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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK IN UNDERWATER PHOTO

Striking a balance between value, performance, and ease of use is the ideal trinity of underwater photography equipment. The Olympus PEN E-PL10 mirrorless camera and limited edition Backscatter E-PL10 Octo Housing hits all of those points. Mirrorless cameras have larger sensors and interchangeable lenses which results in better image quality, better low light performance, greater dynamic range, and sharper optics than a compact camera.

The PEN does all that at a size and price point comparable to a compact camera.

Watch our in depth review to learn why anyone who is interested in an upgrade from a compact camera system like the Olympus Tough TG-6 should take a hard look at the Olympus PEN E-PL10.

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FLIP8/9 IS 100% COMPATIBLE WITH HERO9!

The FLIP8/9 filter system is 100% compatible with the new GoPro HERO9 and also backward compatible with GoPro HERO 5, 6, and 7 cameras.

FLIP8/9 is available now.

The GoPro HERO9 camera is now shipping.

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EVER WONDER WHERE THE %$#@! DO I PUT MY STROBES?

Backscatter CEO Jim Decker has taught thousands of people how to shoot underwater. By far the number 1 question he gets asked is “Where do I put my strobes?” His simple Zen master answer to the student is always, “What do you want to light?” If you don’t know what you want to light you’ll never know where to put your strobes. Join Jim and Robin in a video tutorial that explores a philosophical journey on the breakdown of figuring out what you want to light, how to light it, and of course where to put those $#@%! strobes.

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TOP TIPS FOR STINGRAY PICS

Tiago Peixoto is the Backscatter Photo Pro at the Reef Divers Photo Center at Little Cayman Beach Resort and has years of experience in setting up the perfect shot of the iconic southern stingray. In this article Tiago breaks down the gear you need, the camera settings, strobe positions, and how to approach the stingrays of Little Cayman to pull off the perfect shot.

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LOSE WEIGHT TODAY! ADD BUOYANCY TO YOUR SYSTEM

We consider buoyancy the number one reason divers struggle with underwater photography. A camera system with comfortable buoyancy is much easier to use, will result in better photos, make your dive more enjoyable, and protect the reef.

There is no one-size-fits-all formula for buoyancy, but there are some ground rules. First, make sure you understand the smaller your housing is, the more likely you’ll need to add floats. Second, you’ll want to determine if you’re more comfortable with positive, negative, or neutral buoyancy and select the best buoyancy accessories to meet your needs. We’ll walk you through the details here.

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AMAZING REEFS, SHARKS, AND CROCS IN CUBA

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. 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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LUXURY IN RAJA WITH ERIN QUIGLEY

Join Erin Quigley in Raja Ampat Indonesia on the luxury liveaboard boat Dive Damai II. This trip will cover a large area offering a stunning variety of dive sites with amazing wide-angle and macro photo opportunities. 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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DIVE SOME OF THE BEST WRECKS IN THE WORLD

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.

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MACRO & BLACKWATER WORKSHOP IN ANILAO

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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CHARISMATIC MEGAFAUNA IN SOCORRO

Join Ron Watkins 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. Ron and Erin will be on hand to assist with UW 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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DIVE AMAZING REEFS & WRECKS IN MALAYSIA

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 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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JOIN US AT THE DIGITAL SHOOTOUT IN LITTLE CAYMAN

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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DIVE WITH THE BEST ON THE BILIKIKI

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 and Jim 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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SEE WHY DARWIN WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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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