The first question non-divers usually ask is, “Have you ever seen a shark?” If you answer yes, they want to know if you were scared. Well, for most divers, seeing this majestic animal is a thrill. To be able to see dozens at one time is an experience most divers dream of. One does not have to travel far to realize this dream. In the Bahamas, on New Providence Island in the city of Nassau, you can swim with dozens of gray reef sharks. Nassau is less than a three-hour flight from New York City. The island is merely 178 miles from Miami, Florida. Nassau is known for sandy white beaches, calm blue water, casinos, resorts and gift shops. There is enough to do to keep any tourist happy. Vacationers come to this island by cruise ship, airplane and private boat, to relax and party. But if you want adventure, you should venture beneath the Bahamian waters to see the numerous reefs, walls and shipwrecks teeming with marine life.
We’d never been to this ghost town before, and it was a long haul to get there, but we finally arrived. It was one of those cold, overcast days in Montana where sitting by a fire was a better option than trying to make a good click. Our son Jake had been to Elkhorn State Park before, but it was new to us, which always makes the photographic adventure that much more exciting. But the light was flat, to say the least—simply no magic to it. We walked up the hill to the old Fraternity Hall. Not that the light falling on it was any better, but perhaps we could find a ghost. We ventured in and went upstairs to find no ghosts, but a soft shaft of light, making two very ordinary folding chairs look anything but ordinary. You couldn’t have had a more common scene lit by a more uncommon light.
A camera's LCD screen can be quite misleading when viewing your images. Often, when you import your images onto your computer they don't look anything like what you originally shot (that is, if you were working with RAW files). In order to get better color out of your images, you'll need to follow a couple of steps. And once you've reached the end, it will be like night and day.
We talked to four of the leading industry professionals to talk about how they get better color. Here are their tips from start to finish:
This week in the news: Apple announces their new iPad; SLRMagic outed some new lenses; Adobe finally released Lightroom 4; and Google decided to make all of their web content accessible in one place for Android users.
This is your B&H Pulse news feed for March 9th, 2012.
Mitch Aunger runs the extremely-popular Planet 5D community. Founded around the advent of HDSLRs, the site has evolved over the years to not only being a host to reviews and news, but also aggregating lots of the cultural changes within the HDSLR community, and interviewing top professionals.
We recently had the chance to squeeze some time in with Mitch to ask him a couple of questions about HDSLR culture, and lots more.
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