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Set up and run by Andy Bates (Master Scuba Diving Trainer PADI) Sub Aqua Camera Ltd is a relative newcomer to the business of underwater photography. The company has been trading on eBay since 2010 and I am very proud of my 100% Top Rated Seller status, you can also find us on TrustPilot too. This demonstrates that my key priority is the customer...  Although the website was launched in May 2015 it has only truly been trading since my return from Thailand in October 2015.  

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I have to admit that I am rather obsessed with having the correct camera buoyancy.  I have spent considerable time just trying to get the rig right.  The three main benefits of this is Good Handling, Safety & Expense 

I even made my own modular system from Divinycell 80.  A material made in yacht building that does not compress until 80m.  This is very helpful as it maintains its buoyancy at depth, basic foam does compress and as a result, your rig will become progressively more negative at depth.  I now though use INON float arms and Stix arms to achieve the same result.

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Raw vs JPEG

JPEGs are a compressed file format that is the most widely used and transferable image format.  It is so popular as it is small and easily portable.  JPEG files though are called a 'lossy' format though.  They are called this as the JPEG file will slowly degrade in quality the more it is edited and saved.  A RAW image though is exactly that.  It is an exact copy of what the sensor of the camera detected at the time the image was taken. This means that the image data is stored fully allowing for later processing to be completed without degrading the images.

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Light Absorbtion at Depth

Underwater photography is much the same as land photography; that is, it is the art of capturing the light onto the sensor.  The issue with underwater photography is that light behaves very differently underwater than on land.  The major factors effecting the light are refraction and absorption.

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Want to take your camera to 40 meters?  Want to start exploring underwater photography?  Buying an underwater housing for your camera is the start of this journey.  Many companies such as Canon and Olympus actually sell underwater housings for their top selling cameras.  There are also a number of third party case manufacturers such as Ikelite and Sea and Sea.

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Tired of having a negative rig that is hard to control underwater?  There are many good reasons for having a neutral/slightly negative rig.  If like myself you do not have an endless supply of money to keep buying equipment to try and get the right balance or little access to a pool you need to find out your starting point.  

By understanding the exact weight of your camera rig underwater you can then work out what best to do next.  

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Olympus, INON, Ikelite, Ultralight

I am pleased to announce we have now agreed deals with Fantasea as an official UK distributor.  This is now added to Sub Aqua Camera's existing ranges of INON, Olympus, Ultralight and Ikelite to extend our offerings.  

As a result we are now able to source all products that are currently in production from INON, Fantasea, Olympus, Ultralight and Ikelite.  If the item is not listed please Contact Us to receive a quotation.  If you have found a price please send us the link to see if we can beat it!

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White Balance

For years I used only a camera and housing for underwater photography.  I managed to get some fantastic results.  This was possible by using manual white balance.  White balance is available on all modern cameras now and are easy to use.

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INON Wet Lens

 

One of the major drawbacks of a compact camera is the size of the lens compared to DSLRs.  The DSLRs get around this by the large array of lenses that are attachable to the camera from Super wide angle to Macro lenses allow the user to get sharp images.  One of the key fundamental requirements of underwater photography is 'get closer' to the subject to remove excess water between the subject and lens.  Compact cameras though are designed primarily for land shots, anything from one meter to infinite is the lenses typical sweet spot, not 10cm away.  

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SD Mount Cage for GoPro

GoPro® HERO3 / HERO3+/Hero 4 is ultra compact and high quality video camera capturing dominant market share in wearable camera segment thanks to wide range of accessories and handy video editing application “GoPro® Studio” in addition to camera’s performance.

However, when we bring GoPro® camera underwater, angle of view narrows down dramatically due to different refraction ratio and subjects in close range (within approx. 60cm/2ft) are out of focus since GoPro® camera is a deep focus camera (fixed focal length) which prevents it from using for macro imaging.

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