Shooting a Smart Phone Underwater
In an age where most photos are viewed on a computer or smart phone screen, there's a new generation of affordable cameras that can hold their own against much more sophisticated systems. Of course, there's a time and a place where each camera system (compact, mirrorless, DSLR, or other) excels, and good reason to invest in the system that's right for you.
We grow as photographers when we problem solve for shifting variables - a concept I try to stress during photo workshops. Something as simple as passing clouds can pivot your entire wide-angle photo strategy during a dive. No arms and clamps? No problem. You can experiment with handleld light and really learn where the cone of light falls off in relation to your subject. Photography isn't just about some settings - it's about using a tool to capture the scene in front of you. The different tools do different things.
With the spirit of experimentation in mind, below are photos shot with a melange of photo gear during our recent Sri Lanka photo workshops. Hopefully this is some inspiration for all of us to get out there and experiment!
A diver hovers below a cloud of fish on the Car Wreck in Sri Lanka. Photo: Brent Durand
A tractor sits overturned on the Medhufaru Wreck in Sri Lanka. Photo: Brent Durand
A moray eel peers at the photographer. Photo: Brent Durand
Macro time! Photo: Brent Durand
Colors abound on the Car Wreck. Photo: Brent Durand
Even the dive guide can't help but film some video on the Perseus shipwreck in Sri Lanka. Photo: Brent Durand
It pays look search the nooks and crannies of the Car Wreck for colorful subjects. Photo: Brent Durand
A lionfish drifts back and forth in surge during a dive on the Lotus Barge wreck. Photo: Brent Durand
Distortion can create a fun effect when used sparingly. Photo: Brent Durand
Sometimes it's nice to step back and enjoy the big picture. Photo: Brent Durand
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