underwater Photo Course :: (1) The Basics
Starting Underwater Photography
U/W Photo Course
Learn u/w photography the easy way!
Underwater photography is very different to every other kind of photography.
In fact, it's the most difficult kind of photography there is.
There are the
environmental pressures and, compared to land photography, there is a whole new
set of variables to contend with (which are many and difficult to assess). You
don't have to be a masochist to be an underwater photographer but it helps!
Not put off yet? Good! Underwater photography can also be FUN. In fact it can
be as much fun as you'll ever have with your dive gear on! But, it does cost
money, it does involve a load of effort, and it does mean that you have to take
on board some knowledge to get the most out of it.
Who should do u/w photography?
People who take up underwater photography generally do so from one of two angles; either as a photographer who would like to specialize, or a diver who would like a second interest in the sport.
For me, it started when I got my dive qualification my instructor said "Fine! now what are you going to do?".
I pondered on what she meant. I think it was that no matter how wonderful the diving experience is
it does take something to motivate you on a cold day! Enhancement of your diving is just one valid reason to take up underwater photography. So is wanting to share the experience of the good dives with others (who may not even be divers).
The pre requisite is not just learning to dive but also reaching the stage where you are totally at ease in the water. Once you have done that learning underwater photography is no harder than learning to dive, although
there are fewer sources of instruction! However, by picking up this book, you
have tapped in to a mine of information and, providing you get over the first
few hurdles, you will soon be snappin' with the best of them!
A word of warning: beware, when the bug bites, it bites hard. If you're
already a diver it may change you diving habits forever. Don't worry though, you
won't automatically become an outcast on dive boats - and you will learn
to appreciate the underwater environment even more than you do already!
To reiterate: a lot of underwater photographers begin as land
photographers. It is a logical progression to graduate to underwater photography
when you start diving. If this is you, and you are already familiar with the
basics of photography, then you could skip this chapter and move on to the next.
If you are not already a photographer then read this chapter as many
times as it takes to understand it fully.
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