Do you think it’s easy to take pictures? No, it’s not. What more if the pictures will be taken underwater? You should exert extra effort if you want to succeed with underwater photography. I will give you five important tips so you can get in the grove for the basics of underwater photography. If you can follow these tips, then I’m sure you are on the right track to be one of the best photographers underwater.
To start your dream of being an underwater photographer, you will need the cameras that you can use when you dive. I’m telling you right now that this passion doesn’t come at a cheap price. The equipment you need for underwater photography is pretty expensive that it can cost you thousands of dollars. Also, you have to make sure that you got everything prepared at home. Don’t do the last minute preparations just when you’re about to do your dive. It will spoil the fun, and it will give you a lot of stress.
Let’s face the fact that you cannot be a good underwater photographer if you don’t know how to dive. You better be a good diver so you can do your job. Like every great diver, you should not ruin the serenity of the sea if you will take photos. Remember your camera would be useless if you don’t have a subject.
3. Take advantage of natural light
When you dive to take photographs, you will notice that there is a natural light provided by the surrounding. You have to make use of that to make more contrast and life to your shots. You should learn to appreciate the natural habitat under the water. Once you’re at peace with nature, you can see your subjects in a better perspective.
4. The Flash
Okay, I’m not talking about your favorite superhero. I’m talking about the flash of your camera. Make sure it is on Forced Flash and do not just rely on the auto flash. If you want your pictures to be lifeless and dull, then you can forget about the flash. Don’t be afraid to come near your subject, just make precise moves so you will not lose your subject.
5. Macro Mode
For beginners, I’d say this is the best photo technique that you can use. The macro will let you capture things up close. You just have to choose your subject carefully. Put in mind that there are a lot of things that can affect the quality of the photos like the current or waves in the ocean.
There are a lot of things that you should consider if you want to pursue underwater photography. Just make sure that you are decided and dedicated with what you want. If you have the confidence, and you believe in yourself, you will be one of the best underwater photographers in no time.