A trip to the underwater world is an experience worthy to be remembered. Thanks to underwater cameras, snapping photos of the marine life you encounter is possible. Yep, you read it right. Capturing good photos using an underwater camera is possible and not guaranteed. Having said that, it is important to know the right way to use an underwater camera before going on your biggest water adventure.
Have you ever tried capturing photos of coral reefs only to find out that they do not look exactly as you envisioned being? Underwater cameras such as Go Pro are designed for deep water adventures. While it has so many features that make underwater photography easy, many beginners are still struggling to use it. The problem is not on the camera but on the different environment and light settings. In other words, the ISO, aperture, and exposure settings that you normally use in the land should be different from your settings under the sea.
For sure, this scenario is familiar to you. However, do not worry, every expert underwater photographers also started where you are. That is why in this article, I will share with you some of the best practices, tips, and tricks of underwater photography tailored to beginners. So if you have your camera and housing ready, then let us get this started.
Preparing for the dive
Preparation for any type of shoot includes making sure that you have every equipment you need. Fully charge the battery of your camera and have at least one spare because you will not have a chance to recharge it once the water adventure starts. If you are scuba diving, bring at least three batteries so you can change it in between each dive.
Practice taking photos
Being one with your camera means being familiar with all its features. So practice snapping photos even you are in the land. If you know how to adjust the setting, you can take photos faster underwater. You may also set it beforehand, so you can just snap continuously.
Choose a location with ideal lighting conditions
In underwater photography, good visibility is necessary to take good images. So before diving, plan where you will shoot. Look where the sun is. It is ideal to shoot with the sun behind your back and make use of the sunlight. More light means lower ISO and faster shutter speed. It will be hard to take images if you are diving at 70 feet. Therefore, for now, shallow coastal waters are preferable locations.
Keep your hand steady
It is harder to keep your hand steady while underwater. So take still images, you are going to use more effort and strength to be stable. Extra accessories like tripods and handled tray are good stabilizers that you can use.
Utilize Time Lapse Mode
The Time Lapse Mode allows you to take multiple photos of the same scene with different exposures. This can increase your chance to capture clear and crisp images. Do not record for too long unless you are willing to review hundreds of still images.
Use Light room or Photoshop in Post Production
When all else fail, salvage your photos using editing software. There you can enhance the color, brightness, and other things that are wrong with your images.