A look at the software you can use to edit and improve your photos with an emphasis on DXO Pro.
By Jim Garin
Today, it is very easy to take almost any digital camera, take a picture and have it come out pretty well. Cameras have auto face recognition, smile recognition, pet recognition and more modes than one could possible use. Even phones can take reasonable images.
But as soon as you take a camera underwater, all bets are off. At most a camera will have an underwater setting…one that only works underwater for bright tropical conditions, and divers aren’t always diving in those places, or with artificial light sources like strobes.
Underwater Photography Article Center
Underwater, the closer we look, the more we see. Slow down, go small and look into the plants and growth. You’ll find surprisingly beautiful and fascinating subjects.
Macro photography allows photographers to get in close, reducing the amount of water between the camera and subject; bringing out color, sharpness and details in photos.
Ring lights have long been a popular way for macro photographers to get bright, even light directly onto small subjects.
Due to the magnification involved, macro photos can consume a lot of light. Underwater photographers have long struggled to get their camera housings with two strobes into tight spaces, or get the lights positioned close enough to the front of the lens without creating lens flare or shadows from the port.
Divers and models make nice subjects to inspire wonder and excitement for the underwater environment. A human presence in this surreal, weightless surrounding can really draw your viewer in and help them relate to your image.
Lighting and strobe positioning are major factors in capturing the rich colors and textures of an underwater scene. Strobes are very important for capturing both brilliant colors and intricate details we see on our dives.
The basic technique is to get close to the subject while balancing the lighting between foreground and background.
The Handbook gives you an overview of practical starting tips and techniques for taking better underwater photos.
There are a few things that determine the amount of color saturation and image clarity in underwater photography: depth, ambient light, and water clarity. Obviously you're not in control of the depth that your subject is at, or the water clarity, but you do have some say in the amount of light.