Watch these short videos and learn ‘How To’: make equipment at home; use new photography techniques; be safe in the water; find the critters; explore your local liquid and more…
Terry’s Tip #1 ~ Customize Your Fins
For underwater visibility spray paint dark coloured fins a brilliant colour. Customize your fins and make a personal statement!
Terry’s Tip #2 ~ Protect Your Ears
Do you get ear infections from swimming, diving, snorkeling, surfing or whitewater kayaking? Here are some very effective, simple, and inexpensive ways to prevent that. Using special ear plugs and ear drops protects from swimmers ear (infection of ear canal) and surfer’s ear (bone growth into ear canal due to cold water).
Learn how to make your own ear drying drops.
Terry’s Tip #3 ~ Use Binoculars to See Underwater Creatures
The Amphibiographer shares his secret for fish and frog watching: Binoculars! Yes, you too can see those tiny minnows hiding in the reeds, or watch those salamander pollywogs hunting food . . . while staying far enough away not to disturb them!
Terry’s Tip #4 ~ Vested interests in Safety
Play Safe! Wear a high visibility vest when biking, walking or videoing beside busy roads.
Live to Get Wet another day!!
Terry’s Tip #5 ~ Keep Your Camera Dry
Terry’s Tip #6 ~ Use a Pole Cam
For water too dirty, shallow or dangerous to snorkel, or even wade, stick a waterproof or housed camera on the end of a pole and dunk it in! You don’t get wet but your camera does! This is also helpful with skittish critters and to get right into the midst of the action…watch those spawning salmon slide right over your camera, and see the amazing results! Protect sensitive habitat also by not stomping all over it or stirring it up with one flick of your fins . . .
Don’t have a pole cam?
See Terry’s Tip #7 for detailed instructions on how to make one.
Get Out and Get your camera Wet!
Terry’s Tip #7 ~ Make a Pole Cam
Want to use a pole cam but don’t have $16 Thousand dollars? No problem. Learn how to make a simple pole cam system with your waterproof camera or housed camera, and supplies from your local hardware store. There is no monitor so it’s literally a shot in the dark using it . . . but you can still get unique and wonderful footage. View the “Riches of Ditches” episode at Amphibiographer.tv to see a wonderland in a ditch, with the underwater footage shot using this homemade pole cam.
Terry’s Tip #8 ~ Backyard Moisture Mysteries
Explore Moisture Mysteries in your own backyard, you don’t even need a pond or ditch! The Amphibiographer’s neighbours find mysterious eggs in a moist mass under a gas can! You too can find marvels in your yard if you keep your eyes, ears, nose and mind open!! Curiosity motivates discovery and adventure.