By Matthew Smith

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Ceratosoma brevicaudatum Aquatica Digital AD500 Housing with Aquatica Digital mini macro port & ACU +5 wet lens, Nikon D500 Camera & Nikkor 60mm F2.8 Micro Lens

Well what can I say? Aquatica Digital has yet again improved their latest model of water housing for the Nikon D500, and it compliments this amazing new camera perfectly! As a regular user of Aquatica Digital products and an engineer I am well aware of the amount of thought, research and refined detail that goes into all of their robust products. Each housing is designed using the latest 3D design modelling software so they can eek out any teething problems even before production begins. They are then individually precision CNC machined from a solid block of high grade marine aluminium, powder coated black and fitted with marine stainless steel controls for complete command of the camera inside. Two zinc anodes further protect the entire housing from corrosion of any kind, even in the hands of the most neglectful user. The handles are ergonomically designed to fit snuggly in your palms with deep contoured grooves for your fingers ensuring a secure grip; they are also made from tough plastic which I really like. This is because I find myself shooting in cold water quite a lot and metal handles soon sap the warmth from your fingers!

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By Matthew Smith

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For me one of the most wondrous parts of any dive is the moment that the water engulfs my mask as my head slips below the surface. I think it’s the suspense of the unknown of what lies beneath, the transitional part of moving from one element to the next that feels so magical and the thought of what alien creatures I might encounter. That is what draws me to taking half over half underwater images. I try to convey to the viewer that majestic feeling in a picture format. It’s maybe the best way I can communicate to a non-diver what it’s all about, to marry a wet and unfamiliar world with a dry and more familiar one.

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by Scott Portelli

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What Snoot are you?

Snoots are being used more commonly by underwater photographers to isolate a subject, reduce backscatter or give more creative control by using directional light on areas of their subject.

Most underwater photographers use snoots for macro photography but directional fiber optic light can be used for wide angle photography to highlight a subject in a scene as well. With this type of technique you can separate small subjects from their backgrounds and reduce backscatter.

Currently, there are only a few really good fiber optic snoots on the market that are designed for specific strobe configurations. If you are using an Ikelite, Sea & Sea or Inon configuration, then there are several options to choose from.

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