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how do you shoot?

Discussion in 'Underwater Photography' started by rameus, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. rameus

    rameus Dive Travel Professional

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    since there are so many ways to do underwater photography and everyone tries to do it right i just wrote an article about proper diving with a camera and what the most common challenges and issues are.

    let me know your feedback.

    thanks
    thom
     
  2. Larry C

    Larry C Dive Con

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    Pretty good article. There were one or two editing errors (you forgot the word "close" for instance).
    Couple of good additions:
    1. Don't chase your subject!!!!!!! (All you'll get is fish butts that way anyway, so ease up and wait for the subject to approach you if necessary)
    2. When you have to risk damage to the reef to get the shot, take a different picture.
    3. If you have issues with buoyancy or knowing your location while framing and shooting your picture, see #2.
    4. Even though that Angel Shark or Electric ray is sitting perfectly still in the sand, it is not slow or defenseless. Don't find out the hard way.
     
  3. rameus

    rameus Dive Travel Professional

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    hi Larry

    thanks for the message! where was the "close"-thing? couldn't find it ;-)

    i took the liberty of adding two of your points to my list - thanks!

    thom
     
  4. 00wabbit

    00wabbit Manta Ray

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    I learned something simple I didn't think about when shooting wearing a drysuit. If you are going for a vertical compisition (portrait orientation) put your right hand up and left hand down. I have a habit of rotating the other way because I aam left handed and I kept dumping the air from my drysuit. After awhile I figured out why I was sinking after taking a shot.

    Now I close my drysuit valve a little more to help. And rotate my right hand up.
     
  5. Larry C

    Larry C Dive Con

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    "You have to get in order for the flash or strobes to be effective."

    It's hard to proofread your own stuff, because you read it the way you wanted to write it.
     
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  6. caymaniac

    caymaniac Giant Squid

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    Haven't been diving with my camera for a while and I'm still testing out my options. I've been renting.
    The Bermuda, built in 1860 found near Munising,Mich. on Lake Superior
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  7. supergaijin

    supergaijin Dive Shop

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    Good article- I personally would add some specifics ie.

    How close is close? Some divers think getting 10' from the subject is 'close'... it aint. 10 inches is more like it.

    How shallow is shallow? Most divers dive to the limits of their certification level. For a lot of u/w photography (and the photographers) 70' is waaaaay to deep. 25' is more like it.
     

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