Handbooks

Our Guides to Better Underwater Photography Handbook series are downloadable acrobat files on popular subjects that are designed to give you an easy overview of equipment, techniques, tips and skills for you to improve your underwater photography. They are full of photos, diagrams and illustrations that easily illustrate these ideas.
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.

Photographing People Underwater: Divers & Models

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.

Capture The Beauty & Wonderment of Underwater Animals

Mysterious underwater creatures exist. Capturing these interactions fuels the imagination and inspires creativity.

Motion: Changing Your Approach to Underwater Imaging.

If you have been doing underwater photography, and want to venture into underwater video – here are some practical tips.

Simple Starting Point for Underwater Strobe Use & Positioning

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.

Close Focus Wide Angle Photography (CF/WA)

The basic technique is to get close to the subject while balancing the lighting between foreground and background.

Design Your Photos

Next to lighting and exposure, nothing is more important to photography than good compositon - and it costs nothing to achieve.

Starting Concepts

The Handbook gives you an overview of practical starting tips and techniques for taking better underwater photos.

Avoiding the High Water Mark


No subject scares underwater photographers more than having an expensive housed camera turn into an aquarium. Even a bit of water can turn electronics into a corroded mess.

Adding a lighting system can make one of the largest differences in the success of your underwater photography and videos.


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.

Choosing Cameras & Housings for Underwater Photography

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.