Your Complete Guide to Starting with Underwater Photography

It gives us an enthralling experience when we travel around the world to see some magnificent tourists attractions. Go and behold these tourist spots are indeed enchanting and before we knew it our camera is rolling already and shots after shots are taken to capture the breathtaking scenery that is unfolding before your very eyes. If you’ve been to the Great Barrier Reef, which is in Australia, and you are on a diving spree, you might ask yourself, how to take pictures of the great panorama of fishes, corals and other sea creatures that comes in different shapes, colors and sizes underneath the azure and crystal water of the reef? Taking pictures can give you a one of a kind experience but there are some ways to do get the job done with zest and gusto.

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The first and foremost, is to obtain a waterproofing housing for the camera, that is, the inexpensive small point and shoot camera. Why? Because under water SLR camera maybe more expensive than the camera with housing. Underwater cameras can fetch to around $150 and comes along with it some risks for you to take, hmmm, just like taking the bullets by your teeth. If you don’t want to be a risk taker why not settle for cheaper camera like the reliable Sony Powershot which is equipped with high end point and shoot and an underwater case to shield it.

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Indeed, this is a very practical yet efficient way whilst you save some of your precious and hard-earned money. Thus the good first step is to buy a camera that you can use housing for it and drop the idea of buying DSLR while you intend to take pictures under the sea, unless you have ample amount of money to shell out for the expensive underwater camera.

Taking pictures underwater may give you some challenges to hurdle and conquer:

First thing is avoid things under the water can pose any harm on you, like avoiding diving into the waters that is infested with sharks or deadly jellyfishes. Problems with lighting or even the lack of it also poses a major problem to you. To take pictures under water you are in dire need of light from the cameras flash or better perhaps from other source, to enable you to shoot for great photos

Whilst shooting near the surface you need to adjust your camera setting to a small ISO speed, as you get deeper at around 30 to 40 feet, keep an eye with the shutter speed. At this depth the bottom light will be low, and if you begin with shutter speeds of 1 / 30, 1 / 15, or lower, the pictures taken are blurred, which can be unfortunate since you can only know the outcome once you already have printed copies of your pictures. For this reason it is wise to purchase a point and shoot underwater camera that is equipped with a low-noise at high ISO, which must be low.

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If you encounter some problems with the color, blurriness or mist in your photos. No problem, since there is the Adobe Photoshop that permits you to make some corrections to the flaws in your taken photos right away to make them look really good. This is a great method as it is, but nothing beats the photos that is not unedited, you can do this by simply taking the best pictures to the best of your abilities at all times which is far more rewarding.

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Here is a Brief guide for Buying Underwater Digital Cameras

Underwater digital cameras are a exceptionally designed digital camera built for still and video photography to capture the nature’s bounty under the sea, like the dazzling corals, and the enchanting fishes that comes in groups, pairs or in solitary. The underwater world is teeming and brimming with lots of wonderful and vibrant things to capture with your camera. The underwater digital camera permits you to get awesome and decent pictures that truly replicate the scenery that is filled with colorful and vibrant marine flora and fauna. Armed with a multi-function, color correction filter and macro lens, the underwater digital camera is cinched to give you splendid picture quality.

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The Intova IC-700 7.0MP digital camera that has an underwater housing, can be purchased at a reasonable price. This underwater digital camera has 7 megapixels, macro mode and built-in flash take crisp pictures even at five feet underwater.

The SeaLife DC800 underwater camera presents glossy and up to date design with high-tech features. Equipped with an 8-megapixel camera, now you can have the best possible photos, in and out of the water. This new type of camera guarantee you to have the easiest step to set up a graphic on-screen, you can spread out the camera with wide-angle lens and Digital Pro Flashes accessories. Additionally, this has also enduring lithium battery for an all day diving experience, armed with an automatic focus from 2″ to infinity, has a large format continuous video recording with sound, it is tested to a depth of up to 200 feet, it is fully shielded with rubber shield for shock protection and has a generous 1-year warranty that also covers the underwater housing and the camera itself.

If you are seeking for a renowned underwater digital that is used by professional diving photographers, you may resort to Nikon D3 underwater digital cameras. This camera is high-end as far as technology is concerned. This camera type is much sought after and indeed a cut above the rest. Launched with an ideal auto exposure, enormous viewfinder and precise auto and fast, Nikon D3 is a real treat as it is ergonomically protected with Sea&Sea MDX-D3 housing. This superb 10-megapixel camera has feature specifically built to take great photographs, in underwater or in the surface.

Another great camera in the offing is the Panasonic SDR-SW20. A study model specially tailored for you, if you desire an easy-to-use and lightweight device. It comes with a 10x optical zoom and MPEG-2 format that can reach up to 10 Mbps. This camera is one of the finest digital cameras available for video recording. Its pitfall, however, is its low 0.3MP 640×480 still imaging capability. The still imaging options are fundamentally missing in this model.

Not be outdone is the Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1. This camera type is the one of the best-designed underwater digital camera for up to 5 feet depth of water. Equipped with a resounding 4GB card, and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 640×480 powers, the Xacti E1 could work with efficacy for over a whopping 5 hours. This camera also has a concrete 5x optical zoom with a 6MP CCD at up to ISO1600 power which is perfect for taking still images, The flip out view screen is a special key feature of this superb underwater digital camera that helps you avoid risk of bumping in with underwater things while swimming.

The Canon G10-WP merged with DB28 housing is a Canon’s most highly developed compact camera with the capability to work under water up to a depth of 130 feet. With a pleasing underwater digital camera package, Canon G-10 will provide you a highly detailed and high resolution images, It is also has an brilliant LCD, wide-angle lens and many dedicated controls, that helps you whip out performance like a serious and top notch photographer.

And last but definitely not the least is the Olympus SW series, which can also be a force to reckon with. This camera comes with a splendid 10 Megapixels, ISO1600, and a 3.6x optical zoom feature and allows you dive with this camera at a depth of 6.6 feet.

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4 Responses

  1. lindsay says:

    What a horrible article?!

    I mean, if you are going to tell people to take a point and shoot underwater, then show an image taken by a point and shoot underwater!!!! Not a professionally shot image likely taken with a canon 5D or better.

    I can not believe all of the horrible advise given in this article..

  2. Maan…Very very and very handy post… awesome one…thanks for sharing…

  3. You have shared very informative post.This will be really useful to beginner in this field.Thank you for sharing.

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