Bubbles are created by releasing air underwater where the air automatically and very quickly rises up towards the ceiling (or surface) of the water.
You can create bubbles by releasing air in a variety of ways; including blowing bubbles.
Another way I create bubbles is to trap air in buckets and cups and pull the cup downwards under the water as deep as I can. I then tilt the cup, allowing the air to escape and follow the air bubbles, shooting as I go. Try different sized cups for different sizes of bubbles.
Splashing also creates lots of bubbles, often breaking big ones into lots of tiny air bubbles.
These fun techniques take time to master so be patient.
Here are a few more examples of air bubbles I have photographed underwater.
Which one is your favourite?
Some fun shots to experiment with are the over/under or split-shot.
Submerge half of your camera lens underwater so you can see what is happening above the water and below the water.
For kids jumping in, showing the water can add drama and excitement.
Make sure the people are in focus to best capture their smiles and expressions.
- please note, for fun, I have used a filter after taking the photographs to exaggerate and enhance the colours.
Swimming definitely works up an appetite!
Underwater photography and being an underwater model also makes tummy’s cry out “I’m hungry! I’m hungry! I’m hungry!”
So what do you eat?
I usually advise not to eat heavily until you’re completely finished and not just taking a break. This includes pasta and sandwiches which can make you feel sluggish and slow in the water.
Instead, I lean towards having small snack bowls of grapes, watermelon, crackers, veggies and popcorn or chips pool-side and encourage everyone to nibble at it slowly.
Same with drinks. I recommend small amounts of lemonade and/or water. Sips work best because you don’t want sore stomachs and you don’t want everyone to have to run constantly for the bathroom.
Lastly, if you’re shooting Jump Ins, Somersaults or Diving Deep images, a model’s tummy, especially a full one, might feel sensitive.
Take a ten minute break outside the water if anyone, including yourself, feels a bit sick and the feeling should pass.
Happy snacking and happy underwater photography to everyone!
Everyone knows the expression, “Sharing is Caring.”
This is very true when it comes to sharing your art.
Whether it’s with your family, friends or the whole, wide world, I highly encourage all newbie underwater photographers to let others to see what you’re working on.
- if you’re going to be posting your art online, check with a parent first about which sites are the best ones to start with
Try framing some and hanging them in your room to start. Get used to seeing your images as more than just moments frozen in time. They can mean something. Or show someone something they’ve never seen before.
It can be an emotional experience when you’re starting out or you might find it easy. You won’t know until you try it.
If you’re nervous about what people will say, try not to be.
Share your images with supportive people who will ask questions out of curiosity and perhaps offer suggestions to help.
You can jot down a few ideas about why you shot what you shot or why you shot it the way you did.
In the end, being an artist should make you feel good.
So why wouldn’t you share?
Grace has been kind enough to write out six suggestions to help your model relax and enjoy the experience.
Grace’s tips and tricks for being an underwater model…
Open your eyes as wide as you can to make it seem like the water isn’t bothering your eyes (or close your eyes for an “at peace” photo.)
When “at peace” float on your back, close your eyes, stick your arms out slightly and let your hair float up and around your head. Give a smile as well.
Always remain calm and collected. Panicking will make you lose your breath faster.
Hold your breath. That’s just common sense.
Stay relaxed. Remember, you’re just chilling in your photo.
Look like you’re actually experiencing whatever you’re supposed to be experiencing in the picture. You must stay as believable as possible.
Those are my tips and tricks for being an underwater model. Enjoy! 🙂
Have your mermaid model practice swimming with her tail (especially if it’s a new purchase) beforehand. It is a bit tricky and my next blog entry will be my model’s experience and advice 🙂
Remember to keep your model safe by having someone to help her both on the deck and under the water !
Underwater photography can be challenging in many ways, including the loss of colour and contrast.
Getting as close to the person or object as you can will help keep colours bright.
Using a flash will also help but please note the flash will also light up any particles floating in the water, creating backscatter. Be sure to check the photos you’re taking so you avoid disappointment later.
Keep in mind, without a flash, the deeper you go underwater, reds, yellows and oranges will start to disappear.
Solution? Try shooting with and without a flash.
Photoshop can help but will not always solve the low lighting / loss of colour.
Here are a few more shots of E. and his neon bathing suit. *please note – all six of these images were shot in my backyard pool (without a flash and without any photoshop.)