Techniques For Underwater Photography


Underwater photography brings the underwater world to the surface. Some wonder what swimming in the ocean is like, but they don’t wish to learn how to dive. Underwater photographers have taken it upon themselves to bring the underwater world to those who do not wish to dive. While all photography is an art, the underwater world needs special skills to bring the highest quality alive.

Unlike wildlife photography, the underwater world needs to be viewed up close. In other words, the marine life needs to be photographed closely. This is because of the characteristics of water. The water refracts images often distorting them. So the closer you are to your subject, the less water you have between you and the subject. Underwater photography requires a great deal of patience. You subject may swim quickly by like the shark, whale or dolphin, or they may hide within the coral popping out only when danger is not felt. Water holds particles, like plankton. These particles are often present while trying to take a picture. This can result in a loss of contrast and sharpness of the image. To combat that shoot close to your subject and use a light source.

Marine life uses the premise of hiding more than speed or survival of the fittest. This means you will often find your subject camouflaged rather than out in the open. You have to seek your subject with determination, without startling the subject. The underwater world demands respect. A good method to blend in is to move with the current while trying to attain the perfect shot. Try not to touch corals on your underwater excursions as this can potentially jeopardize its life.

Underwater flash or strobe can help you gain the light you need to take a perfect photo. It is essential to have a flash with an underwater camera. It will help you bring out the true brilliance in the range of colors. The strobe only needs to be medium size, any larger and it can hinder your photo taking experience.

Composition is also very important. You will need to follow the same rules you did in regular photography. However, mimicking the behaviors of the marine life can be valuable to your excursion. Sometimes it is necessary to have an upward angle on the subject. This goes back to the camouflage technique of most marine species. They tend to melt into their hideouts or in some cases; their bodies are designed to hide in the water to protect themselves from predators. To get the perfect picture, you may need to blend in like marine life.

When dealing with underwater photography as a hobby you will need to hone your photography skills on land first. Once you take great pictures on land you can move into the harder version of the underwater world, where some rules  used no longer apply and attaining the best picture takes patience as well as skill. Underwater photography brings the marine life to the surface alleviating some of the unknown. If you find you are just starting to have an interest in underwater photography, you will want to seek a professional underwater photography class to teach you some of the important techniques as well as practice. If you prefer learning by trial and error, check out some of these rental companies for photography and water equipment , or Remember practice makes better!