In this part of Scuba Diving Point we have placed articles related to underwater photography and underwater filming. These two activities are growing increasingly popular among scuba divers. Underwater cameras and camera housing that make it possible to bring normal cameras down into the blue have became more affordable and the technology has also improved. Today's cameras are smaller and easier to handle compared to the older models, and the new digital cameras make it possible to take hundreds of pictures without having to pay for each of them to be developed. Underwater film cameras are still very expensive to purchase, but many dive operators will rent them out for a comparatively affordable cost.
Purchasing a camera to use underwater can feel difficult, since there is such a wide assortment of cameras to choose among. We will therefore strive to include articles and buying guides here that can help prospective underwater photographers to pick a high-quality underwater camera that fits their planned activities as well as their budget.
The most common type of underwater camera is probably the submersible single-use camera that you can find in most seaside resorts. It should be noted that these cameras are intended for shallow waters. They might be a good purchase if you want to shoot a few pictures when you go snorkling, or if you if you want a photograph of your kid when he learns to swim under water in the hotel pool, but they are not suited for taking picture during a scuba diving excursion. These inexpensive cameras will typically only withstand the added pressure of a few metres of water. If you bring them any further down, they will break or you will end up with really bad pictures. Single use submersible cameras are also an expensive choice in the long run, since they will only take 24 to 36 pictures before they must be handed in.
Before you engage in underwater photography or underwater filming, it is always a good idea to do some reading about how being under water will affect your pictures. Light behaves very differently in water than on land and this will have a large impact on your pictures even just a few metres down. The water visibility is naturally also important. Most dive operators offer special training courses for scuba divers interested in underwater photography and/or underwater filming. During these courses, you will not only learn more about light penetration and the fundamentals of photography, you will also develop your underwater photographing skills, be thought useful tricks and techniques by skilled underwater photographers and find out how you can deal with common underwater photo and filming problems.
When you venture into the world of underwater photography or filming, it is important to respect the ecosystem and cause as little disturbance as possible. Remember the old scuba diver saying “Take noting but pictures, leave nothing but bubbles”.
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