Tips for Underwater Photography

New adventures are always exciting and looking at the world through a camera lens never misses its excitement.  It is within every photographer’s dream to try new things, underwater photography being one of them.  Nothing compares to submerging into the waters with your camera and take a snapshot of the world from a totally different point of view.

Either if you are a professional underwater photographer, a beginner, or still dream of diving into the adventure (pun totally intended!), there are some tips that might benefit you next time you plunge in.

Get the best camera you can

Underwater cameras are not really that expensive.  You can get  yourself a pretty good one at a rather affordable price.  Make sure this camera can get wet and depending on how deep you are planning on going, what type of pressure it can withstand.  Think of the type of pictures you want to take once you are in.  If you are able to take pictures close to the subject a camera with no macro will do.  However, if the subject cannot by approached (a shark or a large fish) then try to get a camera that offers you macro.

Use the correct lighting

Light does not travel underwater the way it does above ground.  This is something that you must consider when bringing your camera to the deep.  Pictures that are taken on a shallow area can prove fun and they allow the most amount of light from the surface.  You could even play with the water line and create stunning images.

Keep in mind that the deeper you go, the less light waves will get there.  This will cause your pictures to have an unwanted greenish or bluish haze.  In order to capture the real essence of coloration of a frame, use the camera´s flash, or even a flashlight.   Your camera´s underwater mode filters out the blue in order to give you a more real coloration to your underwater images.

Come closer

The distance between  you and your subject is also a determinant factor to the quality of your photos.  The closer you can get, the better lighting you get from the camera to the subject and back to the camera.  Consider that if you photograph a far-away object in a darker environment, you will not get the desired effect, even if you use flash.  If the object is far and you cannot get any closer, try to fill in the frame with many features.

If your subject is very tiny, get close using a wide-angle lens or a macro mode (some cameras have either of these features or both).

Add some scale to you pictures

To add to the artistry, design, and sense of your photograph, provide some scale to your pictures.  If you take a picture of a jellyfish, for instance, at a very close distance with very little background, the viewer will not be able to perceive the size of your subject.  Add an object next to your subject to add scale.   Photographer´s all-favorite is adding a diver next to, say, a large fish.  This helps the viewer appreciate the size of the fish.

Underwater pictures can typically be taken on a river, lake, ocean, swimming pool, etc.  When taking pictures very close to the surface, you might want to bring in the best snorkeling set for your adventure.