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#1 MMPower



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:00 PM

Not new to photography but new to shooting underwater. Just looking for some constructive critisism and ways to improve. this first image is a porcelain Crab that I shot in the Philipines.DSC_1128.JPG

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:02 PM

Hi Matt,

I'd offer that you may want to try to fill the frame with the crab and his host anemone.  Most of us struggle with getting close enough when transitioning from shooting in the air.




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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:47 PM

Thanks! Here are some more recent picture I took a few weeks ago in Monterey.




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Posted 26 December 2013 - 05:52 AM

What camera and lens(es) are you using? The exposures and focus look good, but the composition and framing are a bit off.

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 04:32 PM

I have a nikon D800 the porcelain crab was shot with nikon 105 mm and the anemonies and mola mola were shot with a nikon 60 mm. So working on my composition. What should I be looking for?

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 05:32 PM

Just want to say that these are fabulous first attempts at UW shooting.  Even with topside photo experience most don't get this good in their first few dives with a camera.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:25 AM

Dear MMPower,


I must agree with the previous poster, these are great first images!


My first images were, well, horrendous! :)


As it has already been said, the exposure is good and so is the sharpness, where you need some work is your composition.


Luckily there are plenty of resources out there to learn!  


In the end composition is of course completely up to you, if you like naturalist type pictures, go for it, if you want to take the artistic way thats cool as well, you just have to start thinking about shots before you take them, how you can take a unique and interesting picture of your subject that will make it pop.


Simply google "underwater photography composition" and you will have material enough to read for hours! :) 


I will often draw out a picture of my subject before I even hit the water, if I go in with a specific plan in mind I will get 50% more keepers than when I just jump in and shoot away. 


Keep at it, you've got a headstart on a lot of us! 


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