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.
Every diver deserves something special this holiday season, and thanks to this collection of budget-spanning gift ideas, your shopping just got a whole lot easier. From cool accessories to serious gear, you’ll find it in our 2013 gift guide — all you need to do is figure out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.
With its new Sea Dragon Flash and 2,000-lumen photo/video/dive light, this system makes the most of the DC1400’s photo and HD-video capabilities. A 16mm lens increases field of view by 80 percent. MSRP: $1,129.95 camera, tray, grips, lights; $299.95 fisheye lens CONTACT: sealife-cameras.com
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.
Leave your strobes behind and free your mind to create amazing ambient-light underwater photos. Ambient-light photography isn’t technically challenging, though it might seem so. Done right, it gives underwater photographers a world of possibilities: the ability to capture scenes that are too large to be lit only with strobes; the ability to create blue-water backgrounds with a unique gradient of colors; and the ability to create images with strong contrast and eye-catching silhouettes.
Wrecks are big and they don’t move. Surely they should be easy to photograph? In actuality, they are one of the most challenging subjects, but memorable shots are more likely if we follow a few simple rules.
MUSA artist Jason de Caires Taylor submerged 11 new sculptures in September, bringing the total of underwater art pieces to 500. The additional pieces will be submerged in “The Silent Evolution” gallery, joining the original sculptures submerged in 2010.
When it comes to shooting underwater, the less intrusive the better. Which is why a rebreather proves to be a valuable piece of scuba gear when it comes to getting the shot. Here, Pompano Dive Center photo pro Craig Dietrich shares his "silent diving" experiences.
At night when the ocean is ink- black, photographers have learned to employ blue light and yellow filters to bring out the fluorescence of corals, sponges, mantis shrimp, anemones and even the eyes of fish. As these images show, the result is an unexpected visual delight.
Scuba diving with whales, dolphins and sharks? Underwater photographer Darren Jew has photographed the planet’s landscapes and wildlife from Antarctica to Zambia over his 30-year career – on mountain peaks, desert plains and beneath the ocean’s surface. We couldn't be more delighted to present a sample of his underwater photography!
There are many reasons underwater photographers show movement in their imagery: to capture a fast-swimming subject or emphasize the way it moves, to showcase the beauty of a scene, or to be playful. Whatever the reason, the photos here are amazing examples of the ocean in motion.