Have you ever taken underwater photo’s and videos only to have them look very blue? This was my problem and for the longest time and I thought it was the cameras I was using, so I kept looking for better camera equipment. What I have recently discovered is that the best investment you can make in underwater photography and videography gear is not the camera or the housing, but the lights that you use. There are plenty of lights to pick from, strobes and flashes for photography, and other lights for videography, but for me, what I have found works best are Light and Motion Sola lights that can mount to my camera housing via a tray. When I need the lights, I turn them on, and then when not using them I turn them off to conserve the battery life. With this method, I found that I can do 3 full dives and have juice left over after shooting a lot of video and photographs.
These lights provide a very rich color that works great even with my Sony TX7 entry level underwater camera. I can’t wait to try them out with the Sony NEX7 in a Nauticam housing which I will be doing at the 2012 Digital Shootout in Little Cayman this June. I highly recommend that if you are serious about underwater photography or videography to pick up some of these Light and Motion lights.
These LED lights can illuminate a wide or narrow beam of light with three different intensities to create many lighting modes as well as extend battery life of the lights under water. Charging the lights is fairly quick and easy to see what the current state of the battery life is both while charging as well as while using the lights.