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COULD THIS BE THE ULTIMATE CAMERA FOR UNDERWATER VIDEO?

The Sony a7S III camera looks and feels similar to other cameras in the a7 series, but under the hood, it is dramatically different. This camera was made for video shooters. The camera allows for shooting up to 4K 120p with no practical limitations for an underwater shooter as far as time limits or heat concerns.

Our review includes sample footage shot on location at Lembeh Resort in Indonesia by the on-site Backscatter Photo Pro James Emery.

The sample footage includes looking at shooting in Sony’s S-Log profile with color graded samples, how much the footage can be pushed around in post, looking at the low noise/high ISO performance, and lastly, a surprising ambient light white balance test down to 95 feet that we’ve never seen form a Sony camera underwater before.

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This macro demo reel was shot with the new Backscatter Macro Wide 4300, Backscatter Optical Snoot OS-1, Backscatter Color Filter System, and Sony a7S III Mirrorless Camera on location at Lembeh Resort by Backscatter Photo Pro James Emery.

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UNREAL OLYMPUS TG-6 4K MACRO DEMO REEL

The Olympus TG-6 has been the ultimate go-to for compact camera shooters looking for the best macro performance. In this 4K demo reel, we paired the TG-6 with the new Backscatter Macro Wide 4300 Video Light to show off the capabilities of this camera and light system together in the macro rich waters of Lembeh Indonesia. Shot by Backscatter Photo Pro James Emery of Lembeh Resort, this footage uses the full suite of accessories available for the Backscatter Macro Wide 4300 Video Light, including the Backscatter OS-1 Optical Snoot, and the Backscatter Color Filter System to make this creatively shot demo reel. You won’t believe this was shot with a compact camera!

Best viewed on a large 4K TV while sitting on the couch with your feet up and a nice cold one.

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FREE COVID TESTING PROVIDED FOR ALL PASSENGERS AND CREW

Join Adobe Lightroom expert Erin Quigley and Backscatter Photo Pro David Serradell on a unique photo expedition to the Socorro Islands aboard the luxury liveaboard dive boat Nautilus Explorer. Photograph Giant Pacific manta rays, numerous species of sharks, bottlenose dolphins, schooling jacks, and more. Erin and David will be on hand to assist with underwater photo techniques, offer technical support, and teach post-production workflow in Adobe Lightroom.

Your safety is our paramount concern, and the Nautilus Explorer has strict COVID-19 precautions in place to ensure you can travel safely, and happily.

COMPLIMENTARY COVID TEST--NEGATIVE RESULT REQUIRED PRIOR TO BOARDING
A negative COVID PCR test is not required to travel to Mexico but we highly recommend that you get tested before you leave home. The Nautilus Explorer will provide complimentary antigen tests to all guests and crew before boarding. This test is mandatory, and a negative result is required in order to board the boat. This will ensure that all guests and crew are COVID-free before departure.

HEADING HOME, COMPLIMENTARY TEST PROVIDED
Guests flying back to the US from Mexico are now required to have a negative test for COVID-19. To ensure this doesn’t impact your trip, we are working with the local hospital to provide testing on the boat before disembarking. We will cover the costs of this test, and results will be available within two hours, ensuring no delays in you getting home.

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MACRO UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - CRYSTAL BLUE RESORT – ANILAO PHILIPPINES – APRIL 5-15TH, 2021 / BLACKWATER WORKSHOP APRIL 15-19, 2021

Improve your macro underwater photography skills with Photo Pro Mike Bartick at Crystal Blue Dive Resort in Anilao Philippines.

With its healthy reefs and incredible diversity of marine life, Anilao has some of the best macro photo opportunities in the ocean. Known as the nudibranch capital of the world, Anilao is home to over 600 species of Nudibranchs. You’re also likely to see many species of frogfish, octopus, Rhinopias, pipefish, seahorses, and many other macro reef and muck diving critters.

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DIGITAL SHOOTOUT UPDATE

Currently, the Cayman Islands are closed to visitors. The Cayman government anticipates opening back up to visitors in June. Little Cayman Beach Resort has committed to opening to guests as soon as the travel ban has been lifted. While this timeline would allow for the Digital Shootout to take place, it is a little too early to know for sure under what conditions the event could take place.

Due to the uncertainty with the Cayman Islands reopening, we are currently accepting reservations without the need for a deposit. We anticipate having a clearer picture in the coming weeks and will be able to have plans solidified no later than 60 days out from the event.

We truly miss seeing everyone at the world’s largest underwater imaging learning event and hope to see everyone again this June.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS – BILIKIKI SEPT 7-21, 2021

Join us on a unique photo expedition to the Solomon Islands aboard the luxury liveaboard dive boat Bilikiki. The Solomon Islands offer a stunning variety of marine life and plentiful wide-angle and macro photo opportunities. Erin Quigley and Jim Decker will be on hand to assist with underwater photo techniques, offer technical support, and teach post-production workflow in Adobe Lightroom.

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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - GALAPAGOS SKY - OCTOBER 2-9, 2021

Join Berkley White and Adobe Lightroom expert Erin Quigley on a unique photo expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the luxury liveaboard dive boat Galapagos Sky.

Gently swept by the waters of three major oceanic currents, the Galapagos Islands provide a stunning range of extraordinary diving encounters for live-aboard divers.

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MOOREA TAHITI – SNORKEL WITH HUMPBACK WHALES – OCTOBER 15-22, 2021

Join us on an epic photo expedition in Moorea, French Polynesia snorkeling with Humpback Whales.

Humpback whales are seasonal visitors to Moorea. Between July and November each year they travel from the Antarctic to the warm tropical waters of Tahiti to mate and give birth. They are best seen from mid-August through late October. We’ve planned our trip at the peak of the season. It’s common to see mothers and calves, hear males singing, and see breaching and other surface behaviors.

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LIGHTROOM TOTAL IMMERSION WORKSHOP - NOV. 27-DEC. 4 & DEC. 4-11, 2021

This 7-day total immersion workshop is the perfect combination of fantastic diving and expert Lightroom training. You’ll learn how to apply Erin Quigley’s simple step-by-step workflow and image editing techniques to photos you shoot during the week in beautiful Little Cayman. This workshop is hands-on, high-intensity, and FUN! Think Bootcamp in Paradise. In order to get the most out of this workshop, you must have basic computer skills and understand how to navigate your computer’s operating system.

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GARDEN OF THE QUEENS, CUBA – JARDINES AVALON II – FEB 5-12, 2022

Join Berkley White for an underwater photo adventure in the famous Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) Cuba.

We had such an amazing trip in 2020 that we immediately started planning a return trip in 2021 and 2022. Cuba has become one of our favorite places to go to shoot silky sharks, saltwater crocodiles, and the abundant marine life on the healthiest reefs we’ve ever seen in the Caribbean.

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RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA – SAMAMBAIA FEBRUARY 7 - 19, 2022

Join Jim Decker & Erin Quigley in Raja Ampat Indonesia on one of the newest luxury liveaboard boats, Samambaia. This trip will cover a large area offering a stunning variety of dive sites with amazing wide angle and macro photo opportunities. Jim and Erin will be on hand to assist with underwater photo techniques, offer technical support, and teach post-production workflow in Adobe Lightroom.

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TRUK LAGOON - BLUE LAGOON RESORT - MARCH
9-19, 2022

Join Backscatter’s Becca Boring with seasoned wreck diver and underwater photographer Mike Boring on an exhilarating photo expedition to the most iconic wreck diving destination in the world.

Truk Lagoon (Chuuk) has the highest concentration of historic shipwrecks sunk in the warm, clear water of any place on earth. Home to the Japanese Navy’s Combined Fleet during WWII, Truk Lagoon was the target of a devastating attack by the United States Navy in February 1944. Operation Hailstone resulted in the loss of more than 40 Japanese ships and over 200 airplanes. The combination of history, shipwrecks, marine life, spectacular diving conditions, tropical weather, and beautiful scenery offer an unforgettable experience for divers and underwater photographers.

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MACRO UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - CRYSTAL BLUE RESORT – ANILAO PHILIPPINES – MARCH 20-30, 2022 / BLACKWATER WORKSHOP MARCH 30-APRIL 3, 2022

Improve your macro underwater photography skills with Photo Pro Mike Bartick at Crystal Blue Dive Resort in Anilao Philippines.

With its healthy reefs and incredible diversity of marine life, Anilao has some of the best macro photo opportunities in the ocean. Known as the nudibranch capital of the world, Anilao is home to over 600 species of Nudibranchs. You’re also likely to see many species of frogfish, octopus, Rhinopias, pipefish, seahorses, and many other macro reef and muck diving critters.

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SOCORRO ISLANDS, MEXICO – NAUTILUS EXPLORER – MARCH 23-31, 2022

Join Backscatter's CEO Jim Decker and Adobe Lightroom expert Erin Quigley on a unique photo expedition to the Socorro Islands aboard the luxury liveaboard dive boat Nautilus Explorer. Photograph Giant Pacific manta rays, numerous species of sharks, bottlenose dolphins, schooling jacks, and more. Jim and Erin will be on hand to assist with underwater photo techniques, offer technical support, and teach post-production workflow in Adobe Lightroom. In addition to that, we are reducing the number of divers to get a smaller group feel and open up more single occupancy cabins.

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TIOMAN ISLAND DIVE RESORT, TIOMAN ISLAND, MALAYSIA - APRIL 19-28, 2022

You won’t want to miss this incredible expedition to the stunning Tioman Island. Tioman island is home to some of the healthiest coral reefs in South East Asia. If you want to dive into the most beautiful coral gardens in the South China Sea, swim with a huge variety of tropical reef fish, turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, and search for nudibranchs in one of the best macro spots in the world, then you should not miss this opportunity to visit Tioman Island off the east coast of Malaysia.

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ATMOSPHERE RESORT, PHILIPPINES - APRIL 20-30, 2022

Treat yourself to a stay at the finest luxury boutique resort in the Philippines, set amongst the beautiful exotic grounds of Atmosphere Resort and Spa. Experience world-class diving, both for rare and unique macro critters nearby and spectacular, lush coral reefs at world-famous Apo Island a short boat ride away.

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COCOS ISLAND, COSTA RICA - SEA HUNTER - JULY 2022

We’re thrilled to return to the famous island of sharks this year. Cocos is one of the most beautiful remote islands in the world and is home to some of the most action-packed diving on the planet. From huge schools of hammerheads and jacks, to flying formations of marble rays or potential bait balls, the island of Cocos always delivers the greatest opportunity for natural wildlife displays.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS – BILIKIKI SEPT 17 – OCT 1, 2022

Join us on a unique photo expedition to the Solomon Islands aboard the luxury liveaboard dive boat Bilikiki. The Solomon Islands offer a stunning variety of marine life and plentiful wide-angle and macro photo opportunities. Erin Quigley and Jim Decker will be on hand to assist with underwater photo techniques, offer technical support, and teach post-production workflow in Adobe Lightroom.

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MACRO UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - LEMBEH RESORT – INDONESIA - SEPT 23 - OCT 3, 2022

The Critter Capital of the World, a Muck Diving Mecca, and the Twilight Zone are just a few of the names that have been given to Lembeh over the years due to its high density, and diversity, of rare and unusual marine life.

Diving in Lembeh is unlike diving anywhere else as every dive reveals countless species of critters who have made their homes on Lembeh’s famous muck diving slopes. The Critters at Lembeh Resort dive guides are experts at spotting the unique marine life which resides here.

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FIJI – NAI’A - NOVEMBER 12-22, 2022

Join Ron Watkins for an underwater photo adventure in the soft coral capital of the world, Fiji aboard the award-winning NAI’A.

Bula! NAI’A! Those two words most represent Fiji to those that have been there and explored the vibrant soft coral pulsating with colorful anthias and fusiliers in the Bligh Water and beyond in more remote sites in the Bora Sea. This area offers barrier reefs, sloping pinnacles, and seamounts regularly flushed by ocean currents supporting some of the most healthy and vibrant reefs in the world.

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GARDEN OF THE QUEENS, CUBA – JARDINES AVALON II – JAN 14-21, 2023

Join Berkley White for an underwater photo adventure in the famous Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) Cuba.

Cuba has become one of our favorite places to go to shoot silky sharks, saltwater crocodiles, and the abundant marine life on the healthiest reefs we’ve ever seen in the Caribbean.

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