Underwater Photography – A Beginners Guide

Underwater photography captures images that are impossible to see from above the water.  Effortless composition and the most ethereal scenes can be achieved by honing your skills and with the right equipment.

If you are thinking about branching out into the underwater world of photography, there are a few essential items that you will need to get you going.  Whether you are a skilled diver looking to capture the amazing sights you see in the deep, or new to both diving and underwater photography you will benefit greatly from having everything you need from the get-go.

Find A Protective Underwater Housing For Your Camera

Chances are you already have a really good camera and that you are pretty good at taking photographs at ground level. Whatever camera you use, it will need additional equipment to make it usable under water.

Specially designed underwater housings will protect your camera in even the deepest of seas.  Most housings are made from aluminum, feature access to many controls, and have the ability to add lots of artificial lights with strobes.  Check your surroundings though, as some housings are well suited to still water, while others cope better with the lashing waves of the high seas.

Always Take Back Up Power

Your day shooting beneath the big blue could be seriously compromised if you run out of camera battery halfway through.  To ensure that you are able to operate your camera for a good few hours, invest in a mobile battery station that will enable you to charge your camera away from home.  The RIVER mobile power stations offer a variety of input options meaning you can also charge your phone or other devices as well as your camera.

Never Lose Your Way

If you are planning a big adventure in open seas, you need to be sure that you won’t lose your way.   Choose your destination wisely and be sure that you know where you are planning to dive before you set off.  GPS systems can also help you to plan your route and offer important information about your destination.  Your GPS system will most probably be charged using a USB connection on your laptop. As your inventory of portable devices grows, you can see just how useful a mobile power station can become as you can charge the laptop that supplies power to your GPS, in the middle of anywhere.

Keep Your Wits About You And Stay Safe

As with any sport involving water, keeping safe and knowing your limits is imperative for incident-free photography.  You should never go on your own in case you find yourself in trouble in the deep water and unable to signal for help.  Bring company, it is definitely safer.  You should also make sure that you take all the usual equipment with you.  Your cell phone, for example, should be fully charged and close at hand in case of emergencies.

Bringing a mobile power pack on your travels not only ensures that you are able to enjoy a full days shooting, it also means the necessities you rely on to stay safe will always be on hand to help you.

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