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My top 5 tips to immediately improve your Underwater Photos!

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#1 Tom_.park

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 05:28 PM

Hey guys!

 

My name is Tom Park and i'm a Dive Master and Pro Underwater Photographer from Australia. I get asked this all the time so I made a video with my top 5 tips and tricks to improve your UW photos. I hope you all enjoy and learn something from this :)

 

 

Happy shooting! 

 

Tom



#2 Flo90

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 09:22 AM

Very australia-ish video - thanks for sharing =)



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Posted 23 November 2018 - 07:58 PM

Interesting video.

Can you re-post it with slow motion audio?


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#4 Weiry

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 08:17 PM

Great tips thank you

#5 gjaggear

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 04:14 PM

Just getting into this. Thanks for the Underwater tips!



#6 ENT

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 01:23 PM

Thanks much, very helpful.



#7 Westcoaster

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Posted 15 December 2018 - 11:25 AM

Great tip on the white balance.



#8 Hmmm

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Posted 15 December 2018 - 12:05 PM

You need to watch a youtube video on how to immediately improve your out of water audio recording. I could not watch past the first 20 seconds.

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 04:21 AM

Excellent and very helpful.

 

Thanks Tom!


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#10 madbadgerous

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 12:52 PM

Thanks for sharing



#11 siltfilmer

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 11:03 PM

Thanks for the brief summary and sharing!

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 11:49 PM

All very good advice, and concisely summarized. To recap:

 

1. Get close to your subject, and then get closer. Particles in the water between you and the subject scatter light, reducing contrast, resolution and preferentially attenuate shorter wavelenghts of light (i.e. your reds, oranges and yellows).

 

2. Use custom white balance and/or red filters to rebalance the color spectrum in SHALLOW water (10m or less ideally)

 

3. Use artificial lights (strobes, video lights) to bring back warm colors and create subject/background separation, especially in deeper waters where white balance alone is insufficient

 

4. Shoot subjects from eye-level or below (in general) to increase the viewer's connection with the subject and help simplify the background

 

5. Approach subjects slowly and methodically. Don't chase -- everything under water can move much faster than you can if it has a mind to escape you, and no-one cares about your shots of fish tails or a turtle's ass. 

 

Definitely need to find a less echo-y room though to record the audio in :)







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