Nick Hope - Freelance Underwater Cameraman
I am an English freelance underwater cameraman / videographer based in Thailand. With over 10 years' experience as an underwater cameraman, I take a great pride in shooting high-quality underwater video.
Although based in Thailand, I will happily take on underwater video assignments overseas. I am within easy reach of south-east Asia dive destinations including Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
I now have the outstanding Sony HVR-Z1P HDV camera in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing with lights and wide angle and macro lenses. This setup enables me to shoot in HDV 1080i50, 1080i60 and PAL or NTSC DVCAM or mini-DV. More on my equipment page.
I am meticulous about camera steadiness, correct white balance, and balanced framing/composition, areas often lacking in underwater video work.
I have been diving since 1986. I was one of a pioneering team of deep technical divers through the 1990's. In 1994 I dived the RMS Lusitania in Ireland in 93m and participated in the UK's first 100m dive in the Dorothea quarry in north Wales. In 1998 I led the expedition to HMHS Britannic, sister ship of HMS Titanic, lying in 119m water in Greece. This was one of the biggest wreck diving expeditions ever undertaken. As an underwater cameraman on this expedition I acquired unique DV footage of the great ship.
In 1999 I gave up my career as a product designer to concentrate full time on scuba diving and underwater video. I am a qualified PADI Open Water instructor and IANTD trimix diver. I undertake work as a freelance underwater cameraman, including TV and promotional underwater video work, underwater video surveys, as well as topside video and private commissions for scuba divers.