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Use Double Strobes for Macro Photography

by Simon Chiu on October 23, 2014

Why use double strobes for UW macro photography? The following two reasons are my humble opinions about it:

1. Reduce shadow

It's very easy to create shadow when we use only one source of lighting, like the picture shows below. I don't mean shadow is totally wrong or bad for the UW pictures. Shadow can bring more contrast and stereoscopic, however, many details will be lost in shadow.

Last time, I used double strobes to take the pictures of Porcelain Crab. As what we see below, there is less shadow on the subject and the picture is softer.

2. Various Strobe positioning ...


Diveboard news: Introducing the Diveboard agent

by Ksso on October 16, 2014

Since the very beginning you've been able to upload dives from your dive computer through the Diveboard plugin that was running within your web browser and connecting to your dive computers. This has worked great so far but came with a few issues such as the lack of an offline mode - you needed to be online and logged in to grab your dive profiles and upload them. Moreover browsers will soon drop the support for plugins like this. So we needed to evolve our plugin towards a more future proof solution. 

So we crated the Divebaord Agent.

Just like the plugin, it will work on Mac/Linux/Windows. The agent lives in the tray and will connect to your dive computer and upload dive profiles to...


Diving in Ilhabela

by Laurie on October 15, 2014

Does anyone know of some dive operators in Ilhabela that can take us out and from who we can rent diving equipment?  We would need to go with someone who speaks English.  Thanks so much!


Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic

by Silverado on October 02, 2014

I'm leaving for Puerta Plata any suggestions regarding where to dive and with whom?


MANUAL Focus with Mirrorless Camera

by Simon Chiu on October 02, 2014

Out of focus again and again!!!

Can't focus underwater by auto mode, why not try MANUAL FOCUS?

I believe many divers who use mirrorless cameras and newly started to take macro pictures have the difficulty to focus on subjects. Using a mirrorless camera without a viewfinder, we have to take pictures by LCD monitor. This is one of the disadvantages of using mirrorless because it consumes battery faster. However, I take it as an advantage because it makes me apply manual focusing more easily.I went diving couple of weeks ago and practiced manual focusing with my Panasonic GF1. The picture below doesn't show clearly what the subject was, but it's a good example of manual focusing....


MK25 Cap Issue

by Rudy on October 02, 2014

I realize this may sound petty, but I have a Scubapro MK 25 where I have lost a second plastic cap covering the first stage next to the yoke.

I realize this cap is cosmetic, but the reg does get dinged then in a tight or overhead environment .

Any suggestions?

Rudy P.


Muck Dive in Dauin, Dumaguete

by Simon Chiu on September 23, 2014

I went on a diving trip to Dumaguete, Philippines in August, 2014. I arrived at the diving shop around 12nn. The name of the shop is Liquid Dumaguete.

Day 1After simple lunch, I joined the shore dive at 2pm. Because the boat of the shop was in Apo Island for their diving day trip, we took a jeep to the breach of the dive site and geared up there. Unlike the white beaches I usually see here in the Philippine, the beach is brown color. The name of this dive site is Sahara. Like Sahara Desert, it's all sand in the sight. I spotted around 20 Garden Eels in a group right after getting into the water and was surprised why the dive master didn't point them out for us. After 10 minutes I...



by Tony G on September 15, 2014

Hello all, me and the better half are going to paradisus rio d'oro near Guardalacava Cuba on the 30th sept.  diving is free, well on per day is, there is a house reef, and I have heard good things about it, if any one can drop hints and tips for anything about Cuba and its diving id be grateful. this is the nice easy dive trip with my partner she hates boats etc.


Sharm El Sheikh first time

by Jim on September 12, 2014

would welcome any thoughts from divers recently from Red Sea diving around Sharm. We'll be staying at the Hyatt and diving with Red Sea World for 5 days next month. I'm hoping a dive skin will be enough and renting BC and reg better than trying to take along. Both wife and i have over 250 dives. Mostly Caribbean.  I've heard the shore dives a good and expect we'll want to do Ras Mohammed. 



6 Things to Love About Duct Tape in Your SCUBA Kit

by Scuba Steve Colorado on September 10, 2014

Duct tape is handy to have in the garage, the laundry room, in your office desk or even your sock drawer but did you know that white duct tape can be a valuable addition to your SCUBA diving kit?

Here are six reasons to throw a roll of duct tape into your kit in a cool new info-graphic (above). (driven by if you’re interested)Dive in to the full blog post for more!


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