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Underwater Photography

  How to get started in underwater photography:

I see underwater photography as such an incredibly broad adventure. There are so many possible avenues to explore. I will start off with advice from one of my favourite photographers. The rest expands from there. It's a patchwork of throughs and ideas that have trickled down to my own approach. 

“Photograph what is closest to you and the things that you enjoy and have an interest in. Make the whole process as fun and as least difficult as possible.” - Trent Parke 

 

Get comfortable in your chosen environment - Go out swimming without a camera and enjoy the view, the more comfortable you are underwater the easier it will be to get lost in the scenery 

Use the tools you have - Whether it is your phone in a case, point and shoot camera or a specialist underwater housing - the important part is to start. There are so many options out there and should you choose to get a housing it’s best to base it on the way you like to work 

Shoot your own backyard - You don’t need to travel far or go to exotic locations to find wonderful things to photograph underwater. Photograph light, your dive buddies, plankton or reflections on your own feet. Venture into lakes, rivers, oceans or your own backyard pool

Use a hand strap - This should prevent your equipment floating off into the abyss 

Get to know your equipment - The idea is that your hands will easily be able to navigate your underwater housing without taking too much of your attention away from the surroundings

Find a buddy - Never dive alone. There are so many people who love exploring underwater, so find a friend that will not only encourage you to get into a cold wet wetsuit but also keep an eye out for you - and you can do the same for them

Choose appropriate equipment for the conditions you are working in - Example: When free-diving with a wetsuit use a weight belt, it will allow you to dive down easier and conserve a lot of energy and air.  Example 2: I like using a black silicon skirt mask-  it cuts out glare and helps your eyes adjust in poor visibility 

Expand your skills- One thing that I greatly benefited from is doing swimming lessons and a free-diving course. The biggest benefit for me was learning how to do safety and recovery breaths. These skills can help you in so many scenarios and one day maybe save your or your buddies life. I never dive deep and usually work in depths of 5 - 10 metres however it’s important for me to be aware of my limits so I can work comfortably and troubleshoot when necessary

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Explore and Play -  Always play, go into the ocean just to swim and feel the water, go in non perfect conditions and at different times of day. Try different lenses, depths and explore. Go even when the visibility is horrible and it's raining. If you are like me, in that moment you probably won't feel like it. But that's exactly when you should go. Because you will always find something new and those are the experiences that will inform your work later on

 

Shot on

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