Tips, tricks and photographic techniques from Liquid Lense’s underwater digital imaging specialists, to help you understand and photograph using underwater White Balance.
If you are new to underwater photography, one thing you may find is that photographs you are taking using natural light, are coming out with a blue/green cast to them and the true colours are being lost. You can overcome this problem, by learning how to manually set the White Balance on your camera. White Balance is an aspect of photography that many digital camera owners do not understand or use, but it is something well worth learning about, as it can have a real impact on the photographs you take.
At Scubafish, Dragon Sea Moths are by far our favourite small marine creatures. It is always a delight to see one on a dive. They are one of the strangest and most adorable little fish in the world!
The Dragon Sea Moth, (Eurypegasus draconis,) also known as the Little Dragonfish and the Pegasus Sea Moth, belongs to the family Pegasidae, within the order Gasterosteiformes. They are named Pegasus, after a creature from Greek mythology. They are found in; coastal tropical waters, sheltered bays, estuaries and silty areas on the sea bed.
Kaew first started with basic white balance settings, silhouette shots and composition techniques. Then, she moved onto working with manual settings such as; shutter speeds and apertures. Concentrating on photographing divers with marine life, manual white balance mode, macro and flash photography (mastering an external strobe on her third day.) During her course, she particularly enjoyed learning about white balance and macro techniques.
Tips, tricks and photographic techniques from Liquid Lense’s underwater digital imaging specialists, to help you improve your underwater Macro images.
Macro photography works particularly well underwater, not only because the ocean is filled with fascinating small marine creatures, but also because it is less dependent than other types of underwater photography on the conditions. However good the visibility may appear, the ocean is full of particles that potentially create noise, haze, fuzz or backscatter in your shot, so positioning your lens as close as you can to your subject will help to produce the very best images. Bad visibility rarely affects close-up photographs, as there is significantly less water in the frame. One of the fundamental rules of underwater photography is to get as close as possible to your subject, or, more importantly, to have as little water as possible between your camera lens and your subject.
Underwater Macro Photography is easier than Wide-Angle Photography, so it is a great place to start your journey into the world of underwater photography, whether you have a DSLR or Digital Compact camera.
Everyone at Scubafish enjoys their encounters with Hawksbill Turtles. Some Hawksbills can be a little shy, whereas others can be overly friendly. Their curiosity sometimes gets the better of them; they have been know to snuggle up or try to gently nibble an unsuspecting diver.
The Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle, belonging to the family Cheloniidae. Hawksbill Turtles are found in the tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Oceans and the Andaman Sea….
Sunbursts are one of my favourite underwater shots. They create bright, breathtaking images, full of light and colour. Sunburst Shots capture the beauty of the underwater world and provide eye-catching images with depth.
A classic Sunburst Shot features the sun as one of the main subjects of the photo. The sun can be positioned anywhere in the frame; in full view, behind the foreground subject, or even, partially out of the frame.
During the last few weeks, Ko Haa Lagoon has been visited by a juvenile Spotted Eagle Ray. Spotted Eagle Ray sightings are rare in this area. In the past when we have come across them, they have been shy and difficult to get close to. This one however, was anything but shy and our Scubafish team and their divers were lucky enough to get close enough to see it on many occasions.
Everyone at Scubafish is very excited that the Giant Manta Rays are back at Hin Daeng & Hin Muang! In the last few weeks we have had the chance to encounter these gentle giants on almost every dive at Hin Daeng & Hin Muuang and hope to see many more over the high season.
Using a strobe for underwater photography will, without a doubt, help to improve the quality and colour of your underwater images. But strobes can be tricky to get the hang of. Even using a strobe for basic shot types can be challenging, never mind when you are trying to create certain specific lighting effects.
So how do you know when to use a strobe and how to achieve the best positioning?