Here's How: Inward Lighting & Black Backgrounds

Here's How: Inward Lighting & Black Backgrounds

Perhaps the most frequently asked question I get at the photo workshops I run is how to get a black background on a macro image. For most beginner macro photographers, the natural assumption is the images they see with the jet black backgrounds must have been made on a night dive. The truth is, they are usually done in full daylight…and creating a black background is one of the easiest techniques in underwater macro photography.

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Photographer Profile: POCO.CN

China Calling...

So I received an email one morning via the contact me page on my website and at first glance it looks like spam. Before I hit the delete key I read it and see that an editor from a Chinese website called POCO.CN is contacting me to ask about doing and interview and a profile. Hmmm...still seems like spam, but I figure cannot hurt to reply and see who might be on the other end of the email.

Well it turns out the email was not spam. It was the real deal, and I was asked if I would be interested in doing an interview and supplying a collection of my underwater images for publication on a Chinese photography website. Sure. Why not?

So it took a bit of back-and-forth for the questions and my replies and the revisions and the edits...not to mention I had two photo workshops that I was running in Socorro, Mexico, then another in Anilao, Philippines...but once it was all said and done, the profile went live. Have a look for yourself...I hope you like it.

POCO.CN Profile of Underwater Photographer, Erik Lukas

I had a great time working with the team at POCO.CN, and cannot thank them enough for posting the profile and my images. 

Lightroom Tips & Tricks: Adjusting Tones Using the Histogram

How to: Histograms for Underwater Photographs

Looking for some time saving shortcuts? How about a way to make fine adjustments easily?

Here is a new article of mine published on the Underwater Photography Guide where I share a few techniques that I use to make adjustments to the tone curve and exposure of my images when using Adobe's using the Histogram.

Several new articles and product reviews are in the pipeline. Hope you enjoy!

Divers hang at the crest of the reef. 20m depth on one side....1000m to the other. West Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands.

Divers hang at the crest of the reef. 20m depth on one side....1000m to the other. West Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands.