Few photographers hide their pictures in old folders. They either want to share them with friends and family, relive their encounters or use them for conservation and identification causes. Then there are the really ambitious photographers who participate in contests or try to get them published. No matter what you hope to achieve, the most important part is learning how to perfect your skills.
Macro and wide-angle lenses are no doubt considered by the majority of underwater photographers to be the “serious” lenses in their collection, as well as a good topside lens perhaps. But what about cheaper “novelty” lenses, like those by the unusual brand Lensbaby? Here are Scubazoo's tips for shooting a Lensbaby underwater for the first time.
In underwater photography, light behaves quite differently underwater and one of the best places to capture some of these effects is near the surface. Reflections can create a perfectly mirrored image and the arc at the top — called Snell's window — gives us a small glimpse of what is above the water. This image from Palau's Chandelier Cave combines both to create a distinctive image. Get Todd Winner's tips for capturing reflections in your underwater photography.
Our underwater world and its array of marine life in a spectrum of colours and textures provides us with endless opportunities to create abstract images — which can often present common subjects in an unusual way. Here are Scubazoo's best tips for creating artistic abstract images.
Backlighting broadly refers to the illumination of a subject — in part or in whole — from behind. While this might seem straightforward, the variation of a light source’s distance and direction relative to the subject yields very different results. Make your photos pop with these backlighting tricks used by the pros.
The key to shooting good motion blur images underwater is to have a slow enough shutter speed to capture some blur from the ambient light and be close enough to your subject to freeze part of it with the light from your strobes. Get more tips here ...
What happens when you prepare yourself for a specific type of underwater photography, but the ocean has other plans for you? Why, go to Plan B, of course. While diving in Indonesia's Raja Ampat islands and facing some current, Ellen Cuylaerts explains how she learned to go with the flow.