Underwater Photography Articles & Tutorials

Marine Life Articles

Details articles on marine life popular with underwater photographers, including biology, behavior, food, habitat and photo tips.

At UWPG we constantly publish new articles on all aspects of underwater photography and video. We cover macro, wide-angle, dive destinations, gear reviews, tutorials and techniques, post-processing, marine life, photo essays, dive adventures, dive travel tips and other useful info for underwater photography.

How Coral Photography Can Inspire Your Next Dive
By Nicole Helgason, March 15, 2017
Dive into the world of corals, the incredible diversity you can find on the reef, and tips for bringing home great photos
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Basic Breakdown: Nudibranch Defenses
By Brent Durand, January 23, 2017
View colorful nudibranch photos and learn the techniques nudibranchs use to defend themselves from predators on the reef
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3 Really Unique Nudibranchs
By Irwin Ang, August 10, 2016
Irwin Ang shares photos, locations and info on three very unique and photogenic nudibranchs
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Face-to-Face with Killer Whales
By Ron Watkins, July 12, 2016
An unexpected Orca encounter in the Galapagos turns into a 40 minute high-adrenaline photo session
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Surprise Encounter with Spawning Corals
By Brent Durand, June 22, 2016
Photographing fish feeding on spawning corals, plus discussion on camera gear and shooting techniques
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Facts about Orcas, aka Killer Whales
By Chino Mendoza, June 12, 2016
An overview of the life of orcas, including range and habitat, food, size and conservation efforts
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Seeing Double: Colorful Fish Couples
By Jonathan Lavan, May 5, 2016
Facts and insight into behavior of some very interesting macro photo subjects
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Secret Worlds Magnified
By Adam Martin, April 28, 2016
Marine animals show their secret life under high magnification.
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Three Crazy Critters of the Dauin Coast
By Ron Watkins, March 28, 2016
Photos, shooting tips and unusual stories of macro subjects in Dumaguete, Philippines
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The Sand Tiger Sharks of North Carolina
By Tanya Houppermans, December 29, 2015
Exploring natural shark encounters on North Carolina's shipwrecks plus photo tips
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Encounter with an Oceanic Whitetip Shark
By Jeff Milisen, August 31, 2015
What do you do when approached by an unpredictable shark in the open ocean?
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How to Find Nudibranchs
By Linda Ianniello, August 24, 2015
Tips, tricks and advice for finding and photographing nudibranchs underwater
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Tips for Interacting with Dolphins and Whales
By Jeffrey Milisen, June 2, 2015
How to appoach mammals, their behaviors, trust and advice for capturing incredible photos
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Caribbean Creature Feature: Glass Blennies
By Jonathan Lavan, December 22, 2014
Time to Invest in a Diopter for these Little Fish!
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The Mimic Octopus: Photos, Behavior and Best Dive
By Brent Durand, November 24, 2014
Detailed info on the Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) including underwater photos, behaviors and the best dive sites for encounters.
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Caribbean Creature Feature: Hamlets
By Jonathan Lavan, November 11, 2014
Facts, Biology & Behavior of these Little Hunters of the Caribbean Reef
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Oceanic Whitetip Sharks; Predators on the Reef!
By Jonathan Lavan, September 4, 2014
Caribbean Creature Feature for Novice & Experienced Shark Divers
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Diving with Devils - Ultimate Guide to Manta Rays
By Jeff Milisen, August 14, 2014
Your Guide to Finding, Photographing and the Biology of Mantas
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Caribbean Creature Feature: The Secretary Blenny
By Jonathan Lavan, June 25, 2014
Get the Big Picture by Slowing Down and Seeing the Small Stuff
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Tips to Capture Vibrant Manta Ray Photos
By Craig Dietrich, February 27, 2014
Underwater Photo Techniques for Giant Pacific Manta Rays
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Nudibranch Self Defense in Action
By Cesare Naldi, January 20, 2014
Incredible Behavior Sequence of Fringehead Stung by Nudibranch Cerata
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A Nudibranch Safari in Norway
By Christian Skauge, December 26, 2013
Skinny Dipping with Nudi Beauties in Gulen - Photos, Camera Settings & more
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Inside Look: Training Sharks to Eat Lionfish
By Antonio Busiello, October 17, 2013
Controlling Invasive Lionfish in the Caribbean - A New Meal for Sharks?
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The Craziest Critters in Lembeh
By Mike Bartick, July 31, 2013
Amazing Behavior Photos you Need to See
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Ultimate Guide to Sea Turtle Photography
By Jeff Milisen, July 15, 2013
A Hawaii-Centric Guide to Sea Turtles, Where to Find Them, Photo Tips & Behaviors
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10 Underwater Creature Facts You Don't Know
By Jonathan Lavan, July 8, 2013
Fish that Farm, Sharks with Teeth on their Skin and more Amazing Facts!
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Fascinating Creatures of the Pacific Northwest
By Patricia Gunderson, June 27, 2013
Thriving Life, Surprising Behavior and Cold Water Creatures
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Once in a Lifetime Humpback Whale Experience
By Bruce Shafer, June 24, 2013
A Mother Whale Teaches her Newborn the Basics of Being a Whale
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5 Critters You Must See in the Indo-Pacific
By Mike Bartick, April 22, 2013
The Most Exciting Subjects for Underwater Photographers in the Indo-Pacific
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The Sand Dwelling Slugs of California
By Craig Hoover, April 16, 2013
A Nudibranch Adventure Through the Desert Beyond California's Coastline
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Diving Underwater With Manatees
By Stanley Bysshe, February 26, 2013
A great guide for how, when, and where to photograph Manatees
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Navigating the Kelp Forest Safely Underwater and
By Jonathan Lavan, January 15, 2013
Tips and tricks on how to get some great shots in the maze that is the kelp forest.
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Knowing your Subject: its Habits, Habitat and
By Jonathan Lavan, November 21, 2012
How knowledge about your subject can increase your success rate with underwater photography
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Photographing Manatees
By Jo-Ann Wilkins, June 19, 2012
Where to find these magnificent "gentle giants" and how to get the best possible photos of them
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January Critter Season
By Mike Bartick, March 2, 2012
While water temperatures may be cold, January is arguably the best time of year to find awesome underwater critter action.
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Bartick's Critter Column: Reflecting on 2011
By Mike Bartick, January 9, 2012
Mike Bartick looks back at his 2011 dive logs and reflects on great dives, unique critters, new behaviors captured, and more.
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Bartick's Water Column: Mimic, Muck, & Beyond
By Mike Bartick, November 20, 2011
This month Mike goes underwater in search of all things mimic and muck. Including Maluku frogfish, leaf scorpionfish, pipehorses, and more!
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Bartick's Water Column: Searching for Rhinopias
By Mike Bartick, October 8, 2011
A first person animal encounter write-up that will be updated each month, and includes amazing critters and underwater photography tips.
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Indo-Pacific Critter Guide Gets Updated
By Scott Gietler, July 20, 2011
The Ultimate Indo-Pacific critter list and online field guide just got better, with dozens of new entries.
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ReefID: Share your Underwater Photography
By Michael Zeigler, May 16, 2011
ReefID: Share your Underwater Photography and Identify your Subjects A great new tool to enha...
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