Underwater Digital Photography Basics

One area where recent technological advances in photography have really taken root is in the world of underwater digital photography. Individuals who choose underwater photography as their hobby now have a wide range of waterproof digital products to choose from. Getting started in underwater digital photography isn't hard. All you need is a digital camera with a water-proof housing and a place to take pictures.

Camera Maintenance and Care

photo18.jpgA very important part of underwater digital photography is camera maintenance. If you do not maintain your camera and housing in excellent condition, you will not only lose the images you have taken, but you will lose your camera as well. Be sure to check the water-proof camera housing for leaks prior to every underwater venture. Once you are in the water, it is too late. If you see a stream of bubbles coming from the camera housing while it is underwater, it generally signifies a leak in the water-proof housing and should be removed from the water at once to prevent further damage from occurring.

Ideas For Taking Good Photographs

Another important issue of underwater digital photography is keeping the camera steady. A tripod is not really feasible underwater, so the photographer must learn to hold the camera steady under the water. If the camera moves while attempting to take a picture, it will result in a picture that is blurry and unrecognizable.

photo151.jpgThe good thing about underwater digital photography is that any images that are not up to standard can be erased from the memory card easily and without incurring unnecessary expense. The best technique seems to be to brace yourself with both feet and operate the camera with both hands. This technique needs to be practiced by the photographer for a while before they will get the hang of it.

A little known trick of underwater digital photography is to take the photographs with the camera pointed towards the surface of the water. This allows the camera to capture the most amount of light and frames the subject of the photograph against the backdrop of the water. On bright days, the camera's built in flash should be turned off to avoid overexposure of the picture. Finding the right balance between light and shadow will take some practice, and each individual will have a different idea of what is the best lighting for their photographs.

There are many tips and techniques available for individuals who would like to get started in underwater digital photography. Learning the techniques may only take a few minutes, but mastering the techniques can take a lifetime. And in the process, some beautiful images will be created.

photo41.jpgTaking a picture with your camera pointed up toward the surface of the water makes your subject stand out. Beginners often shoot pointing down, obscuring their subject. Pointing up frames your subject against the water. You can also try turning off the camera's built-in flash so you use natural light.

This will silhouette the subject for more dramatic results. Your results will vary considerably depending on how you use light, so experiment for the best results.

The DX-750G housings flash diffuser softens and spreads out the light of the camera's built-in flash and lowers the strength of the light. A strong flash pointed straight through the water can hit small particles floating in the water and reflect back with a strong halo (halation) around each particle. This creates a snowy effect called backscatter. If you get backscatter in a shot, use the flash diffuser to reduce halation.

photo35.jpgYou can zoom in on a distant subject to fill the frame, but water between you and your subject softens and dims your subject. A better solution is not to zoom, but to get as close to your subject as possible. Less water between you and your subject sharpens your image and brings out its colors.

When you have more experience using your camera underwater, you can try getting closer to your subject by extending your hand as shown in this picture. If you can, though, two hands is better as this helps eliminate blur.