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Why use a strobe - DC600?

Discussion in 'The SeaLife Station' started by BHB ScubaTroll, May 15, 2008.

  1. BHB ScubaTroll

    BHB ScubaTroll Solo Diver

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    Picture taken before the strobe recharged, and after...
     

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  2. dogenia

    dogenia Photographer

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    At what depth?
     
  3. fppf

    fppf Manta Ray

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    I can make a shot that dark in direct sun light.
    Yes you need a strobe, but its not because your shots will be black, its more for color rendering.

    If you don't have a strobe, digital white balance will go a long way down to about 40 feet.

    The reason your shot was black is you used settings that where expecting a strobe without one.
     
  4. BHB ScubaTroll

    BHB ScubaTroll Solo Diver

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    That was taken last week at 85' out of Jupiter, Fl.

    Vis was top to bottom, but the current was between 1-2 knots with some relief in the alcoves
     
  5. BHB ScubaTroll

    BHB ScubaTroll Solo Diver

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    I was just trying to find something that would bring people in to post in the new forum... :D
     
  6. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Well, yes if your strobe has not recharged and your camera flash is blocked by the flash link, then you have no flash at all. I put off getting a strobe too long, then put off learning to use it :silly: but I have shot some interesting shots with just the camera flash, even in Puget Sound which is certainly not known for it clarity. Hehe, my first scuba cam was a 1 mp Sealife, no strobe; it was kinda fun.

    But yeah, strobes help. :thumb:
     
  7. LowVizWiz

    LowVizWiz Instructor, Scuba

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    I've been putting off getting the strobe for a while, but I think I'll add that soon. I'd sure would like to play with one before to see how I like diving with it. Right now I carry the camera just in case I find something I may want to shoot, but if I buy a strobe I may feel like I need to use the camera more to justify it.

    What do you think?
     
  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think your thinking is fine. Shooting in shallow, clear water with good sunlight with just the camera will work well enough for fun. What photoshop do you use on the pics?

    Diving, especially dealing with currents and such, can be a little different with a strobe - and I don't know how experienced you are. Your profile doesn't say.
     
  9. BHB ScubaTroll

    BHB ScubaTroll Solo Diver

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    I think a strobe helps me find more things to take pictures ot when I am underwater :grin
     
  10. LowVizWiz

    LowVizWiz Instructor, Scuba

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    I'm strictly a recreational diver so far about to start DMC. I don't even take my camera if I'm planning on going below 40' since I don't have a strobe. I've taken a few shots below 40' w/o the strobe and they are just awful no matter how good the vis is.

    I do a little color correction in PS. Levels, brightness, contrast & saturation. Is that what you mean?
     

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