Underwater photography is a fantastic way to show Your Dive to your Friends.
It is fantastic, but not easy sorry!
Underwater Photography is in some ways very difficult to achieve. The biggest issue you have is light, or lack of it. And unfortunately, you will never be happy with your shots, you will always think you can do better! We feel like that every time we take a shot, but that is what urges us to want to get out and do more of it.
Normal small point and shoot type cameras work well underwater with housings, but they are limited with what you can shoot. Most of the small point and shoot cameras will take good shots of close-up animals like Nudibranchs and small stationary fish. But when it comes to getting good wide angle shots, you need good equipment and good conditions. The camera models change regularly, so it is best to check with our staff as to which camera model is our choice at the time that you decide to buy.
The small Action Cameras like the Go Pro series are probably the easiest to use, but you will be disappointed in their ability to take stills shots. The feature of the camera is to slow the shutter speed down in low light, so images are likely to be blurry if it is dull underwater. They are far better in high resolution and frames per second (FPS) VIDEO MODE and then take stills from the video.
Here are a few basic tips to start with for your Underwater Photography:
- Master your buoyancy. You will always struggle if your body moves all the time! Stop!! But you wont be able to stop until you get your buoyancy right. Get that right before you put a camera in your hand! Once you put a camera in your hand, start again and get your Buoyancy right! The environment is your first Priority, dont ruin it for a good shot,
- Get down low and shoot along and slightly up. This is not the easiest thing to do in some cases and Sun position can kill a shot if you point into the sun, but try to create a shot that has a horizon of rock, or blue water and bottom in the middle of your photo, to make it appealing. If you are shooting fish, their best side is on the side!
- Shoot, check your shot, adjust and shoot again, maybe you will get one right! We find setting up your camera with a test shot on a area similar to where you will be shooting, will allow you to perhaps catch a good shot of a timid fish on your first snap. Set up before you shoot will help a great deal, and not scare your fish away!
- Use lights or Strobes. Unless you have a lot of available light, you will need to use these additional tools to get a good shot
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help! We may be able to help you adjust your settings and get some great shots. Not all of it is in the taking of the pictures, settings on cameras play a vital role. The PADI Digital Underwater Photography course we offer will help you.
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