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WHICH IS BEST? SONY A1, CANON R5 VS. THE REST

We’ve compiled this guide to help you figure out if a mirrorless camera is right for you, and if so, which one is best for your particular interest. Whether it's upgrading from a compact or going full pro, video, or photo, we’ll break down these cameras and go over our top pics. 

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$70 OFF THE BEST COMPACT CAMERA OF 2021

The Olympus TG-6 is the ultimate go-to for compact camera shooters looking for the best macro performance. Save on the camera or one of our many great packages.

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WATCH OUR NEW ADVANCED SETTINGS VIDEO

The latest installment of our Olympus TG-6 Best Camera Settings—Part 5: Advanced Settings is now live. In this video, we take a deep dive into the details on more advanced shooting settings such as using custom modes, focus techniques, judging exposures, and much more.

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Part 1: Macro Photo with a Strobe
Part 2: Photos with a Video Light
Part 3: Wide Angle Photos with a Strobe
Part 4: Wide Angle & Macro Video
Part 5: Advanced Settings

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WHERE THE $#%&! DO I PUT MY STROBES?

Bad strobe placement will wreck an image faster than poor camera settings.  This article offers easy to remember themes to help you determine where to position the most important tool in your kit.

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UPGRADING FROM A COMPACT? CHECK OUT THE OLYMPUS E-PL10 - $50 OFF

Check out our full article and video review of the Olympus E-PL10. We’ll break down all the features, capabilities, and gear set up for this very affordable and highly capable camera system.

Save $50 on the Olympus E-PL10 Camera and check out the limited edition Backscatter E-PL10 Octo Housing to create the ultimate upgrade from a compact system.

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LEARN WIDE ANGLE TECHNIQUES - VIDEO TUTORIAL

This video covers every detail that underwater photographers need to know about how to shoot excellent wide angle images in the easiest way possible.

If you haven’t already, also check out Part 1: Macro Photo from our Olympus PEN E-PL10 Best Camera Settings to get up to speed on all things macro.

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POCKET-SIZED PERFECTION - OUR TOP PICKS FOR 2021

If a mirrorless camera isn’t your thing and you’d rather have a camera body that could stealthily slip into your pocket, check out our Best Underwater Compact Compact Cameras for 2021.

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WHITE SHARK WORKSHOP - GUADALUPE ISLAND - SEPT. 14-19, 2021

Join Backscatter's CEO Jim Decker and Adobe Lightroom expert Erin Quigley on a unique photo expedition to Guadalupe Island shooting Great White Sharks aboard the luxury liveaboard dive boat Nautilus Explorer.

Great white shark encounters at Guadalupe Island are nothing short of spectacular. It’s simply the best destination in the world for calm clear water and consistently high probability of multiple shark encounters per day.

The sheer number of sharks in the bay that we cage dive in is amazing. On many dives, we see two to three great whites, although we have seen up to 47 sharks on one trip! Guadalupe Island is home to at least 366 individually identified sharks and still counting.

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

Join Backscatter's owner 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 Adobe Lightrrom expert 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 Backscatter's owner 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 Backscatter's CEO Jim Decker & Adobe Lightroom expert 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. Adobe Lightroom expert Erin Quigley and Backscatter's CEO 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 photo pro 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 Backscatter's owner 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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