Harlequin Shrimps are a species of saltwater swimming, decapod crustaceans. Their scientific classification name is Hymenocera picta. Harlequin Shrimps are the only species in the genus Hymenocera.
Harlequin Shrimps are beautiful creatures. Their shape is what makes them so distinctive. They look more like a blossoming flower than a shrimp. At Scubafish, we get very excited when we encounter them, as they are very rare.
Cuttlefish (Sepiida,) despite their name, are not fish at all, but molluscs. Cuttlefish belong to the class Cephalopoda, the same family as squid, octopus and nautilus. Cuttlefish are found in large numbers throughout the world’s oceans, from the warm tropical shallows, to the cold depths of the deep. Cuttlefish share the same characteristics as their relatives; squid, octopus and nautiluses, i.e. they have a large elongated body, with tentacles surrounding their mouth.
Cuttlefish are amazing and unique creatures. Most people have only heard of Cuttlefish being the piece of cuttlebone in a bird cage. However, the Cuttlefish is much more than a source of calcium for caged birds and hopefully after learning more about them, you will come to love and admire them as much as we do at Scubafish.
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.
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.
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?
Nudibranches (sea slugs) are wonderful little critters with amazingly bright colours and intricate details. Due to their tiny size, they can be tricky little subjects to photograph, but getting it right can produce beautiful results.