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iamsubra

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Canon S100 setting for U/W
« on: 17 May 15, 22:16 »
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  • Hi guys.

    i am new to U/W photography. users whom have tried taking photos with s100 underwater do advise me on the kind of setting for beginners that would be useful from avoiding bad pics. Even though failure and attempts makes it successful i would like to give it a try with your advises for my upcoming trip. Thanks in advance.

    « Last Edit: 17 May 15, 22:30 by iamsubra »

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    Re: Canon S100 setting for U/W
    « Reply #2 on: 17 May 15, 23:46 »
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  • Quite difficult to find a s100 housing.  Maybe 2nd hand. Then start shooting...

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    Re: Canon S100 setting for U/W
    « Reply #3 on: 18 May 15, 02:01 »
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  • hi hellhole

    i do have e housing not to worry. S100 recsea, nt sure if i shld invest on lights or strobes as i stated i m jus beginning this interest.

    Hey bighead. thanx will look up to it

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    Re: Canon S100 setting for U/W
    « Reply #4 on: 18 May 15, 08:36 »
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  • What u waiting for?  Take it out for a spin..  And see what u can do.. Learn more about light and the control of the camera that way

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    Re: Canon S100 setting for U/W
    « Reply #5 on: 18 May 15, 16:45 »
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  • Hi guys.

    i am new to U/W photography. users whom have tried taking photos with s100 underwater do advise me on the kind of setting for beginners that would be useful from avoiding bad pics. Even though failure and attempts makes it successful i would like to give it a try with your advises for my upcoming trip. Thanks in advance.

    Hi, I am not a good photographer by any stretch of the imagination but this is what I have had good results with (for my skill level).  ;D

    I set to AV mode.

    Unless it's very bright (i.e. shallow) and very good vis, ISO 80 is normally too dark (I don't have a strobe).

    I change the settings so the front ring adjusts +/- exposure. Normally for brightness adjustment I will use this first.

    If I set it to the max exposure and it's still too dark, I will bump up the ISO setting. Normally ISO 400 is the max I need to go, even for night dive (If it's really dark I use a torch to help).

    One trick is to locate the subject near your flash, i.e. in the upper left side of your frame.

    I use auto-white balance. I have seen people doing manual WB with their palm too, but too mafan for me to keep doing that.

    I shoot in RAW mode so I can adjust white-balance using software.

    There are some other minor settings I change before, but I cannot remember already. All these that I set, I save it to Custom mode, so that's the mode I select when I want to shoot something.

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    Re: Canon S100 setting for U/W
    « Reply #6 on: 18 May 15, 18:40 »
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  • hey barebear thanx man. guess this is wat i wanted to noe. i would try that in my upcoming dive. thanks for your time. its really appreciated much : ) happy days man

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    Re: Canon S100 setting for U/W
    « Reply #7 on: 19 May 15, 09:02 »
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  • Get close and get low to the subject.

    Get low for better composition and less distracting background.

    Get close because water absorb light.

    Invest in strobe(s) and arms if shooting still. With additional artificial light, shutter speed can be faster to reduce motion blur. Strobe light also make your shots more vibrant as it compensate the loss of red light as you go deeper. Arms allow positioning of strobe away from lens thus reduces backscatters.


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    Re: Canon S100 setting for U/W
    « Reply #8 on: 19 May 15, 10:31 »
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  • hey barebear thanx man. guess this is wat i wanted to noe. i would try that in my upcoming dive. thanks for your time. its really appreciated much : ) happy days man

    Hey no problem, I'm actually still a camera noob, and others helped me out when I was just starting to learn my camera too. If you are a beginner like me, I would suggest setting it to the smallest aperture setting so that everything is in focus.

    I tried to get fancy too early and it was a struggle because you have to worry about too many things at one point - exposure, composition, buoyancy, focus, etc.

    Oh yes, set flash to fire permanently all the time.

    If I remember which other settings helped I'll post here. I think it was some setting on sampling WB or Exposure based on entire picture or only on what the green box is targeted on.

    I have also read online that there are ways to greatly reduce the lag between when you press the button to when the camera takes a shot, but you have to take a course to learn.

    If anyone can tell me how to do that, it'll be much appreciated.

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    Re: Canon S100 setting for U/W
    « Reply #9 on: 19 May 15, 14:43 »
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  • Hey no problem, I'm actually still a camera noob, and others helped me out when I was just starting to learn my camera too. If you are a beginner like me, I would suggest setting it to the smallest aperture setting so that everything is in focus.

    I tried to get fancy too early and it was a struggle because you have to worry about too many things at one point - exposure, composition, buoyancy, focus, etc.

    Oh yes, set flash to fire permanently all the time.

    If I remember which other settings helped I'll post here. I think it was some setting on sampling WB or Exposure based on entire picture or only on what the green box is targeted on.

    I have also read online that there are ways to greatly reduce the lag between when you press the button to when the camera takes a shot, but you have to take a course to learn.

    If anyone can tell me how to do that, it'll be much appreciated.
    I agree with most of the suggestions here although I do not recommend shooting in AV mode.  But AV mode is a good way for someone new to start shooting and achieving results.  But soon you will find shooting in AV mode you ended up with motion blur and this should motivate you to shoot in full manual mode.

    Although you do almost always shoot with flash in macro (close up), any distance more than 1m, you should turn off the flash.  Leaving the flash on not only is useless (as flash is not powerful to really light up subjects beyond those distance underwater), it creates backscatter, something you do not want to have in a wide angle shot.  Following is an example of what I've just described.

    So they call it a 'FACT' coz someone made some statements on a 'FACT SHEET'? hummm...