Our Objective

To promote underwater photography, provide opportunities for divers to nurture photography skills, and increase marine environmental appreciation to all through this medium.’ 

Origins

In January 2010, a small group of divers with an avid passion for underwater photography began meeting regularly to share their images, in-camera and photo editing skills. 
Interest grew and Snappers’ Underwater Photography Inc was formed in March 2012. 

We continue to grow – mentoring, learning and sharing, while having fun. 
Who knows what each photographer can achieve with their acquired skills, and the group’s support.

We meet at South Newcastle Leagues Club on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm.

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Sharpening in Photoshop

  1. OPEN in photoshop (you can do this from Bridge if working in RAW)
  2. Make your adjustments cropping, levels etc
  3. Sharpening (the last thing you do before saving)
  4. Right click on image in the layers panel (right hand side of screen)
  5. Click ‘Convert to Smart Object’
  6. Go to ‘Filter’ on the top
  7. Select ‘Sharpen’ then ‘Smart Sharpen’
  8. Select ‘Lens Blur’
  9. At 100% zoom pick a good area to view
  10. Click ‘More Accurate’
  11. Adjust the ‘Radius’ and ‘Amount’
  12. Click and hold on the image to see before, release for after
  13. Click ‘Advanced’ and you can adjust shadows and highlights using the sliders
  14. When happy, Click ‘OK’
  15. Wait while changes are made. (You can go back into the layer and readjust)
  16. To preserve tones –double click on the icon (looks like a level) 
  17. Wait for the window to load. Scroll down to ‘Luminosity’. Select. Click ‘OK’
  18. You can also brush over areas to further reduce sharpening by using the ‘Opacity’ tab in the window and brushing over them using black colour.
  19. To save as an object that can be edited – Right Click on the layer. Select ‘Export Contents’. Name the file and save it (There is only one option to save as a PBS file which goes into the same folder as the original image so you can at any time, reopen this file and make changes without loss of data.) SAVE IT.
  20. Close the image.
  21. Reopen the image and save it as a TIFF or JPG etc (The pic is no longer a smart object so keep the PBS file in case you want to make other adjustments).

by Kate Tinson, May 15, 2019

Results for competitions in April – Open

There were 4 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Ian Medcalf – 1st Place
Open Digital

Kate Tinson – Highly Commended
Open Digital

Di Pacey – 2nd Place
Open Digital

Ian Marriner – 3rd Place
Open Digital

by Kate Tinson, May 15, 2019

Competitions in April – Open are closing soon!

Competitions in April – Open will close Monday, 29th April 2019, 12:00 AM.

Entries can be made in the following areas:

  • Open Digital

All members are encouraged to enter.

by system account, April 26, 2019

Results for competitions in March – Temperate Waters

There were 6 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Di Pacey – Highly Commended
SetSubject Digital

Edi Payrleitner – Highly Commended
SetSubject Digital

Edi Payrleitner – 2nd Place
SetSubject Digital

Trevor Howard – 1st Place
SetSubject Digital

Ashley Smith – Highly Commended
SetSubject Digital

William Wright – 3rd Place
SetSubject Digital

by Kate Tinson, April 10, 2019

2019 Snappers Winners

Congratulations to our 2018/19 photo competition winners. Well deserved.

1st Place – Ian Marriner

2nd Place – Will Wright

Thank you to everyone for the wonderful images over the last 12 months. Looking forward to your new point score year of entries which starts this month (April).

by Kate Tinson, April 10, 2019

Picnic Lunch Sunday 7th April

Hi Everyone,

I know a lot of you will be diving the high tide this sunday and thought it would be a great opportunity to get together for an informal BYO picnic/ lunch at the Fly Point reserve after high tide. I hope to see you there.

by Ian Medcalf, April 2, 2019

East v’s West Photo Shootout

Just a reminder that next weekend, starting at 5pm Friday 5th April through to sunday 7th April at midnight, we will be having the inaugural Snappers v’s WAUPS shootout. Please see all of the competition rules including the link to upload entries via the attached link below:-

It would be great to see as many members as possible enter photos in this competition and make it an ongoing success.

http://waups.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/snappers-v-waups-2019-comp-rules.pdf

by Ian Medcalf, March 31, 2019

Competitions in March – Temperate Waters are closing soon!

Competitions in March – Temperate Waters will close Monday, 1st April 2019, 12:00 AM.

Entries can be made in the following areas:

  • SetSubject Digital

All members are encouraged to enter.

by system account, March 29, 2019

Results for competitions in February – Open

There were 8 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Hans Staub – Highly Commended
Open Digital

Hans Staub – Highly Commended
Open Digital

Kate Tinson – Highly Commended
Open Digital

Kate Tinson – 2nd Place
Open Digital

Deon Viljeon – Highly Commended
Open Digital

Di Pacey – 2nd Place
Open Digital

Ashley Smith – Highly Commended
Open Digital

William Wright – 1st Place
Open Digital

by Ashley Smith, March 14, 2019

Results for competitions in January

There were 6 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Edi Payrleitner – 3rd place
SetSubject Digital Natural Light – no lights or strobes

Ian Marriner – Highly Commended
SetSubject Digital Natural Light – no lights or strobes

Denise Keavy – Highly Commended
SetSubject Digital Natural Light – no lights or strobes

Denise Keavy – Highly Commended
SetSubject Digital Natural Light – no lights or strobes

Di Pacey – 1st place
SetSubject Digital Natural Light – no lights or strobes

Chris Latham – 2nd place
SetSubject Digital Natural Light – no lights or strobes

by MyPhotoClub Colin, February 14, 2019