Underwater Digital Photography
[easyazon-block asin=”B003XVYFJA” align=”left”]For the novice photographer who wants to improve their skills at underwater
digital photography there are some things that you must learn to guarantee you get good looking photos every time.
Maybe you are already quite adept at shooting great photos with a digital camera on land but when you try and utilize those same skills underwater your pictures are not worth showing.
Problems Encountered with Underwater Digital Photography
Many photographers that begin shooting pictures underwater experience the same types of problems such as:
- Their photos are usually covered by white circles or dots that resemble snow
- The photos lack clarity and are usually blurry
- The photos will lack sharpness and contrast between the subject and background
- The photos are devoid of color and the color of the pictures are mostly bluish green
However, with a few tips the photographer will be able to quickly correct these fundamental challenges. Once the mistakes have been corrected only practice and experimentation will improve the photography skills.
Blue pictures are the normally the result of the photographer not using a flash or using a flash where the distance is too great. Water, unlike land, absorbs light very fast. The warmer colors such as reds go first and then the yellows. For example, the color red will quickly disappear at twelve to fifteen feet. At this level it is best to be within three feet of your subject prior to shooting your pictures.
When you shoot a photo underwater the light must travel away from the flash to the subject and back again to the lens. Therefore, if you’re are 4 feet away, the light has to travel a total of 8 feet and this leads to a very poor picture. Water always makes things appear much larger and closer than they actually are, about 20-25% larger.
The underwater camera does not actually see what the photographer sees in terms of size and it has no way to account for extra distance. If the photographer is close to the edge of what the flash is capable of, the extra distance will be too much and will blow the shot.
Sometimes the problem of poor underwater digital photography stems from using a flash, which is, known as backscatter. This problems stems when the flash from the camera is reflected off many tiny particles that may be suspended in ocean. To remedy this problem the photographer should use the external flash or strobe that is positioned on the side of the camera. This allows the camera’s light to be reflected elsewhere instead of directly back into the lens of the camera. A diffuser is also another way to help properly diffuse the light.
When the photographer attempts to shot a photo through heavy water it results in blurry pictures. Again, the solution is to get closer to the subject being photographed. A good rule of thumb for a beginner photographer is to focus on macro shots. Once the closer shots are mastered then its time to move further out. Water is much denser than air and this makes it more difficult to obtain crisp and sharp photos when shooting underwater.
A photographer will have the option to add more contrast while processing the photos on their PC but for a more authentic looking photo its best to get it right with the waterproof digital camera.
The general theme here for most beginners is to get as close to the subject as possible and use an external strobe when necessary. It also helps when the photographer can take the photos at eye-level with the subject and shoot at an upward angle. If you’re brand new to underwater digital photography, just employ these simply underwater digital photography tips and you will see noticeable improvements in your photos.