To become a successful underwater photographer means mastering two things – diving and photography. Each will require you learn a different skill set but once mastered the synergy of both will quickly elevate you from a novice to a pro.
An underwater experience is completely different from being on land but can be much more exotic and rewarding. Here are some tips that will put you on the path to being a successful underwater photographer.
By all means take advantage of the scene modes that your camera has already built in. The Panasonic Lumix TS2 allows you to be an instant expert by simply using the built in modes. These modes are already set to the correct setting to help you capture breath-taking underwater photos. By using these modes you easily be able to capture any type of fast-moving marine life.
Be sure to use the flash on your dive camera while underwater. Flash is one of your best friends while underwater because the amount of life that is available to you will disappear the deeper you go underwater. Flash helps to better illuminate your underwater subjects so that you take perfect photos every time. Also, an off-camera flash is best because you get to position yourself in a manner that will virtually eliminate backscatter.
Be patient and remember that photography is about the experience and not race. Don’t become discouraged if you have to remain in one spot for a while just to get one shot. Take into consideration that you are in someone else’s territory and it may take just a little while to become welcomed.
Practice, practice and more practice. One great thing about digital underwater photography is that you can see the results of your efforts almost instantaneously. Armed with a media card that stores a large amount of data you can shoot hundreds of photos without worrying always concerning yourself with the quality.
So experiment as much as you like until you discover the angles that work best for you and don’t forget to back up your digital photos once you have them saved on your computer.
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