Underwater Photography Articles & Tutorials

Stories Behind the Shot

Go behind the lens of some incredible underwater photos, including viral photos / videos and prestigious contests winners, with shooting tips, camera settings and more.

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.

What's in the Camera Bag: Serge Abourjeily
By Serge Abourjeily, January 18, 2017
Take an inside look at the camera and housing gear used by underwater photographer Serge Abourjeily
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An Encounter with Orcas in Mexico
By Jerónimo Prieto, December 8, 2016
Divers off Baja California experience magic moments with passing orcas in these natural encounters
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Video: Diving a Nuclear Missile Silo
By Russell Clark and Trisha Stovel, November 30, 2016
Go behind the scenes as Seaproof.tv explores deep inside a Titan 1 missile silo in this underwater documentary short
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What's in the Camera Bag: Mike Bartick
By Mike Bartick, November 17, 2016
Take an inside look at the camera and housing gear used by professional underwater photographer Mike Bartick
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Moments with a Humpback Mother & Calf
By Cassie Jensen, November 7, 2016
Story Behind the Shots of two special experiences swimming with humpback whale mothers and calves in Tonga
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Video: The Wrecks of Bell Island
By Russell Clark and Trisha Stovel, October 19, 2016
Behind the scenes of Seaproof.tv's shipwreck minimentary featuring Jill Heinerth in a cold water explorer's paradise
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What's in the Camera Bag: Ken Kiefer
By Ken Kiefer, July 27, 2016
Take an inside look at the camera and housing gear used by underwater photographer Ken Kiefer
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What's in the Camera Bag: Ron Watkins
By Ron Watkins, June 14, 2016
Take an inside look at the camera and housing gear used by underwater photographer Ron Watkins
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What's in the Camera Bag: Brook Peterson
By Brook Peterson, May 17, 2016
Take an inside look at the camera and housing gear used by underwater photographer Book Peterson
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Dugong Photos on a Single Breath
By Vaclav Krpelik, February 22, 2016
Take an inside look at a beautiful collection of dugong photos from Egypt
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Made in Puget Sound
By Drew Collins, January 20, 2016
How Drew Collins transformed his two passions, scuba and photography, into a business
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Story Behind the Shot "Attention Seeker"
By Arek Mszyca, March 24, 2015
Arek Mszyca shares a special story behind his Ocean Art category-winning image
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Incredible Photo Sequence "Eyes Bigger than the
By Jack Berthomier, March 11, 2015
View the Full Sequence of a Sea Snake Eating a Catfish, an Ocean Art winning shot by Jack Berthomier
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Story Behind the Shot "Angry Sepiola"
By Giacomo Giovannini, February 23, 2015
Giacomo Giovannini shares the story behind his Ocean Art category-winning image
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Story Behind the Shot "Lionfish Stares at its
By Ilan Ben Tov, February 10, 2015
Ilan Ben Tov shares the story behind his Ocean Art category-winning image
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Story Behind the Shot "Glaucus Atlanticus"
By Eduardo Acevedo, February 5, 2015
Eduardo Acevedo shares the story behind his Ocean Art category-winning image
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Story Behind the Shot "Underwater Circus"
By Lucie Drlikova, January 29, 2015
Lucie Drlikova shares the story behind her Ocean Art category-winning image
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Story Behind the Shot "Kirra Underwater"
By Ray Collins, January 26, 2015
Ray Collins shares the story behind his Ocean Art winning image
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4K Underwater Video with the Panasonic GH4
By UWPG Editors, December 18, 2014
Testing the Panasonic GH4 in Nauticam Housing for Underwater Video in 4K Resolution, Including Lens Tests
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Rolling in the Deep: Komodo Wide-Angle
By Dustin Adamson, August 25, 2014
Video & Behind the Scenes Commentary for Rolling in the Deep - Wide-Angle
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Rolling in the Deep: Komodo Macro
By Dustin Adamson, August 25, 2014
Video & Behind the Scenes Commentary for Rolling in the Deep - Macro
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Story Behind the Shot: "Shout"
By Allen Walker, August 6, 2014
How do you Capture a Dynamic & Exciting Shark Photo?
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Mating Blue-Ringed Octopus: Story Behind the Shot
By Brent Durand, June 19, 2014
Capturing a Fleeting Cephalopod Encounter
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Bryde's Whale: Story Behind the Shot
By Francis Pérez, June 2, 2014
Incredible Photo Series of Bryde's Whale Engulfing a Bait Ball in the Canary Islands
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Experimenting with Color Strobe Gels
By Brent Durand, May 19, 2014
New Technique: Create Vibrant Color with Strobe Gels
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The Squid Eye: Story Behind the Shot
By Els Van Den Borre, October 2, 2013
It takes more than luck to shoot macro detail on a large subject
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Story Behind the Shot: Cave Reflection
By Jannik Pedersen, May 2, 2013
Combining Cenote photography, a dive model & reflection into a winning image
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Story Behind the Shot: Lion-mane Nudibranch
By Brent Durand, April 9, 2013
An Inside Look at Shooting a Unique Melibe Nudibranch Congregation
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Story Behind The Shot: Hatching Octopus
By Todd Winner, November 5, 2012
The story behind an image of hatching octopus, taken with a Canon 5D Mark III
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Story Behind the Shot: Super Macro in Puget Sound
By Patricia Gunderson, May 24, 2012
Patricia Gunderson describes how she shot the super small critter that won her 1st Place "Super Macro" in our 2011 Ocean Art Contest.
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Story Behind the Shot: Frozen Fjord
By Lill Haugen, May 3, 2012
Lill Haugen, winner in the "Coldwater" category of our 2011 Ocean Art Contest, shares how she got her shot in the frozen waters of Norway.
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Story Behind the Shot: The Hunting Leopard Seal
By Natalia Chervyakova, April 25, 2012
Natalia Chervyakova visits the Antarctic Peninsula to photograph the deadly leopard seal.
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Story Behind the Shot: "Manta Madness"
By Tobias Friedrich, March 5, 2012
The story of how I got the shot that won the 2011 Ocean Art Contest
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Story Behind the Shot: Bettina Balnis
By Bettina Balnis, July 29, 2011
Bettina explains how she achieved this winning shot of two skeleton shrimp for the 2010 Ocean Art Photo Competition.
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Story of the Shot: Douglas Hoffman
By Michael Zeigler, June 15, 2011
Award-winning underwater photographer Douglas Hoffman shares his approach to capturing shark images.
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Story Behind the Shot: Diving the Shallow Waters
By Tony Cherbas, February 10, 2011
First place winner in the "Novice" category of our Ocean Art Contest, Tony Cherbas describes how he got his winning shot "Narcissus"
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Story of the Shot: Keri Wilk
By Keri Wilk, January 9, 2011
Keri shares his experience capturing this amazing image.
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Story of the Shot: Todd Winner
By Todd Winner, November 30, 2010
Todd describes how he captured this octopus and sunburst
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Story of the Shot: Guadalupe Island
By Todd Winner, October 23, 2010
Story of the Shot: Todd Winner Baitball & Sea Lion at Guadalupe island By Todd Winner...
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How to Get the Shot: Oil Rigs
By Scott Gietler and Todd Winner, May 24, 2010
Story of the Shot: Oil Rigs How to approach oil rigs when shooting wide-angle By Todd Winner...
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