Underwater photography and their websites
In the early year of underwater photography (UWP) there were only diving clubs, and a handful diving magazines, such as Skin Diver from the US and Tauchen from Germany. That was it. No internet and with only a few scuba divers using UW cameras like the Rolleimarin and the Nikonos to explore the oceans. The scene has now changed dramatically and numerous websites are available to search for interesting new products, techniques for macro and wide angle shooting and even book your diving holidays, The sites often have the opportunity to chat and receive feedback from experts or other UWP soul mates. The great impulse behind this development was of course the growing market for underwater photography equipment: the digital camera, new camera housings and lenses in different ranges, UW lighting and numerous gadgets to help you setting up your favorite combo. Let me mention some of these sites that I found helpful myself.
Wetpixel is one site that is remarkable because its not specifically linked to a specific product on the market and it allows a free exchange of ideas between the photographers and experts, some of them working for the market and some not. Other commercial sites whose primary aim is to sell a product are often happy to answer your questions and give you an advise even if there is no immediate company profit involved. Among these I would like to mention Bluewater Underwater Photography (with their own Underwater Photography Guide, UPG), Backscatter, and in Holland Onderwaterhuis.nl Some of these companies als organise their own UWP trips or workshops.
I should also mention DPG (Dive Photo Guide); these people are not selling anything but provide information on UWP hardware and techniques. Scuba travel from London is a diving travel organisation with a great reputation for organising UWP workshops on live aboards in the northern and southern Red Sea, most of them led by Alex Mustard (see picture above of a summer workshop in the Sharm area). Their trips and vessels are tailored to meet the demands of the UW photographer in terms of friendliness, expertise and excellent choice of diving sites. And last but not least there is Peter Rowlands free bimontly magazine UwP which is always a pleasure to read, with many new products and gadgets but also informative background articles.