So, you've upgraded your cell phone and are wondering what to do with your old one??? How about turning it into an underwater camera!
Of course you can use your latest and greatest personal devices like ReefID does but, older phones still make great cameras if you are not quite comfortable with taking your entire digital life underwater. The same great pictures and video you took on land can also be taken underwater by putting your phone, or even your iPad in a reliable housing. For the next 45 days, the folks at Watershot and iDive have graciously provided some incredible personal device housing perks to enhance ReefID's first ever Indiegogo campaign.
For a few bucks more than you can buy these items through retail channels, you could help support ReefID's efforts to develop our latest and greatest technology while scoring a new piece of equipment that can enhance your aquatic adventures. New technology ReefID is currently working on will be used in personal device housings to take pictures of ocean inhabitants and automatically identifiy them while making them available to share with others.
Please join us as we use digital images to engage and inspire ocean advocates by claiming one of our Indiegogo device housing perks and start taking underwater images like the ones in this article. If you're not quite ready to take your device underwater but still want to help, please share this article with as many people as you can. Thanks for your support!
Cell Phones Underwater - Just Add Light
By John Fifer
The cellular devices we take with us everywhere can capture fantastic topside images that can immediately be shared with others through our social media channels. What if we took these same devices underwater?
Housings are now readily available for multiple iPhone and Samsung devices that provide users with basic control of camera functions to roughly 150’. Companies like Watershot, iDive, SeaShell and i-DiveSite are pioneering technology that helps the average Joe take great pictures underwater with the devices they use everyday.
If you have ever tried to take images underwater, you know it is not as easy as simply taking a camera underwater to get good shots. Even the best cameras taken underwater need a little help to work their magic. Water can play tricks on any camera and the brilliant colors we are mesmerized by have a tendency to appear in multiple shades of blue.
One simple solution we used to help our underwater cell phone images go from blue to brilliant was to just add light. By using quality lighting solutions provided by Light and Motion, ReefID’s initial cell phone housing reviews have produced some fantastic results.
For our tests, we used both Sola 1200s and Light & Motion's new GoBe 700 wides. Both products we used to illuminate our subjects helped mimic topside lighting, and gave us the ability to introduce creative shading options. A tray and arm system provided by Ultralight Control Systems provied us with multiple angles to direct our light and add drama and texture to our images. Multiple power levels on the Solas and GoBes gave us the ability to shoot close, far and even switch to video if we wanted. This flexibility gave us the ability to focus mainly on finding subjects we wanted to shoot.
Once topside, sharing the fun we had was as simple logging into our social media accounts and posting. No post processing was used for any of the images in this article. In order to give you a good idea of what your phone can do, these images are straight from our cell phone to you.
Caribbean Reef App
ReefID's Caribbean Reef App for iPhone operating systems is available now and ready for download. (*Android)
With ReefID's Caribbean Reef App, users can Identify and share Marine Life along with other attractions found in the Caribbean.
New content added regularly includes Additional Marine Life and Landbased Attractions found in the Caribbean including:
* Android version is in beta and will be released shortly.
Start Them Young
By John Fifer
As the due date drew near for the arrival of my first child, I couldn’t help but think about sharing my love for the ocean with the newest member of my family. These thoughts propelled me to seek out family oriented activities and programs that will engage and inspire my son, as well as, keep me in the water.
Although appreciation for the ocean and all its inhabitants can be learned at any age, sharing your personal appreciation with children can be very rewarding and establish the foundation for a lifelong love for the ocean.
One of the organizations I came across in my search that stood out above all others was Kids Sea Camp Family Dive Adventures. Kids Sea Camp Family Dive Adventures is an organization that helps people with children start, continue, or reenter the world of underwater adventure with their entire family. By providing family focused environments set in exotic dive destinations, Kids Sea Camp Family Dive Adventures provides parents with ways to share their passion for the ocean with their children that is both educational and fun for everyone.