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Photo- and Video articles in X-Ray Mag

X-Ray Mag #61 - Jul 2014

“What do you have to do?” It is the first question asked by most people when it comes to underwater modeling. As an underwater model, my answer is...

X-Ray Mag #60 - May 2014

Ask any photographer the one thing they would like to improve in their underwater images and most will likely say, “The lighting.” Lighting in...

X-Ray Mag #60 - May 2014

Creating photos in this digital age requires postproduction computer work to get the most out of your images. In days of old, post processing...

X-Ray Mag #60 - May 2014

Online Seminars for Underwater Photographers

X-Ray Mag #59 - Mar 2014

In this article, the final one in the series, I will explain my personal experience with wide-angle underwater photography using the Olympus OM-D...

X-Ray Mag #58 - Jan 2014

Fluorescence night dives, or fluoro, UV and glow dives, as they are also known, are becoming increasingly popular as more and more dive centres...

X-Ray Mag #57 - Nov 2013

So… you have your new photo equipment. Cool... now what? Should we just jump in the water with it?

X-Ray Mag #56 - Sep 2013

— Close-up Underwater Photography with Mirrorless Cameras

X-Ray Mag #56 - Sep 2013

The apparently contradictory choice of adding teleconverters to fish-eye lenses to obtain arresting “wide-macro” images has long been adopted by...

X-Ray Mag #55 - Jul 2013

As day turned to night, two Australian icons— Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House— were silhouetted on the skyline. In the fading light, we...

X-Ray Mag #54 - May 2013

In this article, the fourth in the series on mirrorless cameras, we will look at the potential of these cameras for macro underwater photography...

X-Ray Mag #52 - Jan 2013

While the number of camera manufacturers with horses in the mirrorless race has now reached critical mass with the recent entrance of Canon and...

X-Ray Mag #50 - Sep 2012

In order to create images with point-and-shoot digital cameras that are a step above snap-shots, we have to use the same techniques used with DSLR...

X-Ray Mag #49 - July 2012

When it comes to cameras, traditionally, gear is divided into compact point-and-shoot or single lens reflexes (SLR). Compact point-and-shoot...

X-Ray Mag #47 - Mar 2012

Muck diving is now a recognized broad term for (generally) close up photography, usually in terrible visibility and a dark muddy bottom resulting...

X-Ray Mag #46 - Jan 2012

Close-up or macro photography is a specialized form of underwater photography where the camera lens is positioned very close to a subject, or is...

X-Ray Mag #42 - May 2011

What is Composition? In its most basic definition, composition is the arrangement of elements and their relationship to one another within an...

X-Ray Mag #42 - May 2011

Once or twice in a rare Blue Moon, opportunity sometimes comes along and hits you on the head—or in my case, I was hit on the head—by a juvenile...

X-Ray Mag #41 - Mar 2011

When I began shooting underwater 15 years ago, the underwater photography world was much smaller than it is today. Traveling with oodles of slide...

X-Ray Mag #40 - Jan 2011

Not all sunken ships are the same. There are shallow wrecks, deep wrecks, very old barely discernable wrecks, wrecks sunk in war, wrecks sunk to...

X-Ray Mag #38 - Oct 2010
Lawson Wood

Now, we have our camera and all of its ancillary added on bits. We have checked that everything works. We have our chosen format decided. We have...

X-Ray Mag #37 - Aug 2010

Before we get into the picture-taking business, let us look at some of the jargon and explain what everyone else gets so excited about. Yep! Which...

X-Ray Mag #36 - May 2010

So, where do we start? And what type of camera do we buy? Should we go for the DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex)—basically a digital version of...

X-Ray Mag #35 - Apr 2010

Underwater photography has been around well over 150 years and has accompanied humans as they have ventured beneath the seas to chronicle the...

X-Ray Mag #34 - Feb 2010

Impressive backlit images do not necessarily require the use of a flash. Just aim towards the surface and use the sun. Often, that is all there is...

X-Ray Mag #33 - Dec 2009

The notion that wide-angle lenses can only be used for large subject matter is common, but erroneous.

X-Ray Mag #32 - Nov 2009

Discovery of prehistoric remains in the Yucatan

X-Ray Mag #31 - Sep 2009

Carrying all we would need for the next five days, our expedition team travelled some 65 kilometres through shallow, meandering channels in small...

X-Ray Mag #31 - Sep 2009

Situated 25 km (15 miles) north of the Scottish mainland, the Orkney Islands are located on the same latitude as southern Greenland, Alaska and...

X-Ray Mag #30 - Jul 2009

These are special photographic techniques that have long been used for many years by both professional and amateur land photographers to add...

X-Ray Mag #29 - May 2009

Nice subject matter and good visibility is a prerequisite for a great image. But just as important is correct lighting.

X-Ray Mag #28 - Mar 2009

Ice diving is always something out of the ordinary. The atmosphere, colors, flora and fauna—it definitely pays off to endure the icy temperatures...

X-Ray Mag #27 - Dec 2008

Taking photos underwater without a flash is not common, but it actually is easier than using a flash. I have a few tips and advice for getting...

X-Ray Mag #26 - Oct 2008

Night diving is the ultimate for many divers. Underwater photography without light is challenging, but with a few additional pieces of camera...

X-Ray Mag #25 - Sep 2008

Dependable and well functioning camera equipment is the foundation of good pictures. This article gives you some hints and tips on how to maintain...

X-Ray Mag #24 - Jul 2008

Even in the digital age, black and white photographs are still viewed as art. In this edition of my underwater photography series, I’ll give you...

X-Ray Mag #23 - May 2008
Underwatrer photography, Kurt Amsler, The Perfect Workflow

Without a proper workflow when doing digital photographing, the quality of your images won’t improve. When all the elements of your photography...

X-Ray Mag #22 - Mar 2008

A photographer’s heart always seems to beat a little faster when it comes to taking pictures of sunken ships and aircraft. So, how do you become...

X-Ray Mag #21 - Feb 2008

It is sad, but true—underwater photographers do not have a good track record or reputation for behaving well in nature. But being environmentally...

X-Ray Mag #20 - Dec 2007

Your support made the difference.
Your support is still needed.
This is why...

We have reported on the plight of the sea...

X-Ray Mag #20 - Dec 2007

Incredible as it may sound, one of the most difficult creatures to shoot under water is a human being. That is, if your goal is to integrate a...

X-Ray Mag #20 - Dec 2007

We have reported on the plight of the sea turtles before. We have reported how they were being butchered by the thousands. And we have asked for...

X-Ray Mag #19 - Oct 2007

Shooting fish with a camera isn’t easy! Unlike people they are perfectly adapted to the aquatic environment, hydro-dynamically shaped and in all...

X-Ray Mag #18 - Aug 2007
Kurt Amsler Flash Photography

Getting an underwater camera is really only half the solution. Without a proper light source the possibilities will be very limited. Having one or...

X-Ray Mag #17 - Jun 2007

Differences of opinion have have raged throughout history as to where close-up photography ends and macro photography begins. For underwater...

X-Ray Mag #16 - Apr 2007

In the past we’ve focused on teaching you about underwater still photography, including (amongst other topics) equipment, locations and techniques...

X-Ray Mag #15 - Feb 2007

UR-PRO filters have been popular on compact cameras because they can be mounted to the outside of a camera housing, can be removed if not needed...

X-Ray Mag #14 - Dec 2006

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X-Ray Mag #12 - Aug 2006

Kurt Amsler, winner of over 100 awards at international photo competitions and a world champion title, turns 60 this year, but you would never...

X-Ray Mag #12 - Aug 2006
Rigging your u/w camera gear

Underwater photography requires more than your basic dive gear and cameras. Sometimes it’s the often overlooked accessories and customized set ups...

X-Ray Mag #11 - Jun 2006

In issue #9 we took you through some tips of the trade for selecting a dive operator that will help you properly facilitate your underwater...

X-Ray Mag #10 - Apr 2006

HMI technology is not new. Evolved in the late 1960s, a lamp developer Osram began producing HMI bulbs for the film industry

X-Ray Mag #09 - Feb 2006

Have Camera...Will Trave. Travelling with cameras, selecting a photo-friendly operator

X-Ray Mag #08 - Dec 2005

As any diver knows, at depth light is ab­­sorbed, and one by one the colours of the spectrum disappear.
 Red is the first to go which...

X-Ray Mag #07 - Oct 2005

Is it cheating? Once the conversation touches on restoring or manipulating images it seem to on something profound, namely our perception of...

X-Ray Mag #06 - Aug 2005

In the last issue we looked at the advantages and disadvantages of digital underwater photography compared to traditional film systems. Now we’re...

X-Ray Mag #05 - Jun 2005

Down the stairs to the friendly photo shop at Sunset House Hotel, a dive resort on Grand Cayman Island, one enters the world of the colourful and...

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