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Free E-book: How Do I Get Great Vacation Photos?

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Innovative photo software brand Vivid-Pix have launched a handy free e-book guide to taking better photos. Entitled “How Do I Get Great Vacation Photos?” the guide compares results when shooting underwater subjects with more than a dozen smartphone, cameras and underwater housings using a variety of different settings, filters and image correction software. The article shows how easy it is to get photos from smartphones that are as clear and sharp as cameras – and, which cameras are able to get better results, too.

“Our goal was to help sort out which phone or camera is best for vacations, with particular focus on the feature that attracts much of the attention … taking them into the water, many without the necessity of additional waterproof protection,” says Rick Voight, CEO of Vivid-Pix.

“Adventure cameras and cell phones that can go into the water are what drew the attention of the two of us,” adds tester and Professional Photographer Sandy Sondrol. “We both make livings in jobs that involve cameras in water, so we tackled the challenge of comparing lots of these devices to help consumers make a more informed choice.”

Included are many of the biggest names in amateur photo and underwater photo:

  • Apple iPhone 7
  • Backscatter (color correcting filters for GoPro)
  • Canon, SL1, G7X11
  • Cathy Church’s Photo Centre
  • Cayman University Divers
  • Digital Imaging Reporter
  • DryCase (phone case)
  • Fantasea (housings with Canon and Sony cameras)
  • Fujifilm XP90
  • GoPro Hero 4
  • Ikelite (housings with Olympus and Canon cameras)
  • Lobster Pot Dive Center
  • Olympus TG-4
  • Nikon Key Mission 170
  • Ricoh WG-M2
  • Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge
  • Sealife, Micro HD, DC2000
  • Sony, RX100V, RX100IV
  • Sunset House
  • The Imaging Alliance
  • Ultralight Control Systems
  • ValsTech (LenzO iPhone housing)
  • Margaux Maes (Vivid-Pix mermaid)

The article includes comparative photos, product features and specifications and comes ahead of the early-July release of Vivid-Pix’s latest software. Vivid-Pix software is available to download from Vivid-Pix, Apple iTunes, and Vivid-Pix affiliate stores. There are also free trial versions available.

Download the free e-book and find out more information on the Vivid-Pix website here.

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Introducing the Mares Magnetic Connector BCD Accessory

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The innovative magnetic securing system by Mares is the ultimate way to connect your diving accessories and equipment. Gone are the days of dangling hoses and lost dive lights. The Magnetic Connector is a versatile and unique system that includes many uses such as an octopus and console holder, torch/dive light hook, camera attachment, and much more!

The Magnetic Connector’s simple yet effective design allows you to quickly find the connection site,
especially when the connection point is not easily visible. The audible “click” of the attachment
also lends assurance that everything is securely connected. The advanced engineering of the
mechanical closure system locks the fastened item in place safely and reliably. It can hold over
60kg (132 lbs.) of equipment.

The Magnetic Connector’s compact design not only keeps your diving accessories secure but as
streamlined as possible. In fact, the Magnetic Connector is even shorter than a double-ended
carabiner and just as easy to install. By simply unscrewing the connector’s head, the threaded pin
can easily connect to all BCD D-rings.

Another valuable benefit is its 360-degree free rotation, which allows for the perfect placement of
your equipment and accessories. The free-swiveling ball head also allows the connector to tilt in
every direction for maximum comfort. The Magnetic Connector is currently available in two color
options, black and yellow.

Although it is rugged and extremely secure, Mares still made it easy to use by allowing divers to connect and disconnect their equipment to it, not just single-handedly, but with the use of only two fingers! The Magnetic Connector is simple, quick, and safe. It unlocks quickly even under a full load and is the smartest alternative to a carabiner.

Features:

  • SIMPLE AND SECURE
  • FAST AND EASY MAGNETIC CONNECTION
  • SINGLE-HANDED USE
  • 360° FREE-SWIVELLING
  • SAFE UNLOCKING, EVEN WITH A FULL LOAD
  • DESIGNED TO ATTACH TO ALL BCD D-RINGS
  • HIGH-QUALITY, STURDY MATERIALS

For more information visit the Mares website by clicking here.

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Hammond Drysuits launch CoreTek Base

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For those times when you need to layer up, or for warmer days when you need something lighter just to take the cool edge off the air temperature, the next must have item for your kit bag is the CoreTek Base from Hammond Drysuits.

The CoreTek Base has been designed to be worn next to the skin. It is the perfect extra layer for those cooler days, and the ideal layer on its own for the warmer ones.

CoreTek Base features:

  • 100% Polyester for easy care
  • Snug fit for superior warmth
  • Brushed fabric for maximum comfort
  • Longer length to remain tucked in to keep warm

Our three-piece undersuits, CoreTek and CoreTek X, have been well received by customers since their launch in 2018,” comments Chris Hammond Managing Director for Hammond Drysuits. “Customer feedback has resulted in us reviewing the layers in order to extend the temperature range they are
effective in. As our clients sail and scuba dive around the world, water and air temperatures vary, and this is the layer we have been missing from our product range.”

Sizing: Unisex Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and XXL
Available: Now
Price: £14.95

For more information visit the Hammond Drysuits website by clicking here.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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