Stupid Easy how to take pictures underwater, Page 2

CLOSE IS GOOD:

Get as close to your subject as you can and still keep the water in it. Getting close reduces the filtration the water naturally has, the contrast is greater and the subject stands out a lot more.

The left pix above definitely is a turtle but blends in with the reef. Moving to another angle, getting much lower and filling some of the shot with water helps with isolating the subject.

These were taken at the very same reef with cloudy skies.  This is a classic example of getting close to capture both the main subject and get reasonable color definition.  Less water between you and the subject, the better the chances of a good photo. Maybe a really good one.

THE ELEPHANT RULE: Think about this a minute.  Most of the time while we dive we are looking down.  It's a natural thing to do cause' most of the time we're looking for things or at something.  When we find something we get closer to it......unless it's a really mad thing with big teeth.

OK, you found something. Now you want to get a picture of it to show to those unfortunate souls who don't dive.  We also have a problem.

Spatial relationship variables as applied to diving. 

Definition: our ability to adjust our skinny, fat, tall, short, (whatever) bodies with all this gear on that makes us want to be a fish, so we stay a certain number of feet above a reef.

Uhh, if you're lost now we call it buoyancy control.

You have to be pretty good at it unless you want to smash into -or- just lay on top of the reef, which of course, is not wise to do.  So get very comfortable with your gear and your ability to hover no matter what position or where you are.

Practice it with the camera gear you'll be using.  And don't forget all those hoses that you might have hanging down.  Tuck em' in or secure them so they don't get caught on anything.