Everyone like to have photographs of their experiences, and from their vacations and travels. Divers are no different. The only issue is that taking photographs and videos underwater requires a little bit of pre-planning and some different equipment — well sort of.
There are a number of ways to get started from jumping in with your GoPro to using your mobile phone in a case to take photographs. But, what is the best way? That is a difficult question to answer, It all depends on where you are in your land photography and where you want to go with your underwater photography. What so I mean by that? Let’s look at this further further.
IPhone Camera User
If your primary camera is your iPhone or Android phone even on vacation, then you will probably be happy starting with a simple underwater camera. These allow you to shoot video or still photographs and download them to your computer. Most of these cameras save files in a JPG format. However, some of the new models have a RAW file feature too. Not sure what these terms mean, check-out part 2 of this article about digital files and processing. Let’s just say that the JPG files are what you are used to seeing in your iPhone which means they have some processing done during the save function. Some examples of these camera are the SeaLife Micro 2.0 and a GoPro. You could also put your phone in a housing and take it with you. Kraken makes a new housing for phones.
IPhone and Point and Shoot Camera User
If you use both an iphone and anther camera during your trips, you are probably trying to get better images or different images that what you can get with your phone. For you, the SeaLife Micro 2.0 or the SeaLife DC 2000 might be good options. Both have basic functions but also expand to let you “tweek” your photos and your experience.
DSLR & Mirrorless Camera Users
Now this is a wide-ranging area of underwater photography. You could stick with the simpler camera from above or you can expand to take your land camera underwater in a housing. A lot of it depends on what you want to accomplish underwater and how much you are willing to invest. The housings for your underwater camera can cost more than your initial camera investment and then there are the strobes… So you could look at the SeaLife DC2000 or a housing from Nauticam or Aquatica.
How to get started
Our Club Aquarius meeting this month will be focusing on “How to get Started in Underwater Photography.” We will be discussing how to meet your various goals and what equipment you might consider. We will also be discussing some things you can do to improve your photographs once you start with a system.
- Speaker: Zaide Scheib and Eric Keibler
- When: 22 February 2018, 7:00 PM
- Where: The Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX