The vibrant colors and endless diversity of aquatic life provide one of the richest photography experiences imaginable. The technology in Olympus Digital Underwater Housings allows divers, from beginner to divemaster, capture worry-free images of unique underwater scenes. Each Olympus housing features a large, responsive shutter button, precision zoom lever, and a tight O-ring main seal with a safety lock. Find the housing that fits your camera, and dive in!
Lesson 4: Macrophotography in underwater surroundings
The Under Water Macro Mode can depict the subject in natural colors.
Set your camera to the Underwater Macro Mode
When you want to shoot anemones and sea slugs up close, select the Scene Mode menu and then Underwater Macro Mode. The lens will automatically adjust and the flash will function automatically. As a result, the subject will be revealed in natural coloring. White balance, auto focus and other functions are all tuned and adjusted in great detail. So it's best to try underwater macro photography in this mode first, and then experiment to develop your own style. Getting great results may take a few attempts; give it some time and keep on shooting!
Photographing from a distance in zoom.
Photographing by moving up close as possible.
Move as close to your subject as possible
To get the best results you've got to get closer to your subject when shooting underwater. When there is too much distance between the photographer and the subject, seawater can act as a murky filter due to floating organisms and you may not get a clear picture. Red colors in particular can be absorbed by water and turn bluish. In order to accommodate for this absorption of color, you need the light from the flash. However, it is very difficult to reach underwater subjects with your flash. In order to recreate natural coloring, you must ignite the flash as close as possible to your subject.
The method differs according to the type of subject and camera model.
Position the zoom
The basic trick of macro photography is simple. Zoom out wide and move up close to the subject so it fills your LCD screen. However, your subjects may not always cooperate. Shrimp, crabs or sea slugs might scurry away as you try to get close. So you may need to try zooming in shoot by moving closer very slowly. How close you can get will differ according to the type of subject you are photographing. And keep your camera's specifications and limitations in mind when shooting.
When you photograph a small subject in large scale, camera shake can lead to blurred focus. Hold the camera with both hands and keep your elbows close to your body to create a stable shooting platform. Avoid shooting with one hand, which can lead to out-of-focus and out-of-frame shots.
What's your focus?
When shooting fish and most other sea life, focus on the eye of the subject. When the focus is elsewhere, the picture as a whole can appear out of focus. When shooting coral or plantlife, think about which point you want to stress most and decide on your focus and composition of your work.
The focus is not on the eyes.
The focus is on the eyes.
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