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Essential Tips for Underwater Photography

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With every passing summer more and more people discover diving and the wonders of the undersea world. And there is nothing more exciting and waited about diving than bringing your experiences back to the surface. This is done via underwater photography, but do not think that it’s so easy to get beautiful shots beneath the waters.

Underwater photography

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Divers today read much about underwater photography to get acquainted with detailed descriptions and explanations about using digital cameras underwater, use of light and shooting techniques for macro and wide-angle imaginary, as well as color correction and file management. Today’s post is devoted to some of the essential tips for underwater photography, which will help divers and all those interested in diving to improve their shooting skills and return to the surface with amazing pictures.

Obviously, if you want to shoot professional-quality photos, you should buy waterproof professional-level equipment. To let you know, the Canon PowerShot D20, Panasonic Lumix TS4 and Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 are that kind of cameras.

Up close and personal

So, what you should do first is to get as close to your subject as possible. Of course, this doesn’t refer to photographing, say, giant sharks. The more water between you and the target the more distortion and the less color, contrast and clarity you’ll find in the photo. Moreover, you should know the animals and the environment you are going to photograph. This helps you to participate in an AWARE Fish Identification or Underwater naturalist Specialty course to learn how to find and understand the critters you are going to come face-to-face.

Underwater light

The next tip is about underwater light, which the deeper you go, becomes less available for underwater photography. So, make sure to bring an external flash for your camera to add back the light lost with depth. This will both brighten your photos, and allow you to use a faster shutter speed, making you easier to capture movement.

Know your gear and the water

Before trying to take underwater pictures, brush up your skills in diving, as you’ll have at least one hand busy with the camera, so moving around and keeping yourself can a bit be trickier. If you are using a new waterproof housing for your camera, you should try out new scuba photography equipment in a pool prior to diving as well as on dry land to avoid problems with the housing.

Be safe

Most of all, remember what you learned in your scuba diving class – you are a diver first and then a photographer. Pay attention to your surroundings and keep your eyes open, looking up from your camera every once in a while. Your safety and that of divers around you depends on keeping this in mind at all times.


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