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.
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.
Deciding on an underwater photography system to buy doesn’t have to be a bewildering experience. Knowing the basic characteristics and classes of cameras and housings can help organize your choices. Then your personal preferences and budget can help narrow it down further to your best options.