Internal mounting Auto-Magic filter
The Auto-Magic filter was designed for digital compact cameras, but works equally well on video and all digital cameras. The internal mounting filter is available in a single size (50x50mm, 2"x2" square) that can be easily cut with scissors and attached to the lens of almost any digital compact camera or the inside of the port of your housing. Prices are £22 GBP for a single and £35 GBP for a three pack - we can accept credit card and PayPal payments and send our filters all around the world (63 countries at the last count). See the buy page for more details.
The Auto-Magic filter can work in two ways. You can either use it with the with the camera’s default automatic white balance and exposure, giving you vibrantly coloured images with point and shoot simplicity. Or you can use it with manual (custom) white balance giving you much more control and the ability to shoot images over a wider depth range. Most users start using the filter in fully auto mode and then switch over to using it with manual white balance. All five images below were taken with the Auto-Magic filter: two were taken with Auto white balance and three with manual white balance. I think they all look good.
The fact that this filter is designed to work without white balance makes it highly suited for use with cameras without manual white balance control. For example, we recommend the internal mounting Auto-Magic as an underwater filter for the GoPro HDV video (note that the GoPro needs a specialist housing to focus underwater).
In short, the Auto-Magic delivers great colours without the risk of backscatter. The before and after images on this page show the effect of adding the Auto-Magic filter while on Auto white balance and Auto Exposure.
The Auto-Magic filter is also perfect for shooting movies with your compact camera, where a flash or a strobe cannot be used. All compact cameras offer movie functions and the Auto-Magic allows you simply switch between photography and videography during a dive. This 1 minute movie of from West Papua was shot on a Panasonic FX01 compact camera by Peter using a Magic filter:
Another advantage of switching off your flash and shooting stills with a Magic Filter is that it will make your battery last longer and will also reduce the likelihood of your housing steaming up (which is caused by the heat produced by the flash firing).
The Auto-Magic filter works particularly well with wide angle accessory lenses, for scenic and diver photography. The filter is designed for relatively shallow diving in sunny tropical conditions. On Auto white balance it works best between 3m and 10-12m (9-35/40ft) depending on the camera. I tend to shoot the camera on manual white balance, and I find I can shoot it down to 18m with my Fuji compact. Deeper than this depth the colours in the images begin to slowly fade back to a natural blue look. It is less suited to fast moving fish, which may blur.
Most of the time the filter will give you pleasing images straight from the camera, and if it doesn’t you can usually sort them out by using automated functions such as “auto-color” in Photoshop or “Enhance” in iPhoto. Filter photography isn’t perfect for every dive, obviously it doesn’t work at night! We usually recommend that you do one filter dive and then one dive in flash to build a collection of photos that each technique can give you. Have a look at the tips section of this website for advice on how to shoot with filters.
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