Underwater photography is so much fun but most people don’t know how to go about it. Once you know your way around with underwater photography, you won’t miss out the opportunity of keeping memories of your underwater activities. Underwater sports and activities have become increasingly common and if you are interested in doing that then it may be worth learning more about underwater photography. Cozumel snorkeling tour are a confirmation that there are more people doing snorkeling than it was a few years ago. Some of the basic rules of underwater photography include:
Practice your swimming skills
Well to do underwater photography you have to be a good swimmer. It would therefore be good to upgrade your water skills and maybe know how to dive well. If you are good at buoyancy, then it would be easier to get composed images. If you were a good swimmer you will also not pose an environmental threat by crashing into the reef while trying to get a shot. It will help you not get hurt while trying to take pictures. It will also help you balance your time well such that you will be able to take the shots before running out of air underwater. Being a master in water skills will basically change the whole experience and make it more exciting.
Get close to animals for the best shot
Water is much denser than air and therefore to get the best pictures that are clear but have good contrast and good lighting you will have to be close to your subjects. It is also advisable not only to be closer to your subjects, but take the shot on top of your subject. Shooting wide is also very useful for getting close to the subject. The ordinary focal lengths that you use on air might not work in water as that will result to dim and murky images. Wide angle shooting will however help in correcting that.
When doing underwater photography, always shoot upwards towards the surface. When you take it upwards it will be possible to separate your subjects and that will help in creating more clarity. If possible use a 45 degree or a 90 degree viewfinder.
Focus on exposure
Exposure is what will define the kind of results that you will get from your photography. Since artificial lighting is mostly used for underwater photography, you need to learn to create a balance between the ISO, aperture and speed to make sure that you have the right exposure. Once there is a balance, getting well exposed images is easy.
Proper editing skills
As much as taking the photos is the most important part in photography, the editing part also goes along way. Since most of the time underwater photography will be done in raw mode, then you will need advanced editing skills. It is advisable to use Adobe light room or Photoshop. Apart from the right software, you also need the right editing skills.