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Underwater photo tutorials, techniques and tips for all types of underwater photo and video, including macro, supermacro, wide-angle, composition and best camera gear.

These QR Codes at Bluewater Photo are the Solution to Changing GoPro HERO8, 9, 10, 11 Settings Underwater
By Nirupam Nigam

Change GoPro Underwater Settings with QR Codes

Change GoPro Underwater Settings with QR Codes
Nirupam Nigam
These QR Codes at Bluewater Photo are the Solution to Changing GoPro HERO8, 9, 10, 11 Settings Underwater

GoPro action cameras are some of the most popular cameras for underwater video shooters. While they produce incredible footage for such a little package, the compact size of a GoPro does lead to some limitations. The most significant one for underwater videographers is the lack of underwater video controls. The GoPro touch screen is inaccessible underwater.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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Go-to strobe positions for underwater macro subjects using creative techniques - reduce backscatter and achieve black backgrounds!
By Jenna Szerlag

Best Strobe Positions for Underwater Macro Photography

Best Strobe Positions for Underwater Macro Photography
Jenna Szerlag
Go-to strobe positions for underwater macro subjects using creative techniques - reduce backscatter and achieve black backgrounds!

Lighting is one of the most important keys to underwater macro photography. It brings out incredible detail from subjects and makes vibrant colors pop. Without it, underwater photos can look dull, flat and blue. Light also adds a great deal of visual interest - especially when we venture into the creative side of photography. Black backgrounds? Yes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a long-time Hawaii resident, Jenna moved to Maui in 2002 to pursue her interest in diving. Discovering the beauty of the islands and the desire to show it to the world led Jenna into her passion for nature photography. She pursued her education by attending hands-on workshops and conferences with respected educators mastering the camera topside before taking her photography underwater.  

Jenna is a certified Hawaii Marine Naturalist and enjoys travel and adventure. Her images have been published in Forbes Magazine, Travel and Leisure, calendars and several other publications. She has been a professional contributor for Pacific Stock since 2012, the largest worldwide curated stock photography agency exclusive to the Hawaii and Asia Pacific Regions. You can find her images at www.jennaszerlag.com and on Instagram @seaofphotos.

 

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These are the best settings for the Panasonic GH6 for underwater video and photos
By Nirupam

Panasonic GH6 Underwater Settings

Panasonic GH6 Underwater Settings
Nirupam
These are the best settings for the Panasonic GH6 for underwater video and photos

The Panasonic GH6 micro four thirds mirrorless camera is an exciting update to the extremely popular Pansonic GH5 and the GH5s. For a while the GH5 was the most popular underwater video camera on the market.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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This is how you install an M10 ball mount - one of the most popular accessories for Nauticam housings
By Nirupam Nigam

Nauticam M10 Ball Mount Installation

Nauticam M10 Ball Mount Installation
Nirupam Nigam
This is how you install an M10 ball mount - one of the most popular accessories for Nauticam housings

The Nauticam M10 ball mount is one of the most popular accessories for Nauticam housings. It allows you to add an additional point of attachment to your housing for underwater strobes and video lights in an ideal location - right on top of your housing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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Interested in taking your first underwater photo? Here's what you can do.
By Nirupam Nigam

How to Start Taking Underwater Photos

How to Start Taking Underwater Photos
Nirupam Nigam
Interested in taking your first underwater photo? Here's what you can do.

You may have seen a magestic photo of a humpback whale and her calf or a shining kelp forest filled with sealions. Maybe you were reading an article in National Geographic or just staring out into the blue Pacific.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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Finding a good wide angle system for Sony mirrorless cameras has been difficult until now.....
By Kyle Wagener + UWPG

The Best Sony Wide Angle Lens for Underwater Photography & Video

The Best Sony Wide Angle Lens for Underwater Photography & Video
Kyle Wagener + UWPG
Finding a good wide angle system for Sony mirrorless cameras has been difficult until now.....

It's no secret that Sony makes incredible camera bodies with industry leading technology. The Sony A1, as Sony's flagship camera, was the first camera ever able to capture 50 MP photos at 30 frames per second. The Sony A7S III and Sony FX3 is able to capture clean, useable 4k/120p video at ISOs way beyond 12,800.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kyle Wagener is an engineer, artist, and merchant mariner. His photography focuses on candid street moments, seafaring sagas, revealing portraits, landscapes of unique places. You can check out more of his work at https://www.kylewagener.com/.

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These are the best underwater settings for shooting your Nikon Z camera underwater
By Nirupam Nigam

Nikon Z7, Z7II, Z6, Z6II Underwater Settings

Nikon Z7, Z7II, Z6, Z6II Underwater Settings
Nirupam Nigam
These are the best underwater settings for shooting your Nikon Z camera underwater

The Nikon Z7, Z6, Z7II, and Z6II are all excellent options for underwater photography. I should know - after every camera that I have had the pleasure of reviewing, my very own personal camera is still the Nikon Z6. So rest assured, these underwater settings are from personal experience. If you are a Nikon Z camera owner, no matter what camera you have, this underwater settings guide will be useful.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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Lumens, Lux, Beam Angle, CRI - What does it all mean?
By Nirupam Nigam

Understanding Underwater Video Lights

Understanding Underwater Video Lights
Nirupam Nigam
Lumens, Lux, Beam Angle, CRI - What does it all mean?

It seems like there are more kinds of underwater video lights than there are cameras for underwater video. But if you're planning on getting nice color in your underwater video, it can be a very tough decision to know which video light is right for you and why. And even then, there are some video shooters that won't need a light for their video.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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Top tips from a Pro Cenote Photographer
By Luke Coley

Top 11 Tips for Cenote Photography

Top 11 Tips for Cenote Photography
Luke Coley
Top tips from a Pro Cenote Photographer

The cenotes of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula offer a unique diving and underwater photographic opportunity. They have often been ranked among the world’s best freshwater dives.  Distinct environmental features with unique lighting and variations in visibility provide a limitless backdrop of creative and technical challenges. It's a canvas that can product astounding images. But achieving what you see in your mind’s eye is not always so simple.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Luke Coley was born in Chippenham, England, and is now based in Mexico, where he continues to work as an instructor and photographer and run underwater photography trips. Mexico offers an incredible variety, it is somewhere he can incorporate my love of travel, big animals, and overhead environments all in one package.

As a child, his fascination with the ocean was stoked by local fishing and aquarium visits. This combined with an interest in sharks and rays eventually led him to scuba diving.

In 2011, after a move to Australia, his passion for the ocean and photography had a true chance to grow when he rented a Canon S90 while diving the Great Barrier Reef and snapped his first successful underwater photos of a Green Turtle.

His career in diving started in the form of selling tours in Vietnam and in 2013, He became a Dive Professional. Since then, he has had the opportunity to work around the world including Fiji, the Cayman Islands, Indonesia, Palau, Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, and Mexico. He has dived in over 20 different countries while gaining the credentials of PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, TDI Full Cave Diver, and SSI Level II Freediver.

As a photographer, he began shooting while working in Fuerteventura, taking shots for dive students. It was in Komodo that he purchased his first Olympus TG-4. In his spare time, he would dive the house reef and work on techniques.

The real leap was when he joined the Siren and Master Fleets of Worldwide Dive and Sail. He worked as a Cruise Director and Divemaster and was introduced to some of the world’s top underwater photographers, which inspired him to invest in a Sony A7R II in the Nauticam housing. This gave him the tools and the opportunity to really grow.

He is now based in Mexico, where he continues to work as an instructor and photographer. Mexico offers an incredible variety, it is somewhere he can incorporate my love of travel, big animals, and overhead environments all in one package.

Visit his website: www.lukecoleyphotography.com

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The Ultimate Oxymoron of Underwater Photography
By Nirupam Nigam

Wide Angle Macro Photography

Wide Angle Macro Photography
Nirupam Nigam
The Ultimate Oxymoron of Underwater Photography

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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