Check out 50 of the world's most epic dive sites! Trust us, it was tough to narrow it down, but we asked underwater photographers, writers, readers and our Facebook fans to help us. In the end, we think we've listed the best scuba diving in the world, including colorful reefs, big animals, haunting wrecks — 50 sites for every scuba diver's bucket list!
Mike Bartick’s stunning collection of underwater photos from 2012 is a reminder of the surprises, treasures, and adventures awaiting underwater photographers every time they drop down on a reef. View a photo gallery and read more here …
The big boys — we’re talking sharks, mantas and turtles — often hog the spotlight when it comes to bucket-list scuba diving sightings. But slow down a little bit on your next dive and take a close look — a very close look — and you might be surprised by what tiny treasures you’ll find hiding in plain sight.
After growing up on the tropical island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, Mathieu Meur now lives in Singapore, though he’s rarely home for long. His underwater images are quite stunning. See a photo gallery and read more here…
Technical diving has always seemed a bit out of reach for me — too complicated, too difficult, too risky. But my mind has been seriously changed thanks to PADI’s recent Tec Xplor Days, a series of three events offering divers the chance to sample the latest in tec diving gear and rebreather technology in a safe, controlled — and free — environment.
Black and white photography is a creative technique, primarily using the element of sharp contrast between dark and light areas to produce artistic images which often have a simple yet sophisticated feel to them. But it's not as simple as it looks. Here are a few things to keep in mind before deciding to forgo that color palette.
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.
There are approximately 200 species of pipefish (Syngnathinae) known to exist, ranging from boring to bizarre. They are a small, fused-jaw fish in the family Syngathidae that also includes the seahorse, sea dragon and pipehorse. Here, the many faces of pipefishes.
Are you dreaming about warm, sunny days, sugar-white sand beaches and sparkling, clear water? It's time for a winter getaway to somewhere tropical. We've got the hottest dive destinations — from the Caribbean to the Pacific — to beat the cold-weather blues!
Take a careful look around the next time you're scuba diving. From protective papas incubating egg sacs to camouflaged sea slugs laying perfect egg spirals, there’s plenty of evidence of underwater parenting