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#1 chloe.laisne

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 02:34 AM

Hey there,

 

I would love to try my hand at UW photography but I am realizing that my basic photography knowledge and skills might not be enough to dive into UW photography.

 

Does anyone have practical example for me to start with?

 

Thank you so much.

 

PS: I own a sony RX 100 mark II and I guess that the "RTFM" rule applies too!



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Posted 25 September 2018 - 03:01 AM

Hi Chloe

 

Hard to know where to start answering your question!

 

If you want to combine learning more about photography with UW photography, it may well be worth getting a copy of Martin Edge's book, "The Underwater Photographer" (ISBN978-0-240-52164-0). At a modest 516 pages it takes you right through composition, camera settings, lighting - and the variations that UW needs. Even though it is, clearly, aimed at UW photographers, it does offer a very good guide to the basics of photography. I don't know if it's available in French but that might not matter to you.

 

I'd suggest the basics are understanding the effects and meaning of apertures, shutter speeds and ISO; then composition and how one impacts on the other; then lighting. There may be courses on offer in your community that could help you with these basic, but key, concepts.

 

But, as I say, if you can take a look at Martin Edge's book, I think that'd give you a great start.


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#3 lateralus821

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 11:35 AM

YouTube can be a great resource for learning but honestly the best thing to do is get hands on time with your camera and learn by doing. The biggest thing to study & mess around with is the balance of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture…plus focusing and depth of field but you get the idea. Once you've got that down you'll be fine for shooting underwater.



#4 chloe.laisne

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 11:36 AM

Thank you so much, I'll have a look to the book you're mentioning!

 

Hi Chloe

 

Hard to know where to start answering your question!

 

If you want to combine learning more about photography with UW photography, it may well be worth getting a copy of Martin Edge's book, "The Underwater Photographer" (ISBN978-0-240-52164-0). At a modest 516 pages it takes you right through composition, camera settings, lighting - and the variations that UW needs. Even though it is, clearly, aimed at UW photographers, it does offer a very good guide to the basics of photography. I don't know if it's available in French but that might not matter to you.

 

I'd suggest the basics are understanding the effects and meaning of apertures, shutter speeds and ISO; then composition and how one impacts on the other; then lighting. There may be courses on offer in your community that could help you with these basic, but key, concepts.

 

But, as I say, if you can take a look at Martin Edge's book, I think that'd give you a great start.



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Posted 25 September 2018 - 01:55 PM

The first thing to master in U/W photography is your diving skills, particularly neutral buoyancy control.

You must be completely at ease under water to be able to concentrate on your photographic tasks!

 

To get off to a good start, I would recommend a weeks U/W photographic course such as  the Jim Church program on the Aggressor fleet.

 


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