If you are looking to take some incredible underwater photographs then this article will be extremely beneficial to you. I am going to show you three very important tips that will make all the difference. By the time you have finished reading this article, you will know everything you need to about taking amazing underwater photos.
Take your photographs in the same locations
The first tip I have for you is to take your photographs in the same locations every time you do your underwater photoshoots. The great thing about doing so is that you get familiar with what sort of conditions you are likely to find in your chosen cenotes. The truth is, underwater photography isn’t one of the easiest types of photography, in fact in my opinion it is probably one of the most difficult. But, with some simple underwater photography tricks, you can make your life a whole lot easier. Shoot On Very Bright, Sunny days.
Shoot With the Sun Behind You
Shoot with the sun behind you (or at High noon) — One of the biggest underwater photoshoot tips is to only use your camera’s flash when the sun is behind you. Don’t expect to be able to see anything when the sun’s shining on your back! So, always aim for an equally bright area to cover your camera and your subject. Aim your strobe and your camera for the brightest part of the scene. This is also a great way to ensure that your subject has the lightest available, and you get the most dynamic range in your shots.
Try using the latest in-camera self-cleaning lenses
Try using the latest in-camera self-cleaning lenses — You must learn how to prime your camera for underwater photos. Most digital cameras don’t have built-in self-cleaning lenses, so you need to buy a lens hood for your camera. This will greatly reduce the number of algae, dead skin cells, and other floating objects from collecting on the exterior of your camera.
Have some pre photographed background
Have some pre photographed background — The first thing you need to do before any underwater photoshoot is prepare some kind of background. Something like sponges or pieces of dry tissue is a good way to go. I usually prep my background in advance and then just shoot away while I am waiting for the tissues to dry. Trust me, your pictures are better this way!
Use Professional Equipment
Use professional equipment — There are some pieces of underwater photography equipment that you can rent for underwater photoshoots. I would suggest that you stay away from buying any of these, as it’s generally not worth it and will most likely end up being a complete waste of money. You’re better off using professional equipment that you would have been able to buy for much cheaper. The best equipment is going to be something that has a built-in digital timer, sturdy housing, and some type of focusing screen. Don’t skimp on any of these things, because it’s what makes the difference between good photos and bad ones.
Shoot in the sun
Shoot In the sun — The most common mistake people make while shooting an underwater photoshoot is not paying enough attention to the lighting conditions. Lighting conditions play such a huge factor in your photos, that you would honestly be surprised at how often you’re one poor photo and one great photo. I recommend shooting with the sun behind you. If you’re shooting in poor lighting conditions you will almost always end up with underexposed images, which don’t look anywhere near as good as a properly exposed image. I usually like to start shooting in the morning and when the sun becomes very heavy later on in the day.
Focus clarity — Another common underwater photography mistake is not ensuring that you are focused on everything that is in front of you. Most of us have at least one very focused subject that we are trying to get a shot off, but chances are you’ll miss it if you don’t pay attention to the objects around you. Try to pay attention to every object that you see, even if there’s nothing particularly interesting about it. I usually recommend checking the LCD on your camera to make sure you are focused on everything. You can use an automatic mode on your camera to ensure that everything is in focus, but for beginners, this is usually a good practice to start with.
In conclusion, the best underwater photography is when you have a clear understanding of your subject and lighting conditions. Keeping these two things in mind will allow you to take some amazing shots that stun even the most seasoned professionals. Remember to always work with natural light for optimum results!