Berkley White:We managed to get everyone to the sun deck for our annual group shot this morning just before the morning dive boats threw their dock lines. Another reminder of what a great group of people we have. Some are trying underwater photography or video for the first time, while others are experienced salts that enjoy sharing their knowledge and competing in the contest.
After the morning boat dives, I shared my favorite uses of Photoshop. I'm thrilled to have an application as powerful as Photoshop, but I'd prefer to just shoot it right the first time. When rescue or optimization is required, Photoshop skills with layer masks, selective color, and a combination of the patch tool and stamp tool are essential skills for the underwater photographer. I also shared my favorite methods of converting images to black and white and other tips that are unique to underwater photography I never found in the books.
We've already seen a great selection of images and know the judging will be difficult. We introduced a surprise category just for point & shoot users and have a free evening to go into town or make the evening boat dive.
Tomorrow morning we'll accept and judge the contest images and present the winners in the evening. Big day tomorrow.
Daniel Brown: Today, I did a session for the video group about color correcting video.
With my mind focused on still photography all week, I had to recalibrate for
video a bit. (And, frankly, it's been a while since I worked in digital
video so I had to dust off some old skills.)
Mary Lynn Price: After a great presentation by the one and only Daniel Brown on color correcting and 3D magic for videographers, we all got down to the business of making movies. Today is the final work day...and evening...and night...for the filmmakers to edit their videos for entry into the contest. The video work session is filled with a mix of quiet moments of concentration, elation when something works well, and occasional frustration when the work gets challenging. Many of the filmmakers are working late into the night tonight to finish their entries by tomorrow morning's deadline. To me, it's fantastic seeing so many filmmakers all editing away on their laptops the footage they've gathered over the past several days here in beautiful Bonaire!
I was reminded (again) of how different stills and video are. Yes, framing
is important, good exposure is important, and ideally you get good light on
your subject, but video is very much about a story. Simply showing a fish
swimming around or parked happily on a rock or the sandy bottom is nice, but
isn't taking advantage of the medium. While an image is worth a thousand
words, video creates its own narrative; you're inviting someone along on a
journey you've taken, and you can carry them from room, to the dock, onto
the boat, and into the water. Video, perhaps unlike still photography, can
help you share the whole experience of being under water, not just 1/125th
of a second of it.
Dan Baldocchi: Daniel Brown gave us a very informative seminar on color correction today.
A lot of people were having "a-ha" moments and seeing for the first time how
much better an UW video clip looks when you do some basic color correction.
And the cool part is, it's not that hard and make a huge difference. Kim
Frye turned to me and said " Why didn't you tell us this on Monday?! I'm
going to do this to all my clips from now on!" Well, Monday we were talking
about manual white balance, and the thing is, even with the best white
balance setting in the water, you still need to do a bit of tweaking in post
to get the best color and contrast. Daniel showed us an easy 1-2-3 that
we're all going to do from now on.
Now that the seminars are over it's time to work on the contest entries.
We've got some amazing prizes so most everyone spent the afternoon editing
the best 3 minute movie they can make. I can't wait to see them. There's
no slide show tonight so people are going to have to make the sick choice of
either working hard all night, or heading out for a night on the town. Hmm,
keep working and maybe win a new housing or LED lighting system, or have
dinner and drinks and watch the sun go down in Bonaire. Man, life is full
of hard decisions.
David Fleetham: I spent an excellent day on the Sea Gypsy with another fine load of
Digital Shootout shooters. All the planets aligned and everyone was
setup for macro images. Our first dive was the furthest away from our
resort that I have gone so far and the longest dives I’ve made. I
found some great tiny subjects and didn’t end up going too far on the
reef with my macro mate. Since I have been jumping from boat to boat
all week the next dive was a repeat for me…at least a location
repeat…the critters I found were all new and included the wildest
crimson hermit crab with bright yellow eye salks. Tomorrow is judging
time for the contest…Berk says we should be done in time for me to
jump in again with a Demo Canon 5D Mark2 setup. So Bonaire……keep
those critters coming!
Lenny Bucko:Last Boats to Paradise... Last Chance to Star... Final Day of Taking Pictures
Hard to believe that the boat left the dock today after our team photo for the last chance for everyone to wrangle their critters into the frame for that award winning picture.
Just as the anchor hit the bottom the divers followed and they all went off to their secret spot to find their star model hidden in the cracks of the reef. I wore a full face mask with communication from Ocean Technology Systems , and went around placing a receiver on several photographers heads so that they could hear the clarity of the transmissions.
Maybe another toy that they need to be able to talk to their talent or communicate with a spouse underwater (I hope not). Great afternoon Photoshop class with Berkley and now we all head to the dock for a night dive to be followed by an adult beverage or two as we tell lies and stories about our skills and recap another wonderful day.
See you on the bottom at the dock, the last one in will miss the frog fish yawning and eating.