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In 1856 William Thompson took the first underwater image by using a camera attached to a pole. With the development of digital cameras and water-proof housings, taking photos whilst diving is an activity any diver can enjoy. With these few hints and tips your pictures will be taken to a whole new level, creating photo’s you will be proud to show off at home.

1. Get close up and personal;
Without touching and buoyancy permitting, the closer you are to the subject the better colour you will get. Red and orange disappear very fast in water and the further you are from the object the bluer or greener your shots will appear.
2. It’s all about balance;
Learn how to manually balance the white in your camera and your pictures will leap up a level in quality. By using a white slate you will re-educate the camera in its perception of colour which will offset the loss of light mentioned above.
3. Composition;
It is easy to get excited about the fancy fish and snap away, however a few minutes thinking about how you take the shot is worth it. Use blue space, coral or plants to act as natural frames and look at the background as well as the subject when taking the photo.
4. Practice makes perfect;
Whilst on land, take as many shots as possible in different settings to familiarize yourself with the cameras functions. When underwater take as many shots as possible, with a greater selection you are able to select the best.
5. Airbrush;
If it’s good enough for Naomi Campbell, it is good enough for a nudibranch. User friendly photo editing software’s allow dramatic improvements in your pictures.
6. Right place at the right time;
As with any nature or wildlife photography, sometimes you strike lucky and catch something at the perfect moment. See this photo from our instructor Ahmed Essawi, taken of a longnose hawkfish, catching an infant anthia. This amazing shot was taken using a point and shoot digital camera.

For more tips, technological advice, dedicated time to practice and expert guidance; enroll on the PADI Digital Underwater Photography specialty course or join a Photography workshop with Stuart Philpott. Guaranteed to provide dramatic results!

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