want it)
Transfers to and from the boat
Crew gratuity

Boat departs and returns to San Jose del Cabo
Subject to availability
Cannot be combined with any other offer

Emperor Harmoni Indonesia - NEW LAUNCH 2020

Emperor Harmoni Indonesia

New Luxury Liveaboard

* * * Expected Launch July 2020 * * *

The MY Emperor Harmoni is currently under construction and ready to launch in July 2020. Emperor Harmoni is Emperor Divers Indonesia's brand new liveaboard, the second for Emperor Indonesia. One of only a select few liveaboards in this region to have two engines, at 48m the ship happily welcomes 20 guests in spacious surroundings.

 

Emperor Harmoni's three decks have six guest cabins on the lower deck and four on the upper. The main deck features a spacious restaurant, lounge area with a 49" HD flat screen, digital movie and music library, board games, bar and a camera suite.

Contact us to book a cabin on this luxury ship now...!


Fort Young Hotel & Dive - Dominica - DEMA Special

 Fort Young Hotel & Dive 

Now a PADI-Approved Resort..!!!

We are pleased to announce the Fort Young Hotel & Dive has been approved as a PADI Dive Resort! One more reason to fall in love with the island, the resort and the diving especially !

 

The Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica, is home to some of the best diving in the Americas and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort is the premier hotel on the island. Boats depart directly from the Fort Young Hotel marina, dive guests enjoy the ultimate convenience and best quality dive sites just minutes from the dock!


Just a reminder about the AMAZING Pre-DEMA specials: Contact us for special discounted dive show deals...!


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