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At Dressel Divers we share dive pictures on Facebook every Thursday. That’s why we know that taking a good dive picture is much more complicated than it might seem. You send us your diving photos: the best ones, the ones you are most proud of, so we can share them on our social networks and give them visibility. However, you also confess to us how difficult it is to take a good underwater photo.
So, we have asked our videographers in order to get some tips, and take dive pictures as impressive as the ones we see in this article. This is what they have told us.
1. Good Divers Take Good Dive Pictures
Before you even consider going down with an underwater camera, you should make sure you are comfortable in that environment. Your viewfinder should not prevent you from paying attention to your buddy, the dive computer, or the air pressure.
On the other hand, the star skill in diving is buoyancy. If you can’t maintain neutral buoyancy, you will hardly get a good framing for your dive photos. But you won’t be a good model either. Some people measure how their diving skills have improved by comparing their first underwater photos with their current ones.
If you have already read the article ” 3 Secrets of Buoyancy Control to Dive as An Expert Diver” You’re welcome, if not, we recommend it. But if you want to take good dive photos, consider doing the Peak Performance Buoyancy program.
2. Dive Pictures Depend More on Accessories Than on A Good Camera
According to our videographers, it is better to carry a simple camera with excellent lenses and a great flash than an expensive camera.
The lenses most commonly used in underwater photography are macro lenses, with which we can photograph tiny animals very close to them, and wide-angle lenses that focus very close to larger objects or animals, even if we are not so close. Some professionals use close-up lenses, which work like magnifying glasses to obtain better details.
On the other hand, there is no good diving photography without flash. Well, there is, but it’s done by snorkelers. Look closely and you will see how professional photographers carry two flashes, one on each side of the camera. Their function is not only to illuminate what can’t be seen but also to recover the color palette. The progressive lack of light caused by the depth of field will eat away the colors and this requires that we illuminate what we want to immortalize. Otherwise, all the snapshots will be a monotonous greenish-blue color.
If you take photographs at shallow depths, you can take advantage of natural light, which is always a magnificent resource. But also, something to keep in mind. Remember, in a fish backlight, you’ll need to use a flash to make more than just the silhouette show.
Color correcting filters are another important element. As their name suggests, they help to mitigate the color casts caused by the water by filtering out the blue tones. A little tip: to have a lot of editing capacity afterward, it is worth taking the dive pictures in RAW format.
3. Your Patience and Preparation Will Be the Best Allies of Your Dive Pictures
If you want your dive pictures to show more than just the fish their tails, be patient and prepare for the dive. Are you going to dive a wreck, a cenote, or a colorful coral garden? Plan your dive well and you will know what equipment you should be prepared with. We are talking, above all, about the lens. You won’t be able to change it unless you get back on the boat to do it.
Do you know what the three most common mistakes of the novice underwater photographers are?
- Too far away. 2.From top to bottom. 3.Chasing the fish.
The first is for the loss of color and sharpness we have already discussed, the next two involve approaching the fish from behind.
Keep in mind that, in diving photography, the key is to be “close”. But most animals don’t like it when you approach them at the speed of an underwater combat torpedo, nor do they usually like it when you stare into their eyes. So, be patient when approaching.
Training your photographic eye is a matter of hours of diving. After a while, you will be able to predict the behavior of the animals and anticipate their movements, so you can maneuver without them running away in panic. This way you will get the best dive photos.
And now, tell us, what are your tricks to get good diving pictures, do you want us to publish some of your treasures? Send them to email@example.com