If you’re one of those guys that loves nature, chances are that you also love photography. It is pretty easy to photograph things when they are out in the open, but it becomes a whole different thing when you want to photograph things that are underwater, such as marine life. Looking at photos, it might seem like a very easy affair, but wait until you get under the water with a camera. That is when you’ll wonder how the other photographers actually do it. in this article, we are going to discuss some underwater photography tips.
- It is very important to get as close to the subject as possible, preferably within 12 inches, and this is because water tends to reduce color, contrast, and sharpness.
- The flash of the camera should be turned on, and if the camera has the forced flash mode, that would be better.
- For the best shots, one should get as low as possible and shoot at an upward angle in order to capture their subject nicely. Shooting downwards could lead to dark and unclear images.
- Keep the subject’s eyes in focus when making the shots.
- Ensure that you’re a good diver before attempting to take underwater photographs.
- You should try out your camera when it is in the housing, before you enter the water. You can take shots of flowers, or something of the sort.
- You should always set the camera to the highest resolution, and the lowest ISO.
- When not using a flash, use the underwater mode, or custom white balance, and auto white balance when using a flash.
Best Trolling Reels
If you intend to take underwater photography, it means that you’re probably a fan of fish, and you might just have an interest in fishing. That is the reason why we are now going to review some of the best trolling reels that you can find on the market today.
Winner – Penn Squall Level Wind Reel
This is a reel that comes with bronze gears that have a stainless steel pinion, which reduces friction. The drag stack features 3 carbon fiber drag washers that are backed by two drag spin. The reel has two anti-reverse systems, anti-reverse bearing and a backup anti-reverse bog, and the gear ratio allows for fast line recovery.
- Penn SQL20LW squall conventional
- Reel, RH, 2BB + 1RB, 4.9: 1 ratio
- Alum spool, Braid 20/865, 30/650, mono 17/415, 20/315
- Reels saltwater level wind
- Graphite frame and side plates keep the reel lightweight
- Machined high-strength main gear is marine grade bronze alloy
- High strength stainless steel pinion gear for the ideal smoothness
- HT-100 drag washers remain cool and smooth in the heat of battle
- 2+1 shielded stainless steel bearing system and anti-reverse
Runner Up – Okuma Cold Water Line Counter Trolling Reel
The Cold Water features a powerful drag foundation that has heavy-duty machine cut brass pinion gears, dual anti-reverse system, and full carbonite drag system. Internal components feature a Mechanical Stabilizing System for durability and long-term alignment of gears and shafts.
- Lightweight corrosion resistant side-plates and frame
- Multi-Disc carbonite drag system
- 2BB+1RB stainless steel bearings
- Self-lubricating gearing system
- Speed lock pinion gear system
- Ratcheting star drag for precision
- 1-year limited warranty
Alternative – Okuma Magda Pro Line Counter Level Wind Trolling Reel
With this reel, the mechanical line counter function has a rubber push button reset. It features a carbonate drag system, durable machine cut brass gears, and self-lubricating gear system. Some of the other features that it has include a lightweight corrosion resistant frame and side plates, corrosion resistant graphite spools, stainless steel reinforcing side plate rings, and it is backed by a 1-year warranty.
- Made using the highest quality materials
- Tested for reliability and quality
- Used by professionals worldwide
- Line Counter
- Lightweight corrosion resistant frame and side plates
- Holds 420 yds. 20 lb. test
- 2 stainless steel ball bearings
- Stainless steel level wind line guide
Before you try out the underwater photography, you first might want to learn how to dive, and also fish a little so that you get an idea of the fish that live in the water. This will give you a better idea as to what to expect down there, once you get there.