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Meet Our Club: Northern Underwater Photography Club

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What is the name of your club?

Northern Underwater Photography Group

Where is your club based?

Our members are from across the North of England and Wales. Our monthly meetings are in Manchester.

Club affiliations (i.e. BSAC, PADI, SAA, etc.)

None, we have divers from all agencies and all levels; the passion we share is for underwater photography, be they images taken in the sea, in a rockpool or a quarry.

Where and when do you meet?

Above the Gurkha Grill, on the second Monday of every month. Click here for location.

How do you respond to the challenge of recruiting new members?

We have a specific section for compact cameras in our monthly competitions. We organise underwater photography print competitions and our splash-in event which are “Open to All”.  This year we are planning to do a couple of come and meet us dives, one in a quarry and one coastal. We welcome all divers, both those that like diving in UK waters and those that prefer warmer climates.

Our speakers and topics are chosen so that they will interest both new and current members. Our website is updated with various information regarding our upcoming meetings, competitions, meeting reports and other information. When we have a particular “famous” speaker we try and advertise this as widely as possible via the diving community using Facebook as our main contact point.

What facilities and resources does the club use/have?

Our main way of recruiting members is through word of mouth via the northern based diving community, but our greatest resource is our members’ knowledge and experience coupled with their willingness to share that with those who would like to learn! We have a private meeting room above The Gurkha Grill for our meetings and our own projector and screen.

What sort of diving do you do, and where?

Being an underwater photography club, we all like to dive to take photos, however it’s varied as we have divers who like to photograph in deep or shallow water, as well as photographing rust and/or squidge! Whatever diving you’re in to, you’re bound to find someone in the NUPG that is interested in doing the same.

Do you organise any club trips abroad, and if so, where?

We haven’t as yet organised a trip abroad, although we may do in the future.  As we are an underwater photography club based in the UK we also love to showcase what the UK has to offer! We do have members that have lots of experience in diving abroad and know lots of dive locations that are perfect for underwater photography.

Does your club have any special interests such as conservation, special projects, etc?

We love to support marine conservation charities in any way we can. We sponsor shark trust adoption certificates as our prizes for some competitions. Many of our members try and raise the awareness of over fishing, exploitation of our oceans and the menace of plastics in the environment.

Does your club have any claims to fame or any particularly interesting stories… or members?

We’re always proud to see our members doing well in various underwater photography competitions like the British and Irish Underwater Photography Competition, as well as local competitions like the St Abbs and Eyemouth Splash In. We often get well known speakers from the underwater photography diving community for our monthly talks.

What are the club’s plans for the future?

To try and reach out to more beginners. We never want people to think that they’re not good enough to join. The club is open to underwater photographers of all abilities, especially beginners! We may try and organise a photo diving trip in the future and we are looking at ways to update and increase the information available via our website.

Where can people find out more about your club?

Our website: www.nupg.org.uk/

Our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/northernunderwaterphotographygroup/

Finally… if you could sum up your club in just one sentence, what would it be?

We love taking underwater photographs… if you are interested in underwater photography you will be made welcome!

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Nauticam announce NA-A7C Housing for Sony a7C Camera

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Sony’s latest full frame mirrorless camera, the a7C offers the underwater image maker one of the most compact and travel friendly full frame systems available on the market today.  The a7C features Sony’s latest stellar autofocus and a much improved battery life thanks to its use of the larger Z series battery. The BIONZ X processor delivers superb low-light performance and faster image processing. For video shooters, the a7C features internal UHD 4K capture in the wide-dynamic range HLG image profile at up to 30p.

Nauticam has housed more mirrorless cameras, and more Sony E Mount cameras than any other housing manufacturer. This experience results in the most evolved housing line with broadest range of accessories available today.

Pioneering optical accessories elevate performance to a new level. Magnifying viewfinders, the sharpest super macro accessory lenses ever made, and now the highest quality water contact wide angle lenses (the WWL-1B and WACP-1) combine with the NA-A7C housing to form a complete imaging system.

Nauticam is known for ergonomics, and an unmatched experience. Key controls are placed at the photographer’s fingertips. The housing and accessories are light weight, and easy to assemble. The camera drops in without any control presetting, and lens port changes are effortless.

NA-A7C features an integrated handle system. This ergonomic style provides exceptional control access, even with thick gloves, with ideal placement of the shutter release and a thumb-lever to actuate the AF-ON button from the right handle.

Nauticam build quality is well known by underwater photographers around the globe. The housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water corrosion. Marine grade stainless and plastic parts complete the housing, and it is backed by a two year warranty against manufacturing defects.

For more information in the UK visit the Nauticam website by clicking here.

For more information in the USA visit the Nauticam website by clicking here.

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INON announce SD Front Mask and M67 filter adapters for GoPro Hero 8 and Hero 9

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The new SD Front Mask enables users to enjoy dedicated the semi-fisheye lens (the UFL-G140SD) which increases the underwater angle of view and minimises shooting distance.  It also enables users to attach the dedicated wide close-up lens (the UCL-G165SD) which provides ideal coverage and shooting distance for taking video of marine life.

The M67 Filter Adapters allow underwater videographers to attach the INON UW Variable Red Filter to easily obtain natural colour without a blue/green colour cast. To learn more about these filters watch the video below.

No need to bring couple of filters underwater and swap them depending on depth. It is easy to adjust colour tone simply by turning the filter edge and stop turning when you see appropriate white balance on your screen.

For more information visit the INON UK website by clicking here.

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