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Underwater Photo Tips: Part Two

Underwater Photo Tips For Beginners 

Earlier, we came out with an article that highlighted some basic underwater photography tips for beginners. You can check our last post here:

Underwater Photography Tips: 5 Basics

However, the realm of underwater photography is extremely vast and there are so many tips and suggestions we have for you!

Which is why we have come up with a part two!

Here are a few more basic underwater photo tips for you

Focus On The Eyes

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Photo of a frogfish by Donarun Das at Temple Reef.

Since we can never tell what the subject is thinking in a photograph. Animal or humans, we focus on the eyes. Eyes are extremely communicative and expressive. In fact when we scuba dive, you can easily tell how your buddy is doing by their eyes. Having the subjects eyes in focus also means that your subject is engaging with you. It makes for a good photo!

Shoot In Raw

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Photo of a lionfish taken by Donarun Das at Temple Reef.

Taking photos in RAW can prove more beneficial in the long run. RAW tends to capture a whole lot more data than the other formats. This in turn allows you to play a lot more while post processing. You get to bring out a lot more colour and shadows by shooting i RAW as compared to JPG.

Backscatter

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Photo taken by Tanvi Gautama.

If you happen to be using an in-built flash camera or external strobes, then this tip is for you! If you are diving in an area with not the best visibility, then your best option would be to forgo the flash and external light. As this will only increase the backscatter in your images. You can also avoid it by keeping your strobe likes stretched out. Another reason for backscatter is silted up bottoms. Make sure to be wary of your position and avoid touching the bottom and silting up the place!

Practice

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Photo Taken by Shubham Kulkarni.

The best tip you can get is to simply practice. Because, practice does indeed make you perfect. Practice becoming a good diver and then practice taking photos underwater. Once you get the hang of it you will start to develop your own style and will know your way around underwater photography better!

Want to learn more about underwater photography?

Then the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course is just for you! Send us a message here to book your course with us.

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