Underwater Photography Tips: 5 Basics

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Underwater photography tips can always help all kinds of photographers who are looking to dive into this field. While we understand that underwater photography can be daunting in the beginning, a few basic tips can always help! Which is why we have composed this brief article of 5 basic tips you can follow when photographing underwater.

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A full camera set up. 

So let us get into these basics, shall we?

Here are 5 underwater photography tips for you

1. Backup

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Photo taken by Donarun Das. 

We cannot stress this one enough. It is extremely crucial, not just an underwater photographer but also as a photographer to be mindful of backing up your work. In fact, we even recommend having a backup of your backup. Also, it is important to keep in mind to always carry extra memory cards and batteries if you can. You can never be too sure of malfunctions and it is always best to be prepared beforehand.

2. White Balance

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Always check your white balance.

If you are diving on a sunny day you might want to keep your white balance from throwing you off. You can do this by simply taking a photo of your hand before taking a photo and set your white balance according to that.

3. Bubble Test

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A full camera set up. 

It is extremely important to do a thorough bubble test before you set out for your dive. A bubble test is when you immerse your camera setup in a small pool of freshwater. This is how you check if your camera housing has any sneaky leaks you need to worry about. You then take a test shot to ensure that your camera is taking photos properly without giving you any issues. You do this process to eliminate any element of surprise that you burn a hole in your pocket.

4. RTM

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Photo taken by Tanvi Gautama. 

What is RTM? It stands for READ THE MANUAL. In fact, this stands true for every dive equipment you ever buy. If you have recently purchased new gear, there is a high chance you do not know everything about it. Which is why it is always best and safe to read the instruction manual beforehand.

5. Lens Protection

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Photo taken by Donarun Das 

Protecting your lens goes without saying. But how to protect it on the boat before and after your dive? Well, it is simple! Make sure your lens is wrapped in neoprene covering. Or if you do not have a neoprene cover, just wrap it up securing in a wetsuit! This way you can easily ensure no scratches on your port.
Underwater photography is a vast subject. Which is why this month we will be coming up with photography Mondays. Where every Monday we will have an article mainly for underwater photography.
Interested in becoming an underwater photographer? Check out our PADI course here.
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