Underwater Photography Guide: How Divers can Capture the Beauty of Marine Life

One of the most exciting aspects of scuba diving is capturing the beauty of marine life through underwater photos. But underwater photography can be tricky, especially for divers who have no background in photography.

How do you make non-divers get just as excited about exploring the beautiful marine life underwater? Learn the basic techniques of underwater photography. You don’t need to shell out a lot of cash for that. Here are some tips for beginners:

Shooting on the surface

The most spectacular photo opportunities can be found not just underneath the sea but also on its surface.

  • Use a wide-angle lens. For sure, you will come across sharks and whales that will make great subjects for your photos!
  • If you don’t have a fully manual camera, you can use the EV minus mode to achieve reflections on your photos.
  • Shoot upward to capture the splendid blue sky and clouds, as well as the light coming through the water surface.

Photography hacks for sharper underwater shots

  • Use your camera’s built-in flash.
  • Add a diffuser to your camera to enhance the texture and colors of your shots.
  • For capturing moving subjects, use an ISO of 200.
  • For low-light conditions, use a high ISO of 400.
  • For stationary subjects, a low ISO of 100 is good enough.
  • To make your blue background more vibrant, increase your camera’s shutter speed or adjust its EV minus.

Photographing tiny marine creatures

Shrimps, seahorses, and other diminutive sea creatures look great on photos if you use a close-up lens with an external flash attached to your camera.

Photographing larger scenes

Fisheye lenses and wide-angle lenses are the perfect tools to capture caves, huge creatures, school of fish, and massive coral reefs, as they increase the camera’s field of view to fit as much scene into the frame as possible.