take pictures like an underwater wizard

 

How to take pictures like photography’s underwater wizards

We spent a day at the New Jersey shore recently and that Atlantic surf was rough. I got tumbled a few times and had to hold onto my bathing trunks. Watching the surf got us thinking and talking about taking photos in the water. What was clear to us was that the water we were swimming in, especially with the churning surf, wasn’t clear. Even if we wanted to use our waterproof mobile phone to take some photos the photos would most likely be poor.

The discussion got us thinking about a marine biology site we’d visited in the Pacific where they were tending dolphins and working to preserve the local reefs. One thing we recalled was how clear the water was and how nice it might have been to see some underwater photos taken in the area. We know nothing about underwater photography but got interested enough to look into what it might involve and what the results were for photographers who did know underwater photography.

Our online research led us to an article that appeared on CNN and features three photographers who are considered experts in the underwater photography world. They are Brian Skerry, Adriana Basques, and David Fleetham.

Here’s a bit of what CNN had to say. “When it comes to underwater photography, though, few people have what it takes… We asked some of the planet’s best underwater shooters for tips on the technique and equipment they use to make superlative marine photography. They shared their secrets and some of their best shots.”

If you enjoy underwater photography take a look at these photos to get started and then follow the link after the photos to see the CNN article and over 20 excellent photos.

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I don’t know what you will think of these photos, but we were impressed. See the entire set of photos along with the advice and observations of these three experts here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/25/travel/qa-diving-photographers/

Walter Krieg
wkrieg@dotphoto.com
http://www.dotphoto.com

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