Underwater Photography Tips


Amazing Underwater Photography Tips

Doesn’t underwater photography appear ecstatic? If you wish to excel underwater photography like a pro, your ultimate aim should be delivering some eye-catchy, unusual images around. However, it becomes a challenging task along with some fairly pricey equipment to achieve spellbinding underwater photography. It is recommended to practice the underwater photography techniques beforehand –by being comfortable in the water.

Here are some of the pro ideas that can help you in taking bespoke underwater photographs:

  • Practice Beforehand in the Pool: Before you attempt taking underwater photographs professionally out in the sea or ocean, wherein the water might be quite unpredictable, you should practice beforehand in the swimming pool. You would preferably require some specialized underwater housing for achieving the desired results.


Most of the famous point & shoot as well as the DSLR cameras are available with plastic cases that seal in the lens and the camera parts. Mostly, these tend to be watertight, and are required for protecting the camera equipment. Aim at keeping the polarizer filter attached to the camera equipment as it helps in reducing flare along with unwanted reflections from the water surface.


  • Catch Some Action: For the best results, it is recommended to practice holding yourself underwater for prolonged periods of time while holding the camera steady. You should aim at making use of the low ISO camera setting for getting a fine-grained photograph along with a shutter speed of around 1/250th of the second or even more. You can also consider making use of the on-camera flash while shooting in the swimming pool for freezing some action. Try wearing goggles if you are not able to keep your eyes open underwater.


  • Split Photos Underwater: One of the significant technical challenges faced by professional photographers while taking the split photographs underwater is that the overall exposure value of the photograph above the surface of water often turns out different from that under the water. This occurs due to the refraction happening under the water –affecting the overall focus above the water segment. You can overcome the same by making use of the specialized “split diopter effects or filters” that are designed to compensate for the given problem.


  • Lighting: When you are taking images underwater, you would require a specialized underwater flashgun referred to as the strobe. It is recommended to set the ISO of your camera as low as possible. This is because the low light conditions underwater will result in grainy images –aim at selecting ISO value to around 50 to 25 if this serves to be an option for the camera.


  • Zoom in for Perfect Detailing: When you are doing macro photography underwater, it can help in creating stunning images. You can make use of a macro camera lens (usually around 50 mm to 200 mm) for focusing on the subjects that are inches or cms away. You should capture the underwater images with the RAW format for the best results.


Capture amazing underwater images!

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