Underwater photography is rapidly becoming a mainstream past time for divers of all types and ages. You used to need to spend large sums of money on equipment just to get started but technology advances mean you now can jump in the water with your smartphone should you wish.
Here are 5 tips we recommend to get the most out of your underwater photos.
This is the first thing every underwater photographer needs to think of. You need to keep yourself, your diving buddies and the wildlife around you safe.
This starts with being a competent diver – having a good solid grasp of all your major skills, especially buoyancy control as a Scuba Diver, is key. Not only will you enjoy the dive more but good diving skills will enable you to take better photos by getting close to your subjects without touching or harming marine life.
Get Close To Your Subject
Get as close to your subject as you can, as the more water there is between you and it, the less color, contrast, and sharpness you’ll get. Try to use a wide-angle lens setting so that you let in the maximum amount of light – this will give you clearer images while minimizing backscatter. Use the macro mode on your camera to get even closer – and, if you’re shooting with a DSLR in a housing, choose a macro lens.
Focus On The Fish’s Eye
It is almost always very important to focus on the fish’s eye. Viewers relate to animals by looking at eyes and faces. So, out of focus eyes are usually a “deal breaker”.
Shoot At A Slight Upward or Level Angle
Try to shoot at a slight upward or level angle. While slight downward shooting angle often works well, do whatever you can to avoid shooting at a strong downward angle.
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