Red Filter or Not?
When I started my underwater photography / videography I did what most people did. I grabbed my GoPro camera, placed it on a stick and went diving. The photos were ok but I spent a lot of time in photoshop or adobe premiere trying to get the colors back, especially red. After spending countless hours fixing photographs I started my search for a better solution. The first search came up with one filter you just put on your camera and it added a little red back into the image. But depending upon how deep I was diving, there was not enough red or too much red in the images. Searching the internet more I came across a product called Flip 3.1 from backscatter. This allowed me to have 2 different filters mounted on my camera at one time so I could have a dark red for those 50+ foot dive and a less red that was for shallower dives. The first time I used the Flip system it did not go the way I wanted. The lens floated around in the water coming in and out of the frame but soon realized that was my problem. If you pull the filters back all the way they snap into place to keep this from occurring. However this also gave me one of those shots here that showed me how much difference the filters really change the photo.
Made from aircraft grade aluminum, this allows me to attach 2 filters at one time, so I can switch between different red densities. The 3 filters that came with the system is Shallow, less than 20′, Medium 20-50′ and Deep of 50+’, additionally there is another filter made especially for fresh water.