It’s been a long time coming, but one move back to Vernon, a training exercise and mess function with the army and adjusting to a new pace of life with my girlfriend moving in, here’s a short on tips and tricks with shooting with the Nikon L22 in an Ikelite Housing!
I may have mentioned in the past that getting used to the button lay out on this housing is important. This is because the buttons aren’t labeled and fumbling with it can cost you a perfect shot as you hover by your target. The key two to memorize are flash and macro. When switching between video and photo modes, macro does not carry over so you may find you need to reset it. When diving in darker waters, or in clear tropical waters, you may find your camera using or not using the flash when you need it. Quickly being able to change the flash to “always” or “never” can be quite advantageous.
Like many divers, I can only afford a big purchase every so often (in my case, usually after a long army related activity). Therefore, like many others, I dream of one day having a strobe system for my camera, in addition to a fish eye lens and wide angle lens. Until then, I make due with the built in settings and my primary dive light. One of my favourite tricks is to illuminate my photo target with my UK C8 light, then with the camera set to “no flash”, snap a nice shot. An unanticipated bonus of this low tech solution to lighting is some truly unique and fantastic looking shots, particularly with translucent or semi-translucent animals.
For care and maintenance, ensure the o-ring is well lubricated without being overly lubricated. I use opti-clean wipes or kim wipes to clean the aperture used by the camera. The proper use of moisture absorbing packs cannot be overstated either. Moisture is the enemy of electronics, and can ruin a dive’s worth of photos, even if you had the unit in a cool bucket of water. This is even more important in cold water, where the difference between surface and bottom temperature can be quite drastic. Past that, keep your housing stored out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. The camera itself fits rather nicely in a small pelican case, keeping it safe between uses.
This weekend will see a photo update and a general update on recent goings on!