The Digital Shootout - Underwater Photography, Videography, Scuba Diving Trips


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The Digital Shootout - the Digital Shootout is an underwater photography/videography vacation designed to take the shooter in the group to the next level.
Warm-up Week: JUNE 15-22 • Event Week: JUNE 22-29, 2019
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JOIN US AT THE 2019 The Digital Shootout - the Digital Shootout is an underwater photography/videography vacation designed to take the shooter in the group to the next level.
WARM-UP WEEK: JUNE 15-22, 2019
SHOOTOUT WEEK: JUNE 22-29, 2019
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THE WORLD'S BEST LEARNING EVENT


Take it seriously or take it slow, the Digital Shootout is an underwater photography/videography vacation designed to take the shooter in the group to the next level. If you're a new or an intermediate shooter, the Digital Shootout is our fast-track to better underwater imaging. In six days of seminars and diving, the Digital Shootout team will help dial in your underwater system and shooting techniques. Enter your best images in the final contest to win trips, gear, and more from our great sponsors.
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Diving/RESORT

SPECTACULAR CAYMAN DIVING


Little Cayman Beach Resort has a total of 40 air-conditioned, spacious rooms situated in two-story 'palm-tree height' buildings and surrounded by lush tropical foliage. Each room includes furnishings inspired by tropical colors and textures, Caribbean themed artwork, nicely decorated bathrooms, fixtures and flooring. Spectacular boat diving in the Jackson's Bight & Bloody Bay Marine Parks offer plentiful opportunities for both macro and wide angle photography.
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SEMINARS

SEMINARS EVERY AFTERNOON


Each afternoon we offer professionally produced seminars on basic and advanced photo and video techniques. Just learning how to assemble your camera for the first time? Looking for the secrets of exposure and strobe placement? Our seminars are world renowned for their simple delivery of complex topics and will take you to the next level.
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COMPETITION

FRIENDY COMPETITION WITH BIG PRIZES


The workshops and experts assembled at this event will whisk you along the learning curve of underwater photography. By the end of the week you will be shooting well enough to enter our friendly competition. The best images shot during the week will be awarded over $30,000 in prizes.
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The Digital Shootout is accessible via most major airlines. If you're traveling heavy, you'll incur excess bag fees but there should be no problem with you getting all of your camera and dive gear to the Digital Shootout. No worries...

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STAFF:
 
Berkley White Berkley White
Owner and founder of Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo. Berkley is one of the leading underwater imaging professionals, who's passion for underwater imaging is equaled by his passion for educating others. His images and articles are regularly seen in national and international scuba diving publications, and he leads several educational underwater imaging expeditions each year, such as The Digital Shootout. To view his online portfolio, please visit berkleywhite.com.



Erin Quigley Erin Quigley
Erin Quigley, Digital Imaging Consultant specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies, and Award-Winning Underwater Photographer, will help you sort out your processing woes. These one-on-one or small group sessions will be informal and based on participant's interest, so bring Erin your images for tutorials and tips to improve your post production skills. For more information about Erin, please see: http://www.goaskerin.com/
Certified Adobe Lightroom Expert



Jim Decker Jim Decker
As the CEO of Backscatter, Jim is one of the top experts in the world on underwater photo and video equipment and shooting technique. From SLRs to compacts and handycams to broadcast video, Jim has shot video and photo systems from all the major underwater manufacturers and has been a consultant on many of the designs seen in the water today. Jim has also consulted with many professional photographers, production companies, resorts, and magazines including Mythbusters, Discovery Channel, Sport Diver Magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, Into The Drink, National Geographic, Freshwaters Illustrated, and many more.



Cristian Dimitrius CRISTIAN DIMITRIUS
Cristian Dimitrius is a Brazilian Emmy Award Winning cinematographer, photographer and television presenter specializing in wildlife and natural history films around the world. On land or underwater, from ants to whales, Cristian's innovative cinematography and unorthodox camera techniques are helping revolutionise the way people see and perceive wildlife. Cristian pushes the boundaries of wildlife filmmaking with his amazing still images and stunning video sequences. Hes goal is always to bring an innovative approach, using the latest techniques, equipment and revolutionary creative resources to plunge the audience into the animal world. In addition to several film credits, Cristian has shot for the world's top television networks including the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet & Globo TV. Cristian is also one of the presenters of the segment Domingão Aventura in Globo TV Sunday afternoon show Domingão do Faustão. His stories are acclaimed by the public and the as he has brought innovation with their ingenious cameras, bringing images never shown on Brazilian television. Cristian Dimitrius's life-long mission is to inspire people to fall in love with our planet through his images, arousing the desire for knowledge and conservation of the place we all can call home. For more information about Cristian, please see: http://www.cristiandimitrius.com/



Steffan Schulz STEFFAN SCHULZ
As a Producer/Director, Steffan has 30 years experience and over 100 national and international awards including a spot on A/V Producer Magazine's "Top 100 Producers" list. In 1998, Steffan was called upon to produce and direct the Public Television series "Destination Diving" which included 13 half hour episodes on various scuba travel destinations around the world. At the time Steffan was not scuba certified, but quickly fell in love with the underwater environment and its numerous filmmaking challenges. He has since produced numerous programs that feature underwater environments. Steffan's work has been featured on PBS, NBC, ABC, and MTV as well as a number of international markets including Europe, Asia and South America. He is a published author and guest lecturer and presenter at universities, corporations and a variety of professional groups. For more information about Steffan, please see: http://www.strangemedia.com/



Brett Kotheimer Brett Kotheimer
Brett has worked in video production and broadcast technology for over 25 years as director, videographer, editor and engineer for media companies and networks including CBS, Fox, and Current TV. During his career, Brett has helped design and build 3 television studios and has hired and mentored dozens of technicians. He is currently head of Broadcast Operations for TMZ in Playa Vista, CA. Brett began diving in 2005 and almost immediately took to carrying a video camera on every dive. He was an enthusiastic participant in the Digital Shootout Bonaire in 2008 and after several years shooting on trips and charters, mainly in California and the Caribbean, he returned to The Digital Shootout in 2015 (Roatan) and 2016 (Little Cayman). Brett looks forward to sharing his passion for underwater shooting and good storytelling with anyone who wants to create video as part of the Digital Shootout expe rience. Some of his work can be found on his Vimeo page at http://vimeo.com/channels/FishVidz.



Joel Penner Joel Penner
Joel is the founder of Newmediasoup, LLC, a multimedia and event coverage company. He also provides multimedia projects for Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo and is a part of their digital media team. Joel was an early adopter of the use of DSLR cameras for shooting high definition underwater video and currently shoots 4K Ultra High Definition video as part of his business. He is also an active product tester for Backscatter assisting with underwater video camera testing and video editing for new products. His images have been published in various magazines, such as, Scuba Diver TTL, Scuba Diver Ocean Planet, Scuba Diving and Sport Diver. Along with his wife Jennifer, they have authored many published articles on techniques to improve underwater imaging for GoPro cameras and DSLRs, and are regular presenters at scuba diving trade shows.



Jennifer Penner Jennifer Penner
Jen's foray-turned-passion for underwater photography started as a participant at the Digital Shootout in 2008 (ask her some time about her first nightly image critiques). She quickly retired her all-auto point&shoot camera for a DSLR, and now would be in the water everyday with her camera if possible. Her images have been published in various magazines, such as, Scuba Diver TTL, Scuba Diver Ocean Planet, Scuba Diving and Sport Diver. Along with her husband Joel, they have authored many published articles on techniques to improve underwater imaging for GoPro cameras and DSLRs, and are regular presenters at scuba diving trade shows. When not in her ocean office, she attends to their multimedia company, Newmediasoup, LLC.



Robin Dodd Robin Dodd
As Backscatter's Media Producer, Robin is most often seen on-camera breaking down the newest and coolest underwater photo and video gear. Whether in the studio, dockside, or underwater, playing with and reviewing the most cutting-edge equipment is why he gets up every morning. Before serving in his current role, Robin was the Backscatter Service & Repair Manager for several years. This resulted in a diverse and broad knowledge of repair and troubleshooting experience with nearly every piece of modern underwater imaging equipment.



Robin Dodd Dylan Silver
Dylan Silver is a freelance writer and photojournalist and member of the staff at Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo. His work regularly appears in Outside Magazine, USA Today, Sierra Nevada Media, Tahoe Quarterly and the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Dylan is founder of the Lake Tahoe-focused underwater photography project Tahoe Clarity (tahoeclarity.com). As a passionate waterman, he enjoys free diving, standup paddling, surfing, diving and, of course, underwater photography. More of work can be found on his personal website, dylansilver.com.



Hergen Spalink Hergen Spalink
Hergen Spalink is at the forefront of underwater imaging, capturing sublime images and video using the latest gear, provided by industry-leading equipment manufacturer Nauticam. Hergen is also co-author of the online Underwater Photography Course for Lynda.com along with award winning graphic designer Deke McClelland. Since 2010, Hergen and his partner Kerri Bingham have been leading exclusive underwater photography safaris and workshops in the world's best dive destinations through their travel company Got Muck LLC. Their guests benefit from the couple's deep passion for the underwater world and twelve years of experience living and managing dive businesses in Indonesia and the Caribbean. Hergen is a PADI scuba diving instructor and also an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom. Dedicated to making underwater imaging accessible and gratifying to divers and non-divers alike through inspiration as well as instruction, Hergen is a frequent contributor to leading underwater photography websites and magazines worldwide.



Todd Winner Todd Winner
Todd Winner has been diving and photographing marine life since 1990. As a professional underwater photographer and cinematographer, his work has appeared in commercials, museums and private collections. Todd is a regular contributor to Sport Diver and Scuba Diving magazines and has won over 60 international underwater photography competitions.

Based out of Southern California, Todd works for Nauticam as a content provider and equipment specialist on the west coast. He runs several international and domestic underwater workshops every year and is a proud member of the Ocean Artists Society, which uses ocean art to inspire people around the world to a greater awareness of our need to protect and preserve our natural world. To find out more please go to toddwinner.com or immersedimaging.com



CARLOS QUILICHINI CARLOS QUILICHINI
Carlos Quilichini started with Olympus 10 year ago as a technical representative and has been educating customers and training distributor partners. In 2008 he got certified as diver to support the underwater products manufactured by Olympus. As an Olympus camera expert he has been participating in the digital shootout 4 consecutive years. He has shared his expertise to customers in how to manipulate Olympus underwater products and provided technical support to participants at the Digital Shootout.



MARISSA WIGANOWSKE MARISSA WIGANOWSKE
Marissa Wiganowske is the President of Pegasus Manufacturing, a complete line of thrusters for professional and recreational divers along with underwater vehicles. She has been in the dive industry for over 18 years, previously with Pro Dive International as both the Director of Marketing and Admissions while being their Master Scuba Diver Trainer. She has found her international work in marine conservation, shark research, and military diving as some of the most rewarding. As a competitor in the extreme sports world she Co-Founded the Northeast Progression Wakeboarding School. Being a sponge in the underwater world her passion for underwater photography expands every time she's below the surface.



Jeff Honda Jeff Honda
Jeffrey Honda is a photographer and videographer of both the underwater and terrestrial worlds. He enjoys traditional as well as creative shooting techniques; using infrared, HDR, and time-lapse, as well as mastered methods of underwater fluorescence photography and videography.

Since early 2010, he has been traveling, teaching workshops, leading trips, and spending countless hours of shooting underwater as well as on land in both nature and studio settings. Jeffrey's imagery and videography has been honored with awards from several international photo competitions and has been featured in many publications including the Smithsonian's Natures Best Photography, NatGeo, NOVA, Scuba Diver Life, and Dive Photo Guide. He is a member of the Aqua Lung Canada Pro team and his expertise in Fluorescence night diving and imagery has allowed for his ambassadorship for Light & Motion. He has truly enjoyed his continued role in The Digital Shootout to lead the Fluorescence night dives and guide others in the unique equipment and sharing his techniques to capture great imagery.



Dan Baldocchi Dan Baldocchi
Underwater digital photography equipment expert Dan Baldocchi was part of the Light & Motion team for over ten years. From the humble beginnings of early digital cameras to the latest digital SLRs, Dan has been an industry expert in the evolution of underwater digital photography. Leading photo expeditions since 1998 with his company Under Exposoures, and as co-founder of the Digital Shootout, Dan has introduced countless divers to the exciting world of underwater digital photography.



   

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