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S.U.P.E.R. Part 11: Vivid-Pix Picture-Fix Software

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In our ongoing series S.U.P.E.R. (Scubaverse’s Underwater Photography Equipment Reviews), Nick and Caroline Robertson Brown from Frogfish Photography review new underwater photography equipment, general diving equipment, and some older favourites too. 

For the eleventh instalment of S.U.P.E.R., Nick and Caroline take a look at the Vivid-Pix Picture-Fix Software.

Vivid-Pix have created a very simple piece of software to use that has been designed especially for underwater images. If you want a simple, “one-click” solution to improve your images, then this might be for you. You can even edit multiple images at once, so if you have a series of very green or blue, washed out looking images, you can process them all in a couple of minutes.

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Once you have selected your image(s) to edit, the software gives you a grid of 9 different images so that you can select which one you like best. The software adjusts colour, brightness, contrast and sharpness. Once you have selected your preferred option, both the original and the edited version of the image are opened up in the software. You can then make further adjustments, such as rotating, cropping, converting to black and white, and tweaking the colours, brightness and contrast. Most of the controls are done using sliders that allow you to move back and forth on each setting until you are happy. You can compare your corrections to the original (in the left hand panel) and see if you like your work.

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Once you are satisfied with the image you have, simply select the button marked Save Vivid-Pix and the image will be saved into the same folder with a different name, so that you still have your original file too.

This software is not aimed at the serious underwater photographer, but at divers who like to take photos on their dives and want a quick and easy way to improve their underwater images. It can only process jpg files, and does not offer a huge array of editing tools that more expensive and complicated software on the market do. But it is simple and fun to use.

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The website has video tutorials to talk you through how to use the software, and you will pick it up in minutes as it really is intuitive to use. The price is $49.99 (approx. £35) and you can see if you like before buying the software by using a 30 day trial option.

Be sure to give it a try (and you can even win a copy of the software in the Scubaverse monthly photo contest).

For more information visit www.vivid-pix.com.

To find out more about Nick and Caroline and Frogfish Photography, visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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