Ten Tips for Underwater Photography
1. The rules of above-ground photography (proper composition, the use of contrasting colors, the “rule of thirds,” etc) apply under water. The more comfortable you are with taking photographs on land, the more comfortable you will be under water
2. Learn to control your buoyancy it is the enigma of diving, the key to everything, It will let you concentrate on framing your image, and also make it easier to approach marine life.
3. Be aware of your surroundings— if your fins or equipment is touching or impacting the reef or stirring up sand and sediment from the sea bottom, your picture will be filled with debris floating in the water, known as “back scatter.” This can easily ruin a good image.
4. Get close, then get closer. Everything looks bigger under water. So if you think you’re close enough, move in an additional three to five feet and then take your picture. The results will soon show with better images
5. Be patient, take your time, wait for the shot to come to you its vital while underwater. From a fish’s point of view, you’re camera is a huge eye moving directly at it, so it typically hides away, wouldn’t you?. Rather than chasing, rest and wait.
6. Use the sunlight to create dramatic silhouettes out of reef formations, coral, and fellow divers by pointing upwards. Up angles also create a greater sense of drama, be creative think about different angles and natural light
7. Almost all digital cameras these days are equipped with variety of scene pre-sets like landscape or portrait this adjusts among other things the white blance—and some even come with underwater settings that tell the camera what white looks like underwater (white being the colour from which the sensor judges all other colours). Better still, learn how to set your camera’s white balance manually, and then carry a white slate and set the balance about every 3 Metres. You can also use a grey slate for white balance to produce warmer colors.
8. If playingwith your camera settings sounds like too much of a hassle, use this trick: First compose your shot, then aim the camera up at the sky and half-depress the shutter button to set a light meter reading. Then, with the button still half-depressed, return to the subject and shoot the picture. This should give you a warmer overall print, with more vibrant colours. And don’t forget to review your pictures and make adjustments to the composition and lighting until you get what you want.
9. Narrow your focus, try to concentrate on one type of shot per dive, like close-up shots of coral and small fish, silhouettes of divers or reef, or wider, landscape-style shots. You’ll hone in on what’s needed for each type of photo—composition, lighting, etc.—and then you can progress to the next type of photograph.
10. Remember a good diver is a no-impact diver. Take only pictures, and leave only bubbles. For more information, please refer to the non-profit Project Aware Foundation’s ten tips to eco-friendly diving photography in a handy, printer-friendly, PDA-ready PDF file
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