Read About Our Mayan Adventure

Joel and Jen were asked to co-lead an underwater photography expedition with Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo to the Cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula in July. Read about our adventure and see some guests’ images from the visually stunning Cenotes!

Event Coverage From The 2014 Digital Shootout

Joel & Jen recently returned from The Cayman Islands, on assignment working The 2014 Digital Shootout. Check out the full event coverage with photos, videos, gear tests and contest results!

The Ultimate Resource For The Bird’s Head Seascape Region

Newmediasoup LLC launches a new web site! birdsheadseascape.com
This web site is the ultimate resource for anyone traveling to this specific region in Indonesia. Rich with maps, photos, videos and articles related to the area, it is a complete guide for those on holiday, conservationists on assignment or scientists interested in the bio-diversity of the area.

Almost The Cover!

For the April 2014 issue of Sport Diver magazine, Joel and Jen are on the Contents Page. This image was taken by Joel with his Canon 1DC camera, capturing Jen while scuba diving in Taj Mahal cenote on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Komodo Underwater Images Featured In Wetpixel’s Full Frame

Wetpixel is the premiere community web site dedicated to underwater photography and videography. Some of Jennifer’s wide angle underwater images from a recent trip to Komodo have been selected and featured in Wetpixel’s Full Frame. She is honored to be showcased among some of the underwater photography community’s top image makers.

Underwater Imaging Article in Scuba Diver TTL Magazine

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*UPDATE*
This article can now be viewed online!

Newmediasoup is pleased to announce that we have a featured article in the current issue of Scuba Diver TTL Magazine! Our article, called Underwater Hero, shares techniques and tips to get the best results from your GoPro Hero3 underwater.

Editing Images Over Time

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For editing all of our still images, we use Adobe Lightroom. It is a powerful and user-friendly software program, especially for underwater photography. Let me digress for a moment… ALL photographers edit their images in post to some degree. Of course, you attempt to hone your craft and shoot good-great images in camera, but sometimes, for whatever numerous reasons, it just doesn’t happen perfectly all the time. In Lightroom, you can adjust your images minimally or significantly, depending on how you saw it, or want to see it.

Earlier today, I was looking at some underwater images taken a couple of years ago. With time, one’s perspective changes, skills improve and so do software programs. Here are some examples of the power of Lightroom. The examples on the left show the original image, very minimally processed. The examples on the right show a huge difference, making one global change to the image only. Not only does it pay-off to occassionally look at those older images with a fresh set of eyes, but also to keep current on skills and software updates!

Just Returned From the Eastern Fields of Papua New Guinea Aboard the M.V. Golden Dawn

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Scuba diving and underwater photography in Papua New Guinea ia an adventure. Scuba diving and underwater photography in the Eastern Fields of Papua New Guinea is an adventurous adventure… think of the theme song to Indiana Jones! The Eastern Fields are approximately 120 nautical miles southwest of Port Moresby, in the northern Coral Sea. These sunken atolls offer the scuba diver an extraordinary experience to explore these reefs, with less than 75 people annually who are fortunate enough to dive these waters aboard the M.V. Golden Dawn. Endless varities of hard corals in garden formations, colorful soft corals, ginormous fans and gorgonians, zillions of reef fish, schools of jacks, barracudas and unicornfish and reef sharks all inhabit these unspoiled, pristine reefs, rich in nutients.

Traveling with our good friends, Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo¬†Joel and I spent 14 nights aboard the M.V. Golden Dawn, who’s captain and crew treated us to spectacular diving, kept us comfotable and well fed for the duration. The daily schedule went something like this: wake up, eat first breakfast (usually coffee, toast, fruit and/or cold cereal), DIVE, eat second breakfast (usually eggs of some sort or pancakes with more coffee), DIVE, eat lunch (soup, salad, sandwich or pasta), nap/relax, soak up some vitamin D, work on post-processing images in the afternoon, DIVE, afternoon snack (freshly baked cake/tart and coffee), optional night DIVE, dinner (simple but tasty meals made each day on the boat), then socializing or early-to-bed to do it all again the next day. Based on individual preferences and what your dive computer would allow, you could dive more or less each day. Diving in the Eastern Fields is not for the recreational diver or the feint of heart. Currents are often very strong, and were often described by our boat mates as “rrrrripping!”. But it’s those currents that provide the rich nutrients to the reefs, keeping the marine life thriving… great images for the underwater photographer to capture in stills or video.