Underwater photography has become very popular in the past decade. As new and innovative technology allows for the development and manufacturing of more affordable underwater cameras and equipment, novice and seasoned photographers alike are diving in and exploring a whole new world with underwater photography.
Not too long ago, taking pictures underwater required photographers to use large and bulky waterproof cases that were very heavy and expensive to make. Technology in plastics has made it possible to manufacture products for the general public that were once considered specialty products. This is also the case with photography equipment, specifically with digital cameras for underwater use, that are now available in many sizes and price ranges. There is a waterproof digital camera available to meet any budget. Already have a great camera you would like to use underwater, but it isn’t waterproof? More than likely, there is a waterproof case available for your digital camera. In either case, don’t delay! Underwater photography is very exciting and offers you the opportunity to get to know more about the world around you, and also take some fantastic pictures.
When starting out, keep these tips in mind:
1. Get familiar with your camera and equipment before venturing out. Read the manual and understand the settings and features it has. Also, take note of the depth and pressure your camera and equipment was designed to handle.
2. Make sure to fully charge your camera’s battery the night before. Download any pictures that are on your camera and memory stick to your computer so you have the maximum amount of memory to take lots of pictures.
3. Before going into the water, inspect your camera and make sure there isn’t any grime or dust on or around the seals and lids for the battery chamber and memory stick slots. This breach could allow for water to seep in. If you are using an underwater case, check all the seals of the case, latches, buttons, etc. Then, make sure everything is closed and sealed properly on your equipment.
4. Make sure to secure your camera and equipment to your body before jumping in, like with a wrist strap. It is very easy to drop your camera when going into the water and depending on where you are, it may be quite difficult to find your camera at the bottom.
5. When you return home, make sure to clean your camera equipment thoroughly. Set your camera or camera case in clean water and rub off any sediment that has accumulated. Let your equipment sit and dry completely.
6. Most importantly, have fun exploring your new found world of underwater photography!