Besides the essentials, there is a lot of scuba diving gear that can make your dives more fun, interesting, and enjoyable. One of the best ways to make your dives more fun is to invest in an underwater camera. Take pictures of your dive buddies to show off at the office. Test out your artistic side by capturing photos of the beautiful sealife you encounter. And of course, let someone else get a few shots of you on your dive. When you return, you will be able to revisit your scuba memories any time by pulling out these photos.
How To Get Great Pictures With Your Underwater Camera
One way to capture the beauty of your diving or snorkeling experience is through the lens of an underwater camera. The underwater camera comes in a digital format or a film format for traditionalists. To help you get the best shots with your underwater camera, we’ve compiled a few tips.
Practice, taking pictures requires some work to get it right. Start by trying out your underwater camera at different depths. Take pictures at various distances. And don’t forget to get up close to take some truly exquisite shots of underwater life.
Think about framing your shot. Choose photos that show high contrasting colors. Capture details like rising bubbles in the water’s surface. For most shots, four to five feet of distance should suit your photo well.
If you’re taking a photo of a diver and the fish, frame the shot from two to four feet away. Be patient. Sometimes it takes some waiting to find the perfect timing for that ideal underwater
Objects appear 33 percent larger underwater than they really are. Remember not to underestimate your shooting distance.
The deeper you go, the more colors like red, yellow,and orange get filtered out. Your underwater shots will appear more blue as you go deeper.
Avoid stirring up sand so that you don’t have debris scattered in your shot.Use an external light source or flash to bring color back into your underwater shots.