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Backscatter Publishes How-To Article on Strobe Placement
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, September 2, 2020 @ 08:30 AM (EST)

If there’s one thing in underwater photography that fills the beginner with dread it is surely figuring out how to take pictures with flash. Or as Jim Decker puts it in Backscatter’s latest article: Where the %$#@! do I put my strobes?

Shooting with artificial light is a necessary evil, however, so understanding strobe placement is an absolutely essential skill. Jim’s taught his fair share of underwater photography students that very skill, and in “The Zen of Underwater Strobe Placement,” he condenses all of that knowledge into a comprehensive article that is both educational and entertaining.

After tackling the basics, Jim uses a series of classic examples to demonstrate strobe positioning, each with sample underwater images and pictures showing the configuration of an underwater rig—as well as employing some memorable sketches and names to describe them. Indeed, we reckon there’s a good chance that Jim’s names for strobe positions—The Frankenstein, The Princess Leia, Bark At The Moon, among others—are going to become household terms!



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