There are many different aspects to capturing the perfect shot; the lighting, the camera, the focus, the lens, the angle, how close you are, etc. And nothing is worse after a long trip and you finally get back to your room to check out your work for the day, to realize they were almost good. Same thing with filming underwater, except now you have to film through the murky waters.
So let's figure this out: underwater photography is no easy task. Accordingly, as a photographer are you need to keep your safety a top priority at all times. This means before getting into the water, under the ways with your camera, you should already be equipped with the appropriate diving and underwater training. I’m talking great buoyancy control, navigation skills, pre-dive planning. This is vital, quite literally.
Below I have written up some tips from the mistakes I have made, as well as my friends when engaging in such an expedition. Above all, be safe. But enjoy Mother Nature in a completely different state.
Top 5 Tips for New Underwater Photographers
#3: Get Close
Every single photographer has said this to you, and send this to themselves millions of times. you Gotta get close, and then get closer. The human eye is not a camera lens and this miscommunication between the two could lead to some pictures better left unsaid, or with a lot of post production to do. we're getting closer to your subject it minimizes the amount of water you have to shoot through, which in turn will improve the overall picture especially in color, saturation, and contrast.
Another fun fact-the closer you are to your subject, the more effective your strobes will be!
#1: Have Patience
this is probably a tip that would be on a lot of different lists for a lot of different categories, but this is no different unfortunately. Patience is absolutely key and can be easily forgotten when surrounded by the masses of water and creatures that inhabit the area. Take more, there can always be a shit ton of blurry, out of focus, underexposed photographs as long as there is that $1 million. It's worth it, trust me. You will never get that exact shot again, and you're there now, so why not take that extra shot it's just a couple seconds more.
#4: Shoot Up
By up, I mean upwards. Get down and dirty with your subjects (you know what I mean, don’t make it weird). if you are filming down at I level, or perhaps even lower, it offers a unique perspective on this subject and illuminates more of the background environment which could be distracting. No not every time you wish to capture as subjects like this will it go smoothly, but it is a good resource to remember when swimming.
#5: Move Your Strobes
Strobes, not a word he really here a lot. But on the off chance you're reading this article, then there's a chance you are a and interested individuals seeking knowledge on underwater photography. Strobes, are An external underwater strobe, also known as an underwater flash, it allows you to reduce backscatter, and enables you to try different lighting options. take it vantage of your equipment, dick create a rumor around. There are no limits to your creativity, and that starts with messing around with different methods.
#2: Shoot Vertically
vertically, as in the camera's orientation and not your actual self. This is an opportunity for you to explore your options as a photographer and really hold in your skill. Get creative hold the camera differently, ask yourself how the subject would be best for trade and in which type of photograph or frame. By the end of your shoes, and this goes for any photography shoot, you're photo said have a good balance between vertical and horizontal images.