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In Topic: Recommended printing company in the South Florida/Miami area?

26 February 2014 - 09:32 AM

Thanks so much! I am going to check them out!

In Topic: tips for underwater portrait shoot

12 February 2014 - 07:29 AM

The lighting you chose if very good.

I prefer lighting up some of the background because the pitch black kinda makes the underwater effect get lost. It's could look great though, maybe for full body shots.

Anyway, I think you can manage the technical side :)

The model side turns out to be the hardest part usually. The "holding my breath" expression can ruin every shot. It's quite frustrating.
I use a few tricks:


  • Do some practice without the camera, just going in and out of the water with eyes and mouth open, to see it's not that bad. At first tell her to go with her eyes closed, and just make sure she doesn't make a weird expression.
  • Instruct your model to take a big breath, blow out all of the air above water and then go under. That helps her stay under (no air in the lungs) and keeps her from blowing bubbles.
  • Show the model that there is no need to change your expression when you go under. just keep a calm expression on your face and go under. Do it with her, face to face with mouth and eyes open. make sure she doesn't try to hold her breath. you can assure her water won't go in.
  • Doing some funny screaming or surprised shots at first will loosen the face and maybe you can get some cool photos out of it :)
  • Use the Tokina 10-17. Wide angle shots will look great in the pool. If distortion is too bad, easily fix it in Lightroom.
  • To find the right poses, tell the model to dance underwater. most will do some weird movements and try out all sorts of poses, and you can observe and note 1-2 poses that seemed to look best. then instruct her to do more of those.
  • Avoid closeups on the face. It takes a very experienced model to get the face exactly right.
  • To get the hair right, tell her to mess it up with her hands underwater, and then take her head slightly forward. That should nail it.


That's pretty much it. 


Here are some examples of mine attached:








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Great photos! I guess I have to get as colse as possible if the water is not perfectly clean. What do you do when the water is murky in case of a photo session out in the open ocean?

In Topic: tips for underwater portrait shoot

12 February 2014 - 07:25 AM

These look awesome!

In Topic: Should we periodically change housing and port o-rings?

12 February 2014 - 04:23 AM

Yes, I do! Keep in mind that the o-ring keeps the ocean water away from your $2-4k camera! Don't risk it! :)

In Topic: Sea & Sea vs Ikelite

15 May 2013 - 04:21 PM

Is there a clear advantage of the SEA & SEA housings? Why are they so expensive compared to the Ikelite ones?