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    Posted: 29 Nov 2011 at 2:20pm
I am going to Australia for a half year, was thinking of maybe taking the diving certificate(or whatever it is called), and maybe try and do some underwater shooting. Anyone here can give me a recommendation on case or any other way to water proof my camera. I got a 550D, i heard about a waterproof camera bag(kinda like a plastic bag), and a hard case. heard the price difference is insain. but is a camera bag secure? or is it very likely to leak compared to a hard body case? Would love a suggestion as to what is the best way to go on about to try and get some underwater shooting.
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G'day Stig,

Depending on where you plan to go to do underwater photography, learning that light drops underwater if you were not aware. Red is the first colour to go and is completely removed from the visible light by 3 meters and by about 20 meters down you are basically taking B&W.

I have my dive certification and spent quite a bit of time diving in remote locations (commercial), but depending on where you intend visiting and diving, the best colour of reef and fish is with the first couple of meters.

As you are probably aware, Queensland Australia has the largest reefs in the world which extends for approximately 1500KM and has thousands of islands in and around these reefs. Depending on the area, some places are very tourist orriented, while others are predominately scientific research stations (like Heron Island) but caters tourist accommodation as well (my brother used to work at the scientific research station and was diving all the time - no photos that I know of)

Heron Island

So unless you plan on spending many thousands of $$ on gear to photograph below 3 meters, my suggestion would be to stay with in the snorkeling depth. Otherwise you will need to use strobes. You might also want to consider buying a underwater kit as such.

B&H Underwater section

If you plan to use a plastic bag to try waterproof your camera, find out first if your insurance will cover the loss and if you are willing to go without a camera while here. Even properly sealed housings leak and the plastic bags are renoun for it.

If you do a google search for underwater photography equipment, you will find lots of info, and many sad tales of camera destruction.

All the best and hope you really have a nice trip. I know you'll love it.

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Craig

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DSLR housings for underwater photography run into the many thousands of dollars. It would be worth looking into buying one of the waterproof compact cameras that are rated for a few metres depth and using that instead. You will still be able to pull off some good shots and not have to worry about risking your dslr.
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Thx both of u for excellent tips. I'm going to Perth mainly. i don't have a specific plan for underwater photography. i am just gonna take my diving lisence when i am there. and one thing leads to another.

I might look at a compact waterproof camera. could also serve as a pocket camera for other purposes aswell(as i lack that). Unless my insurance will cover it. then i might give it a go(at the end of my stay, as i don't wanna ruin my camera and get stuck without one).
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G'day Stig,

If you end up getting a dive certification, make sure it's a globally recognised one (PADI, NAUI probably most well known) so that if you end up going to another part of the world where there is excellent diving and underwater photography, it's still valid.

From memory a couple hours drive north of Perth is a National Park that encompasses a close by reef. Also the dive school and dive tours will know most of the good locations, so local knowledge is always helpful.

Western Australian Tourism Ningaloo Reef is well known for swimming with whale shakes

Take extra care if you intend to dive with seals and around seal colonies, as great whites tend to frequent these places.

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Hehe. yeah, i'm kinda hoping i won't bump into the great white sharks.. Could end badly.

The one i am looking at now is a PADI one(dunno what it means but good to know it is a well recognized one). Sounds like u know a lot about this :). I'll probably be posting some pics, depending on what i decide to do. i saw some courses in underwater photography. So might be able to borrow equipment there to test it out.

Ahh. i see u are from Australia, were u at down there??

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G'day Stig,

Well I'm on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland (lowest end of the great barrier reef), but I have driven over to perth (6days to drive each way) its about 6000kms from where I live. Australia is a BIG place.

PADI is well recognised and I did my certification with them back in about 1990. At the time where my wife was working (Helicopter training school and maintenance), and one of the trainee pilots was a scuba dive instructor from Cairns. And as a means of raising some funds he did a closed dive course to staff and pilots of the school and spouses and I got it cheaper that way, but still had to do all the book work and medicals etc.

My wife actually wanted to do the course at the time and I went along as well, but she didnt end up passing her medical to get the certificate in the end and I got one instead. So i've been doing the diving (not very regular), and she stays home. Which is why I wanted to get her involved in photography. She is a bit, but her time is divided with teaching at UNI, PHD, etc and other things and photography for her is not a high priority.

So if you want to save yourself a bit of $$ get the medical first that way if you dont pass the medical for some reason, you havent lost much money as if you did it the other way around.

Anyway, hope you have a great trip and if you find yourself over this way, let me know and we'll see if we can tee up a photo shoot (I dont have any underwater camera gear).

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