The Sun & Silohouettes

Instead of using the sun’s natural light indirectly, try including the sun in your photographs.

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You can also use the sun as a back light by angling your camera up.

Try posing your friends in the shot with straight legs, arms or both to create a strong image.

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The closer to blocking out the sun entirely will result in these types of shots. You will typically see less detail.

 

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Angle the sun a bit further to the side for these types of shots so you can see more detail and colour.

Bear in mind, none of the shots were taken with an underwater flash.

Don’t forget to try a selfie!

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Bunny Ears and More!

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Do you have a favourite pair of bunny ears in your tickle trunk?

Try out sunglasses or a lei!

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You can also bring in props like a toy or stuffy but just remember you’ll need to dry them afterwards especially if they have any metal (like the wheels on this skateboard!) or they will rust.

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Diving toys are great for deeper shots while you can get creative with just about anything  close to the surface in the shallow end.

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Remember to be safe and don’t bring anything into the water that is breakable, too heavy or can be wrecked by being submerged. If you are not sure, ask a parent first.

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Have fun and be creative!

Fun & Fast Facts

 

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Here are some of my favourite fun & fast facts about photography and underwater photography!

1839 – Photography is invented.

Imagine being the first person to take a photo of the moon!

1856 – The first underwater photograph is taken.

Imagine only being able to take black and white photographs!

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1923 – First colour underwater photographs are taken.

Imagine you have to develop the film first before you know if you got the photo of the fish swimming by!

1943 – Jacques Costeau’s Aqua-lung prototype is tested.

The beginnings of scuba diving and underwater photography together!

1961 – The start of digital photography.

This is a game changer – you can see what you take a photograph of right away!

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1986 – The photographs of the Titanic shipwreck are taken.

Imagine seeing images from 12 500 below the surface of the ocean!

1995 – The digital camera BOOM.

The technology grows in leaps and bounds!

2002 – Underwater digital camera is easy to purchase.

Underwater photography can be tried out by anyone!

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2002 – GoPro is founded.

An epic achievement!

2016 – Oculus (and other companies) release Virtual Reality products featuring underwater video which brings the sensations of diving to the masses.

VR underwater – wow!

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One last fun, fast fact:

In 2017, the Natural History Museum in Las Angeles launches a VR experience named “The Blu” in which visitors can experience what is it like to swim with a blue whale. They are hoping it will, amongst other things, generate greater sense of responsibility for marine habitats.

Here are the resources I used to generate these fun, fast facts.

Delve even deeper into the history of photography and underwater photography using the links below.

underwater photography information at www.w360.asia

the original fun & fast facts finder at www.wikipedia.org

more history here at www.timetoast.com

interesting tidbits can be found at www.digicammuseum.com

for lots of underwater scuba information click www.scubadiving.com

the latest technology information to check out is at www.technologyreview.com

everything about underwater photography!

www.underwaterphotography.com

 

 

Bubbles

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.

DSC_1987 (2)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.

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These fun techniques take time to master so be patient.

Here are a few more examples of air bubbles I have photographed underwater.

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Split-shots

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.

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Make sure the people are in focus to best capture their smiles and expressions.

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  • please note, for fun, I have used a filter after taking the photographs to exaggerate and enhance the colours.

Sandwiches & Snacks

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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.

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Happy snacking  and happy underwater photography to everyone!

 

Sharing is Caring

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?