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Because of the lighting conditions underwater, strobes are an essential
tool for getting good photographic results. The light levels tend to be
low, so the strobe adds some light for you. But much more important is the
issue of color. Since the water eats up the colors in sunlight, starting
with red and working down the spectrum as you go deeper, everything
appears drab and bluish. Your eye compensates for to some degree, but
photographic film isn't as flexible. The only way to render the reef in
its "natural" colors is to take a piece of the sun underwater
with you. That piece of the sun is a strobe.
Strobe use is relatively easy, but there are several technical issue of
which you need to be aware. There are also some techniques you can use to
get the most from your strobe.
This section is designed to help you master your strobe so you can use
it effectively. The section comes in 4 chapters, 3 of which address a
major topic in strobe use. The 4th covers some common problems you might
encounter while diving and photographing with your strobe.