Underwater Photography Underwater   photography   is   very   tricky   and   presents   many   unique   challenges   before   you   produce   decent   photographs.      By   far   the most   challenging   thing   to   get   right   is   colour   balance.      Water   absorbs   different   wavelengths   of   light   the   deeper   you   go   and   your   photos will   appear   bluer   and   greener   with   greater   depth.      Fortunately   as   a   snorkeller   you   probably   won't   be   going   too   deep,   but   you   will   still need   to   adjust   the   white   balance   by   adding   varying   amounts   of   red,   orange   or   yellow.     The   other   most   challenging   thing   is   movement; not   only   will   you   be   trying   to   photograph   a   moving   subject   but   you   will   be   hand-holding   the   camera   while   being   moved   around   by   the water too.  It requires patience, practice and disappointment before you start taking good underwater photographs. We   started   taking   photos   using   point-and-shoot   cameras   and   so   always   set   the   camera   white   balance   to   the   Underwater   setting.      We have   now   progressed   to   the   Canon   G1X   Mk   II   and   always   shoot   using   RAW   so   that   we   can      best   adjust   the   white   balance   on   the computer   later.      Even   when   taking   RAW   photos,   we   set   the   camera   white   balance   to   the   Underwater   setting   because   when   taking video   the   camera   uses   this   white   balance   setting.     All   of   our   photos,   RAW   and   JPEG,   have   been   adjusted   on   a   computer   so   that   the true colours are presented. Our Book: A Snorkeller’s Guide to Common Fishes of Ningaloo Reef We have written a book which can be previewed and purchased from this web site: A Snorkeller’s Guide to Common Fishes of Ningaloo Reef
Keith & Vlasta Ross-Jones
© Keith Ross-Jones
Underwater Photography Underwater    photography    is    very    tricky    and    presents    many    unique challenges   before   you   produce   decent   photographs.      By   far   the   most challenging   thing   to   get   right   is   colour   balance.      Water   absorbs   different wavelengths   of   light   the   deeper   you   go   and   your   photos   will   appear   bluer and   greener   with   greater   depth.      Fortunately   as   a   snorkeller   you   probably won't   be   going   too   deep,   but   you   will   still   need   to   adjust   the   white   balance by   adding   varying   amounts   of   red,   orange   or   yellow.      The   other   most challenging   thing   is   movement;   not   only   will   you   be   trying   to   photograph   a moving    subject    but    you    will    be    hand-holding    the    camera    while    being moved    around    by    the    water    too.        It    requires    patience,    practice    and disappointment before you start taking good underwater photographs. We   started   taking   photos   using   point-and-shoot   cameras   and   so   always set   the   camera   white   balance   to   the   Underwater   setting.      We   have   now progressed   to   the   Canon   G1X   Mk   II   and   always   shoot   using   RAW   so   that we   can      best   adjust   the   white   balance   on   the   computer   later.      Even   when taking   RAW   photos,   we   set   the   camera   white   balance   to   the   Underwater setting   because   when   taking   video   the   camera   uses   this   white   balance setting.      All   of   our   photos,   RAW   and   JPEG,   have   been   adjusted   on   a computer so that the true colours are presented. Our Book: A Snorkeller’s Guide to Common Fishes of Ningaloo Reef We have written a book which can be previewed and purchased from this web site: A Snorkeller’s Guide to Common Fishes of Ningaloo Reef
© Keith Ross-Jones
Keith & Vlasta Ross-Jones