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5 Top Tips to Get Started in Underwater Photography

Updated: Dec 20, 2022

Getting into underwater photography is addictive and it's easy to get carried away with all the equipment and accessories that are on offer. Here are a few simple tips to help you get up and running with your camera.

The main difference between land and underwater photography is that water magnifies our subjects when we are underwater so we need to get even closer to our subjects than we think we do.

That said, it is super important to take care of your buoyancy when you are diving, or to be able to stay motionless at the surface whilst taking an image as any kind of unnecessary movement heightens the risk of a blurry image.

I love shooting in shallow water and capturing scenes which reflect the world around the ocean. Always remember to look up if you're near the surface to capture a different side of our underwater world.

Natural Light can be your Best Friend. Use your camera's white balance if you are in deeper water and don't have external lights to illuminate your subject. Some subjects can shy away from lights, so using the underwater mode can also work well when you are in shallow water.

Always leave time for camera care and maintenance. Check all seals and o-rings for signs of dirt, sand, even a tiny hair can cause a leak.

Final tip, always be ready. It doesn't matter the model or number of megapixels that you have, it's all about being ready to capture that special moment when it passes by.

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