underwater Photo Course :: (8) underwater Photo Subjects
U/W Photo Subjects
U/W Photo Course
Learn u/w photography the easy way!
Ultimately it doesn't matter what camera you use, nor
which film you've got loaded, it's what is in front of the camera that matters.
Your subject is the one thing you can't buy - and the one thing that you usually
In many respects, the underwater photographer is only as
good as his/her subject matter. Indeed, an 'eye' for photography can be thought
of as being the ability to photographically define a subject. In this chapter I
am going to discuss the various methods with which you can give underwater
subjects a sympathetic treatment.
Subjects inevitably fall into separate categories and
can perhaps be most conveniently defined by the special interests that divers
and the public have (which creates a demand for underwater images in the first
place). Or, perhaps even more importantly for the competitive photographer,
categories can be defined by the most common categories used in
It could be equally valid to classify underwater subject
matter by the focal length of the lens used. Also, on a broad level, subjects do
tend to divide up into marine life (both vertebrate and invertebrate), scenic
shots such as wrecks, and divers. I intend to treat macroPhotography of smaller subjects shot (between 1:1 and 1:3) on macro settings or with macro equipment and close-up
photography as subject areas in their own right.
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