Underwater Photography Tips
Underwater photography can be very exciting and interesting, not just because of the opportunity of capturing great photos but how it was done. Underwater photography, most of the time, is done during scuba diving, yet it can be done as well during diving on the surface, swimming, snorkeling, from a remotely operated underwater vehicle or submersible, or using automated cameras that are lowered from the facade.
Underwater imaging is most of the time performed with specialized techniques and equipment. Though, it offers rare and exciting photographic opportunities. Animals like marine mammals and fishes are the usual subjects, yet photographers still pursue submerged cave systems, shipwrecks, underwater landscapes, geological features, seaweeds and sometimes portraits or photos of their fellow divers.
You want your photos taken perfectly? Then read the tips below:
Stay close to your subject, if possible within 12 inches. Water may reduce sharpness, contrast, and color.
Keep the flash of your camera in “forced flash mode.”
Ensure that the eye of the subject is in focus.
Before anything else, you should master your diving skills first. You cannot take great photos if you cannot make yourself still underwater. Focus first on learning how to dive and swim perfectly before bringing your camera underwater.
Before you go deep down the water, practice taking photos of household or in land objects, like flowers. This is your best way to practice.
For fastest focus, use the spot focus mode option. Practice your finger to just focus on a specific area without taking a photo.
Although photographers can experiment underwater photography any time of the day, perfect photos are still taken from 8-11am especially if you are planning to take people underwater, as this is when you can get the best lighting.
Underwater photography gears can be very expensive. Hence it is necessary that you take care of them well. Follow instructions set by the manufacturer regarding proper care before and after use.
Before you get yourself deep down the water, ensure that your camera is set to the highest possible resolution while on the lowest ISO.
Try to wear the most comfortable wetsuit, as not being able to move freely underwater will not make you successful taking fabulous photos underwater. You can always have your suit tailored according to your needs, like having additional pockets or pouches for your photo shoot equipment.
Other than the still photos, always make sure that you capture every moment of this experience using your eyes, mind, and heart. Still photos can only go as far, but memories are meant to last forever.
Keep your batteries checked before you deep yourself into the water. You would not want to end up with a dead camera after seeing a fabulous view underneath.
When you go deep down the water, you need not just the right photography techniques but also swimming or diving skills. Hence if this is the type of photography you want to pursue, be ready for more challenges along the way.
Some schools train and teach aspiring photographers to take great photos underwater. You can also take advantage of tutorials that you can scan, watch and read online for free.