Underwater Photography Tips from Aquapac

A wise crustacean once said that it’s better down where it’s wetter.
Singing crabs normally should not be trusted, but when it comes to photography, he does have a point.
So we turned to a more trust-worthy source, our pals at Aquapac – makers of the Underwater DSRL Case – for their top underwater photography tips.

So waterproof up your favorite cam and dive right in to this wonderful splashy world.

Before the Shoot

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Test your waterproof case! Our favorite test to make sure your waterproofing is solid and that you’re sealing it up right, is to put dry paper into the case and dunk it.
Leave it underwater for a bit, then pull our your paper and make sure it is still bone dry.
Always dry off the outside your underwater case before pulling out your test paper or your camera, so you don’t transfer drips.

Keep Your Case Clear of Inner Fog

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In very humid climates, the inside of the case can fog up, clouding your photos.
Save those desiccant sachets (the li’l Do Not Eat packets) that come with your new shoes and put them inside your water proof case to avoid fogging.

Check for Proper Fit

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Much like shooting through a window the closer you get to the glass, the less glare you’ll see.
So make sure the front plastic pane of your case if pressed closely to your lens.

Perfect Conditions

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Find the clearest water you can with bright sunshine above.
Midday shooting is usually best.

Stay Shallow

The closer you stay to the surface, the more light will get through.

You’ll lose light (and colors!) the deeper you go.

No Flash

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Flash rarely works underwater.

The light you send out will bounce off of particles and microorganisms in the water and cloud up your shot.

Get Close

The less water between your subject and your camera the more clear your photos will be.

The secret to clear shots is using a wide angle lens as close-up as you can.

Banish Water Drops

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If you’re switching between shooting underwater and above water, you’re going to want to keep drops off of the case in front of your lens. We got this tip from pro-photog Chris Skone-Roberts.

“To disperse water droplets on the lens, most pros use Rain-X. The guys in Maui use half an onion and rub it on the lens. But my personal favorite is to use waterproof sunscreen – the higher the factor the better! When you dip the lens just lift it clear of the water and blow the droplets off.”

Take Aim

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Chris also recommend not bothering with the viewfinder.

“Rather than shooting in normal style of looking at what you see through the viewfinder, start shooting at what you are pointing the camera at. You will get the hang of it.”

Taking it Further