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Jul 04, 2018 11:45 |  #1

I agreed (under duress) to photograph a friend using her pool as the "stage" i would like to purchase an underwater strobe for cannon body but have no idea what to look for as far as power. All photos will be taken with 10-12 feet from the camera and mostly during the day so the strobe is for fill. Any help would be appreciated

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Jul 05, 2018 15:40 |  #2

At that distance you would have to use full power or high ISO. Ambient light is an issue. Also an issue is how wide an angle will you be using - you will need to cover this. I am not a pool shooter but many of those that are use studio strobes topside triggered by slave from an UW strobe that is balanced with available light (esp. outdoor pools). There are some threads on this on Wetpixel.

In my confined water UW shooting I aim for 1 foot to 1 meter subject distance and use fisheye lenses quite a bit.
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ps. I found a link with an example here: http://stephenfrink.bl​ogspot.com …n-david-ellis-shoots.html (external link)
Looks like the UW strobe was used above water. Note that there was a lot of help. One needs to be very careful using AC power near water!!


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Jul 05, 2018 19:13 |  #3

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At that distance you would have to use full power or high ISO. Ambient light is an issue. Also an issue is how wide an angle will you be using - you will need to cover this. I am not a pool shooter but many of those that are use studio strobes topside triggered by slave from an UW strobe that is balanced with available light (esp. outdoor pools). There are some threads on this on Wetpixel.

In my confined water UW shooting I aim for 1 foot to 1 meter subject distance and use fisheye lenses quite a bit.
Tom

ps. I found a link with an example here: http://stephenfrink.bl​ogspot.com …n-david-ellis-shoots.html (external link)
Looks like the UW strobe was used above water. Note that there was a lot of help. One needs to be very careful using AC power near water!!


Thank you very much for the info and link


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Jul 05, 2018 22:39 |  #4

I saw a low cost approach where a guy used inexpensive flashes (YN 560 I think), but the brand doesn't matter. Using wireless triggers and sealing them in zip lock bags he got great results he just attached weights and strings to control placement and depth.




  
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Jul 06, 2018 16:39 |  #5

Great idea, I am going to try with ambient first...... seems like a huge drain on my bank account coming soon.....


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Jul 29, 2018 10:09 as a reply to  @ fish_shooter's post |  #8

I am interested in shooting people underwater, but I have no idea what type of camera to buy, for I have never explored this type of photography. What do you suggest for an underwater newbie? What should I keep in mind, and what are the best ways of lighting?


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Aug 15, 2018 18:22 |  #9

Kellyrae wrote in post #18672996 (external link)
I am interested in shooting people underwater, but I have no idea what type of camera to buy, for I have never explored this type of photography. What do you suggest for an underwater newbie? What should I keep in mind, and what are the best ways of lighting?


I am all to new to even begin to comment, I use a canon 5dmk2 with an Aquatech housing all lighting is natural as the flash equipment for underwater can get quite expensive.


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Aug 15, 2018 21:07 as a reply to  @ FstopMiami123's post |  #10

Yes, I can see it is expensive. I doubt I would bring my expensive flash underwater without expensive housing… Thank you for the response.


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Aug 17, 2018 23:59 as a reply to  @ Kellyrae's post |  #11

I also use a Aquatech with my 5D4. Never had an issue or concern. Now to sell it and grab one for my 1DxII and I'll be golden!

That said, there's other companies out there that offer housings, so find one you like. For me, Aquatech is the only one I have found that allows you to use flash topside, which is important to me.


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Oct 14, 2018 16:21 |  #12

I broke down and purchased the flash housing from Aquatech for the Canon 600 EX, definitly lots to learn but incredible flexibility by adding flash....


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