Simon Mills review of Expedition Britannic

HMHS Britannic and Expedition Britannic

I must have followed countless technical dives to the Britannic over the years, from Kevin Gurr’s trailblazing IANTD expedition in 1997, to Nick Hope’s Starfish Enterprise team in 1998 and Jarrod Jablonski’s Global Underwater Explorers the following year. Between them these three groups were pivotal in formulating the early procedures and protocols for accessing deep wrecks, and at 119 metres there can be no doubt that the Britannic is worthy of her reputation as the Mount Everest of technical diving.

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Simon Brown is RPS Science Photographer of the Year

SS Thistlegorm Orthophoto-Documenting The Wreck-Photogrammetry-BG grey

The Royal Photographic Society has announced the winners of the Science Photographer of the Year competition. The winners and finalists can be viewed from today in an online exhibition which headlines Manchester Science Festival:
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Underwater Photographer of the Year winners

SS Hispania by Kirsty Andrews

Congratulations are in order to all of the winners in this year’s prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) awards. In a year when there have not been as many opportunities to go diving as there would normally be it is a joy to see such an incredible standard of images.

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Step One to Improve Your Underwater Photography Results: RAW

RAW setting on camera LCD

Shoot in RAW

If your camera can save photos in RAW format but you are saving in jpeg then you need to read on. If you shoot in RAW but don’t know what to do next, then read on. If you don’t know whether or not you can save in RAW then check your camera settings – look for the menu item to do with the size images are saved as (or check your manual). Continue reading Step One to Improve Your Underwater Photography Results: RAW

Underwater Photography for Freedivers and Snorkellers

A freediver - at one with a camera

Having been privileged to win awards in competitive freediving over the years, I have realised that much of the equipment and many of the techniques lend themselves well for the benefit of underwater photographers when not using scuba. I also realised that these benefits could be exploited at all levels, from the fledgling snorkeller to heavily equipped specialist freedivers. Knowing that the popularity of underwater photography while freediving is increasing rapidly, and as an underwater photographer myself, it struck me that there were horizons to be expanded for all. Continue reading Underwater Photography for Freedivers and Snorkellers