Have you ever seen an underwater photograph, depicting the coral reef maybe, or a school of vibrant fish swimming? Or perhaps, you have had the chance to snorkel or go scuba diving and been introduced to the beautiful underwater world of marine life. What many of us overlook as a form of art and fine art at that is underwater photography. We are aware that photography is art and that taking pictures of beautiful landscapes captures people and often sell for hefty price tags. But what about the beautiful landscape that can be found under the sea?
Underwater photography is indeed categorized as an art form and photos often show the beauty of shipwrecks, coral reefs, different marine life and cave systems to name a few. What many of us may not realize is that being a underwater photographer and a fairly good one at that, is a lot harder than we may think. Akima, an underwater photographer and friend of mine shared that the biggest hurdle is the lighting? Why? The waves of sunlight that stream down onto the surface of the water are absorbed so everything appears blue and green. Akima, who offers photography and snorkeling tours on the island of Oahu, explained that many times travelers enjoying one of her snorkeling tours will be mesmerized by the beauty that can be found underneath the surface of the water. They aim their underwater cameras thinking they can capture the exact image and often find that the picture just doesn’t do the view as much justice as it deserves. She explains the way the sun’s rays are affected by the water and provides these tips:
Tips To Capture Beautiful Underwater Pictures
- Get as close to the subject of your photo as possible
- Use a flash so that you can help to restore some of the color that was lost when the sunlight was absorbed by the water.
- Use flash in “forced flash” mode
- For best composition- shoot at an upward angle never downward
- Get comfortable with diving/snorkeling and fine tune your skills before setting out to photograph
- Try setting your camera at the highest resolution and the lowest ISO when starting out
- To use natural light only shoot in 20ft of water or less
- If your photos didn’t come out as sharp as you would like, try checking your shutter speed
- You can either purchase an underwater digital camera or a special case that can go around your regular camera to make it waterproof
These are just a few tips to help to create and take the best underwater photographs as possible. Like we mentioned above it is very important that you feel confident and comfortable when diving or snorkeling before attempting to take photos, especially in new waters. Akima, believes that once you get the basics down and are comfortable in the water, you will never want to give up underwater photography. It’s like art plays out right before your eyes in a whole new atmosphere. The objective in capturing your images, is that you can display the beauty and wonder of what you have seen with those above sea level!