Underwater Photography Tips
- Always hand your camera gear to and from the
boat on boat dives. Don't dive in with camera in hand; you can easily flood a
camera that way. Always hand carry camera equipment on shore dives to keep it
from bouncing around.
- Take your own camera rinse bucket on dive boats
to avoid having your camera thrown in with everyone else's. A small cooler
works well and you can use it to carry camera gear while traveling.
- Use quick release clips on your BCD for holding
cameras and lights. This provides a safer, hands-free method of carrying
camera gear during ascents, descents and rough conditions.
- Be aware of dragging gear which can damage any archaeological remains or marine life.
- Be aware of dive gear, kelp, bubbles, etc.
floating in front of the lens.
- Learn the capabilities of your particular
- Use Kodachrome for higher contrast
- Use Fujichrome for softer contrast, finer
details and richer colors.
- To get a darker background, use a smaller
aperture and higher strobe power to fill in the foreground.
- To get a lighter background, use a wider
aperture and less strobe power to fill in the foreground.
- Shoot at an upward angle to produce a more
- Isolate the subject from the background so it
- Make use of empty space for commercial
applications so text and other graphics can be added to the image.
- Use modeling lights on strobes and try hand
holding one strobe when shooting wide angle.
- Use fill lighting on most wide angle shots to
bring out the foreground color.
- Stop down 1-2 stops when shooting silhouettes
meter reading to get a medium toned area off to the side of the sun).
- Stop up 1-2 stops when shooting at a downward
with wide angle lens.