Maui Photography Blog

Sea and Sea MDX Nikon Z7II Housing

I have relied on Nexus Underwater Housings for nine different Nikon cameras. Recently, I upgraded from the D850, to the Mirrorless Z7II. As it happens Nexus is not making new camera housings and I needed to select a different brand. Change is not easy when it comes to underwater equipment as a housing is a…

Pack Smart. Don’t forget important items and documents.

Can you imagine traveling to an exotic destination and upon arrival realize you left something important at home. I have been leading groups for a long time and can tell you that about 15 percent of people forget something. Maui, is a tropical paradise, but it does not have a sophisticated camera store, so if…

Important camera setting for Nikon Z7II, underwater photography.

I am a long time Nikon user and create several different kind of photographs. Accordingly the settings I use for underwater wide angle reef scenics and macro images are different than those selected for portraits of people on the beach, or landscape portraits. When creating landscape portraits, using live view allows me to see the…

Balance is an essential part of composition

There are many aspects of composition. The most popular include the rule of thirds, lines that repeat, geometric shapes, and s-curves. Each of these by design leads the viewers eye into the scene, to the subject, and then out of frame. The amount and use of negative space varies as to the subject and environment,…

Once in a life time whale adventure

Leading tours and working as a photo pro, has exposed me to some incredible boats and resorts. But, it was not always like that. When I first started out and wanted to travel and dive, and I did it as cheaply as possible. I ended up on a few questionable boats not to mention, suffered…

Macro or wide angle underwater photography. Which to learn first?

When divers think about starting underwater photography they have many questions. One of the most common is what to learn first – Macro or Wide Angle. As an experienced underwater photographer, I recommend learning Macro first. The reason for this is that it is easier to create good macro images while learning underwater photography. While…

Swimming with whales is now a thing.

I live in Hawaii, where Humpback Whales migrate in mass each year to mate and give birth. While there are plenty of whales around, the Marine Mammal Act, makes it illegal to approach a whale within 100 yards. So its not allowed to approach the whales let alone get in the water with them. As…

Upcoming Master Class program on whales for Ocean Geographic

I was recently asked by Michael Aw, the founder of Ocean Geographic to do a program on whales. So, I prepared a presentation and will give it Nov 5th, 2021. The time is 2 PM Hawaii time. The event will be recorded to make it easier for people around the world and in different time…

Ambient light wide angle underwater water photography with flash.

When creating wide angle reef scenic style portraits, the idea is to show the subject in its environment. The technique that works well for me is to meter the background and set the exposure. Then determine the light needed to illuminate the foreground. So this style of image has two steps. Metering for exposure and…

Ambient light underwater photography

I get asked questions by people with GoPros, cellphones, point and shoot, and DSLR cameras. One of the most common is, how to great images while snorkeling using only ambient light. Creating stunning portraits without using flash is quite possible. Below, are the steps to follow. These images were all created using shutter priority and…