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Underwater Photography

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Underwater photography can present a large challenge to any photographer; there are many points that need to be considered from your own safety to how to make the most of the environment to enable you to achieve the greatest image.

Underwater photography does require some different equipment, mainly your camera. Underwater cameras are available in both film and digital format and range from disposable film cameras that work in up to depths of 3 to 5 metres in the water or specialist underwater SLR cameras that can sustain much deeper depths. SLR systems tend to be more bulkier and heavy however they are more flexible relating to the type of images that you will be taking, and offer you a wider choice of lens and focus.

When undertaking any underwater photography, your main priority should be your safety. Most deep level underwater photography will be done whilst scuba diving therefore it is important that you should have a reasonable level of experience and skill before going in to the water to guarantee you remain safe. Underwater photography will require practice and it may take some time to perfect your technique. Marine life can be scared away easily; as you become more experienced you will likely be calmer in the water and not have this effect. Also your underwater photography skills should improve as you learn what technique works in that specific environment.

Taking pictures underwater provides a new challenge to photographers, one of the main obstacles the photographer will have to deal with is the loss of colour and contrast when in a significant depth of water. To solve this problem the photographer will have to get as close to the subject as possible which will hopefully minimise the loss of colour and use a flash to restore any lost colour.