Composing Great Underwater Photographs


Focusing Techniques

By Jim Church The purpose of this lesson is to help you decide when to use autofocus, manual focus or a combination of the two for zone focusing. Using Autofocus: Autofocus works best when you have a contrasty subject that stays in the center of the viewfinder. As examples, imagine you are shooting close-up views…


Shooting Shipwrecks

By Jim Church With the increasing number of ships, aircraft and other man-made objects being sunk to create artificial reefs and dive sites, more underwater videographers are recording shipwrecks on tape. For some, shipwrecks provide a golden opportunity to film the fish, colorful corals and other marine life that live in, on and around wrecks.…


A Snorkeler’s Love Affair with Photography

By Joel Simon While researching an article in Bonaire, I had the opportunity to meet many avid snorkelers. Among them was an entertaining couple, Bob and Carol Mclsaac, from Amherst, New York. Carol was distinctive; when we met, she had a single use camera attached to each wrist and a bright orange Nikonos V on…


Shooting for the TV Screen

By Jim Church In years past, showing underwater pictures often meant setting up a slide projector and a large screen. Today, many photographers are shooting video and have copied their 35mm slides to video. Although TV screens have increased in size during recent years, most are smaller than those used to project slides. Also, the…


Unlock the Photographer Within: Learn How to Take Great Snorkeling Snapshots

By Jack and Sue Drafahl Snorkeling allows you a brief glimpse into the wonders of the undersea world. There are so many beautiful things to observe that you will want to share them with your family and friends back home; and photos are the best way. Your choice of a snorkeling camera is very important.…


Improving Your Shots

By Jim Church In the last lesson we discussed the three main video shots: the long shot (LS), medium shot (MS) and close-up (CU). The LS established location and conditions and provided transitions and endings. The MS moved in to feature something of interest in the wide view LS and the CU pinpointed the action.…


Underwater Video for Senior Divers

By Jim Church I’ve seen a trend develop during the past five years: Increasing numbers of senior divers (okay, senior citizens) are shooting underwater video. They enjoy capturing their underwater experiences and sharing these treasured moments with family and friends. Older divers often want quick and easy results. They don’t have the time or patience…


How to Edit as You Shoot

By Jim Church The key to editing in camera is being selective about what you shoot. As I said in past lessons, don’t shoot video the way a kid waters the lawn. Don’t swing your camcorder from side to side and up and down in an attempt to include everything you see. Don’t shoot until…


Turn Memories into Snapshots

THE SEALIFE REEFMASTER By Bonnie J. Cardone Not everyone wants to invest the time and money needed to take professional quality U/W photographs. Many divers simply want to bring home memories of their vacations in the form of snapshots. If that’s your goal, you should checkout the Sealife Reefmaster RC and its new close-up lens.…