Local Dive Shop Vs Dive Show

Its that time of year again and the dive show will be in full swing this weekend in London.

But please remember, great folk of the DiveStyle clan.

If you are at the dive show this weekend and you do see something that you fancy then give us a quick call to see if we can price match.

If we cant we will let you know but will be very grateful that you have at least offered us the opportunity to do so.

Remember, the dive show is once a year but your local dive centre, DiveStyle, are here all year round with great advice, great support and fantastic catering!

Support your local dive centre and have a place for life to rest those weary fins :0)

DiveStyle, Unit A, Bridge Farm, Arborfield,
Wokingham, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9HT
t: 01189 761729
e: info@divestyle.co.uk

The Ultimate Titanic Presentation – 14th April

We still have lots of tickets to sell so once again, please share this post on your Facebook page, with family, friends, stranger on the street and anyone that you think would be interested!

We have an opportunity to raise some fantastic money for Deptherapy and the RNLI, two amazing charities!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1435863379958808/

or book direct by following the link

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/titanic-the-ultimate-presentation-tickets-10674089489

A Guide to Using the GoPro Underwater

Just bought a GoPro for use while scuba diving? Then read on.
Whether you are just getting started with underwater image-making or a serious cinematographer, the GoPro Hero3 is a versatile, fully auto HD camera, perfect for making underwater moments lasting memories and as a competent B-roll camera.

While YouTube and the like have a gazillion underwater GoPro videos, most are, let’s just say, bland. We’ll share our tips and techniques for getting the best underwater images from your Hero3.
GoPro underwater

Preparing your GoPro for Underwater Use

 

Firmware and Memory Cards
GoPro regularly updates the firmware for their cameras; so always make sure you have the latest, as it will help your camera perform more reliably. And while memory is cheap, don’t cheap out on your memory cards – GoPro has recently updated a support document with new memory card recommendations for the Hero3 Black, as well as their other cameras, which can be found on their web site.

LCD Touch BacPac and Anti-Fog Inserts
For underwater shooters, the LCD Touch BacPac is a must have for framing your shots. The touch screen doesn’t work underwater, but can be used to set your jump settings prior to insertion into the housing. Never use the ‘Touch Door’ or ‘Skeleton Door’ that comes in the box with the LCD Touch BacPac. Use of either of these will immediately flood your camera or be the source of a flood while on a dive.

The Anti-Fog Inserts, while a bit pricey, are a useful addition. Sealing your GoPro in a low humidity environment and use of these inserts will prevent your Hero3 from fogging up on a dive, which can give you unwanted vignetting or the foggy look of a super soft filter.

Batteries and O-Ring Maintenance
Unfortunately, the battery life for these cameras is fairly short. The best solution is to have several, fully charged batteries on hand to swap out when needed.

Charge your batteries the night before, and the use of a third party, external charger will speed up the process.

As with any camera housing, it is crucial to inspect the rubber seal for debris (sand, hair, lint etc.) and to ensure that nothing (like your anti-fog insert) is inhibiting the housing lid from obtaining a tight seal.

GoPro Underwater Setup

Recommended Jump Settings
Our preference is to run the Hero3 Black in 1080p 60fps wide mode, and sometimes in the 2.7K resolution 30fps mode. Here’s why: If you wish to slow down some fast action you’ve captured, the 1080p 60fps will allow you to put that footage into a 30fps timeline in your video editing software, and it will playback at super-slow motion speed.

If you want to have the latitude to reframe your footage and crop in a little tighter, or run image stabilization on the clip, the 2.7K resolution can be used on a 1080p timeline. For the Hero3 Silver or White models, we prefer to use the 1080p 30fps wide mode (these cameras will run 60fps in 720p mode only and do not support any of the higher ultra HD resolutions).

  • Turn Spot mode OFFto let the camera evaluate the entire scene for better exposures.
  • Turn ProTune OFF, as this feature requires more work when editing in post.

Using GoPro Underwater

Joel Penner mounts his GoPro to the top of his SLR setup to capture “B-Roll” footage.

Go Red! Color Correction Filters
Topside, the GoPro cameras are a no-brainer for capturing pretty stunning, wide angle, HD footage in good lighting conditions. Underwater is a much different story, with the camera needing the addition of a red filter to help correct your images from being all blue or all green.

Our red filters of choice are the Flip3.1 Filters from Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo, made specifically for GoPro Hero3. The Flip3.1 features a top flip filter as well as a side flip filter – you choose which filters you want to attach based upon your dive plan: SHALLOW Filter (5-20 feet), DIVE Filter (20-50 feet), DEEP Filter (50 feet+ with excellent visibility), or the greenwater filter.

Flip filter GoProFlip3.1 color correction filters will bring back the vibrant hues in your GoPro underwater images at every depth.

As part of the research and testing team for these color correction filters, we don’t use our GoPros underwater without them, and love that the three different red filters for blue water diving aid us in capturing vibrant footage at all depths.

GoPro Underwater Shooting Techniques

To see what the Hero3 Black is capable of underwater, watch this recent video from Bonaire, using only GoPro Hero3 Black cameras and Backscatter’s DIVE and DEEP Flip filters and video lights.

White Balance and Adding Light
The GoPro cameras perform optimally underwater when they have plenty of light. And since it is an all auto camera with no manual controls, you can’t tell it what white is, making the addition of red color correction filters absolutely crucial for your footage to pop with color.

GoPro underwater white balance

Using the DIVE filter and video lights captures true colors in photos and video.

Here are some tips to get the best footage from your GoPro while in the water:

  • Plan your dive and attach the correct color correction filters for your planned depths.
  • Shoot with the sun at your back for the best color in your images.
  • Compose your shots with a slight downward angle to achieve richer color and contrast for your images.
  • While snorkeling, on the surface, there is no need for use of the filter. For depths between 5-20 feet, flip the SHALLOW Flip3.1 filter into place.
  • For the 20-50 feet range, we always use the DIVE Flip3.1 filter with video lights. Remember, the GoPros perform better with good lighting conditions, so if you’ve got video lights, use them with your GoPro set-up too.
  • Once you get below 50 feet, the DEEP Flip3.1 filter is the way to go. At these deeper depths, the quality of your footage will be totally dependent on how good the visibility is.
  • Whenever possible, compose your scenes with a good amount of neutral sand or reef that doesn’t have a lot of green growth on it. This, plus your color correction filter, will help the camera find what is “white” in the scene, giving you truer looking hues in your footage.

Avoid The Blurries and The Wobblies
The GoPro cameras are the ultimate for capturing wide-angle action in a very small form factor. Underwater, they can capture a field of view of 127 degrees! The only limitation is its minimum focusing distance of 12 inches. Frame your subject any closer than 12 inches and your footage will be blurry. And since it’s a wide-angle camera, the small critters are not a good choice of subjects- think subjects the size of a basketball and larger – divers, larger fish or schools, turtles, sharks, reef scenes etc.

Since the form factor of the GoPro is so small, it is very difficult to obtain stable footage without mounting your GoPro to something else. If using your GoPro as your “B” camera, mount it to the top of your dSLR housing[5]. Your strobe or light arms will act as outriggers, keeping you steady. If solely shooting GoPro, mount it to a two handled tray system that supports the use of video lights and keeps your capture stable, like Backscatter’s GoPro Double Handle & Tray.

GoPro handles

Two handles provide much needed stability when shooting GoPro underwater. Adding video lights to your GoPro with Flip3.1 color correction filters will make your video pop with vibrant color.

Keep your arms rigid and let the action come to you, or fin through your scene. Mounting your GoPro to a tripod for use in sandy areas or reefs where no damage will occur is another great option for capturing stable footage. Select the spot where you’d like to set-up your tripod, start filming and retreat from the scene for a short period to capture those critters’ natural behavior.

GoPro Underwater

A tripod for your GoPro is another way to capture stable underwater footage.

Taking Underwater Photos with the GoPro

The GoPro can take great photos too! In the photo mode, the Hero3 Black takes still images with a resolution up to 12 megapixels. However, since it is a fully auto camera, it chooses ISO and shutter speed based upon lighting conditions. To obtain vibrant photos underwater, follow these tips:

  • Attach the appropriate red color correction filter(s) for your dive plan.
  • Shoot with the sun at your back.
  • If you have video lights, use them deeper than 10 feet. The best results come from the brightest lights.
  • Make sure your subject is 12 inches or more away from your camera’s lens for a sharp image.
  • Be as steady as possible when depressing the shutter button.

Underwater GoPro photo

In photo mode, this image of a turtle was taken without a filter.

GoPro still underwater photo

Even though the GoPro has no manual controls, still images like this are possible with the addition of a color correction filter, lights and a steady hand.

About the Authors:
Joel and Jennifer Penner are avid divers, making the ocean their office as often as they can. When not in the water, they run a multimedia company

With Thanks to

By Joel and Jennifer Penner, November 28, 2013 @ 06:00 AM (EST)
By Joel & Jennifer Penner

Can I Really Cold Water Dive Comfortably?

Cold water diving often sends new divers or warm water divers running for the hills and screaming along the way.

The truth is that cold water diving is every bit as enjoyable as warm water diving, you just need the right scuba equipment and the right training.

Some of the best preserved shipwrecks in the world exist in cold waters, not to mention the amazing marine life that you will come across, such as the Grey Seals at Lundy or the Farnes.

Transitioning to cold water diving can be a challenging but highly manageable.

Here 6 tips for warm-water divers considering cold water diving. (Experienced cold water divers: Some of this may seem obvious, feel free to snicker.)

1. Cold Water Diving Requires Additional Weight:

Divers use thicker, more buoyant wetsuits (or drysuits) in cold water, which requires the use of more weight. This is obvious, and most cold water dive centers will assist divers in selecting the appropriate amount of weight for thick exposure protection.

2. Gearing Up for Cold Water Diving:

Plan ahead. Once a diver is wearing his gloves, it becomes very difficult to make small adjustments such as tucking mask skirt under the hood. On my first dive, I looked like a bit of an idiot when I put on all my gear but my mask, hobbled over to the entry platform, and then had to ask the divemaster to tuck my mask skirt into my hood because I waited to put my mask on until the last moment and couldn’t get the skirt under the hood with my gloves on.

3. Be Prepared for the Initial Cold Water Shock:

Divers transitioning to cold water diver should be prepared for the short initial, shock of entering cold water. For the first few moments in the cold water, a diver may feel that he cannot breathe easily. This is a physiological reaction known as the Mammalian Diving Reflex, and it is perfectly normal when a person’s head is submerged in cold water. It will pass. I managed my reaction to the cold by floating on the surface with my face in the water until I could control my breathing and felt comfortable. After about twenty seconds I felt great, and was ready to start my dive.

4. If a Diver Feels Cold, His Air Consumption Rate Will Increase:

When a diver’s body becomes cold, he will burn more calories to keep warm (no more fad diets for you!). He will use more oxygen and his breathing rate will increase. If the diver becomes very cold, he will shiver and his air consumption will increase more from the extra work of shivering. Thicker wetsuits and drysuits, as well as the extra weight necessary to compensate for this thicker exposure protection, will increase a diver’s drag, and thus his air consumption rate. I used a thick wetsuit for my dives, a noticed an increase in my air consumption rate as I became chilled near the end of the dives.

What is the solution to this problem? Wear proper exposure protection! 

5. Use Regulators Appropriate for Cold Water:

Most dive shops servicing cold water diving destinations rent or sell regulators appropriate for cold water diving. It is vital to use a regulator approved for cold water diving, as the first stage of a a non-cold water regulator may “freeze” due to normal cooling from gas expansion combined with chilly water, causing a free flow. Divers should also be sure to review standard protocols to avoid causing a regulator free flow, even when diving with cold water regulators.

6. Mask Clearing in Cold Water – Be Prepared:

Most divers find that the shock of cold water on the face makes exhaling to clear a mask difficult in cold water. This reaction can be overcome with practice, but divers must experience the cold water shock a few times before they learn clear their masks easily. It’s not hard, but practicing mask clearing in cold water is essential to being safe on cold water dives.
With proper preparation and gear, a diver shouldn’t be cold – even in cold water. When it is done correctly, cold water diving should be just as comfortable as warm water diving, and equally as enjoyable.

DiveStyle Clearance Sale

DiveStyle Clearance Sale!!!

We are making room for great new products in 2014 so come and grab yourself a great bargain!

On the 27th and 28th December ONLY we will be running the following in store discounts:

  • Spend over £100 on courses and receive a 10% discount
  • Spend over £150 on diving equipment and receive a 20% discount
  • Spend over £200 on camera, video or computers and receive a 10% discount

No other promotion can be used in conjunction with these promotions.
Promotion ends 18:00 on the 28th December.
Promotion applies to in-store stock items only.
Courses to be completed within 6 months of purchase.

Last Minute Rush? Then a DiveStyle gift voucher is just the ticket!

Struggling for ideas?

Then a DiveStyle gift voucher is just the ticket!

A gift voucher can be used for anything at DiveStyle, from courses to servicing.

We will customise the gift certificate with your pictures and messages so your loved ones have a personalised gift to open on Christmas morning.

Gift certificates start from only £5.

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On the 15th day or Christmas, my true love said to me……

Spend less get more!

Until the 24th December 2014 we will give you a free £5 voucher for every £50 voucher you buy (or multiples of). E.g. Buy a £50 get a £5 voucher free, buy a £100 voucher get £10 voucher free!

Get the idea? The more you spend the more you earn!

http://www.onlinescubashop.co.uk/gift-vouchers-8-c.asp

Offer ends the 24th December 2014 at 12:00

On the 14th day of Christmas my true love said to me…….

Full Open Water Course PLUS Drysuit Speciality for £429.00!

Come and see me in the wild!

Come and see me in the wild!

www.onlinescubashop.co.uk – Open Water Course

Just select the drysuit for £30! in the promotion box

Offer ends 18:00 14-12-13
Payment to made at time of booking
Course to be completed within 6 months of booking
Offer supersedes all other OW Offers
Offer is for OW Bronze only
Drysuit to be completed as part of OW course