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In this Photography tutorial you will learn how to take underwater photographs easily.
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James: Alright here we are, we’re at Virgin Islands, Rob holding the camera. We’re about to go on our first dive of our trip, we’re doing a wreck dive. We’re going to take some pictures to see how dark it is down there. We are going to about 75 feet but all of my underwater photos that I take is just with this little Canon Power Shot A75, 3.2-megapixel camera and I've just got a Canon.
Rob: How old is that?
James: I would say it’s probably five years old now. And this is the Canon DC30 underwater housing. It’s just a very simple housing, all the buttons are there. So, you have full functionality of all your controls and options in your camera, some underwater housing limit you to the uses of the camera.
Now, one thing that I didn’t find to get really crystal clear images underwater is, I shoot everything aperture priority at 2.8 and shoot everything wide open and I put the macro feature on it, and usually I’m trying to get in real close to show some of the corals and stuff like that.
So, I’ve got the macro feature on 2.8 and what I’ll do this, I’ll do a custom white balance and it’s really easy to do a custom white balance with this camera. It’s called evaluative custom white balance. And all you do is you set the function to custom white balance, so when you click your function key, it meters the whole scene, adjusts the white balance for that right there. So, it’s like I'm holding my great camera underwater ready and it kind of difficult.
So, every time I go to a different kind of scene underwater, either I’m in the darker shade or I’m in a different spot of coral or the corals all changes colors, I’ll just click my function once to get in the function mode twice really evaluative white balance boom and its done.
Once you do that, all the colors came out, they're all vibrant. I don’t get the whole blue hue tone to the whole image because underwater, it’s just a blue spectrum. So when you do the custom white balance, you get all the true colors underwater. It really shows it well. And also do it with the video too, you can do a custom white balance first in here, you got custom white balance in the video.
I shoot at 100 ISO for this. Like I said, we’ll see how deep we are and we’ll see what clarities like as far –
Rob: How do you focus?
James: It’s all on the focus. One thing what I like about when you’re putting a macro, who hold the same thing like any DSL or point to you’re holding, shutter button down halfway focuses on the closest point and then that walks on boom, take the picture.
Rob: So, compensation in critical?
James: Composition is critical and a lot of compositions critical and pretty well—attempt to start doing what you say.
James: So the one thing I’m always looking for is, I’m always looking where the light is, I guess the light is coming from above of course, but sometimes when you get direct sunlight, I’ll try to get to the side of the coral or something where I can at least get some side lighting on, so it gives a little more in depth. So you actually see all the looks and kinds stuff like that. So I'm just using my flash. I don’t use my flash on this camera just because it’s just a built-in flash that, it’s not that bright.
And not only that, one thing I noticed, when you do use flash and the flash goes off, every little piece and little particles that’s in the water stuff is just like it shows up. So, all of a sudden, you may not see with the naked eye, but when you put flash and later, boom you get a whole image and all of these white little particles that looks like dust. So I like to use this no flash and look for the light. Try to find where the light is, get to the right angle where the light is, get that nice, I mean, like with anything you know the light cast shadows, more shadows you have, the more depth you have, more definition detail you have in the coral.
Rob: Do you want to go?
James: Sure because we’re going to give it a shot.
Rob: Hello everybody this is Rob — here. I just want to talk a little bit about one of my favorite past times besides scuba diving and that is snork. You know all the stuff that James talked about– when he talked about taking pictures underwater while scuba diving. To be quite honest with you, we have just as much fun, sometimes more fun taking underwater images with the same camera, same housing while snorkeling. You know sometimes close to the shore or of reefs. We can dive down10 to 15 feet and you get some amazing images. All the images that I'm showing you right now are all done while snorkeling, and you often get better light because it’s closer to shore and you often get a whole lot of interesting marine life. We’ve got swam with schools and schools of thousandths of fish, turtles, fish of all sizes as well as rays. And just a whole of it, but exact same rules apply and that’s how you can get some amazing underwater camera pictures even lovely.