Constant Lighting Tutorials

Underwater photography and video tutorial series for using constant lighting and video lights instead of strobes
By Brent Durand

Shooting still photos with strobes has long been the norm for underwater photography. In recent years, however, video lights have become very powerful, packed with strong lumen counts in small, affordable bodies. We're even seeing COB lights begin to replace traditional LED light arrays.

There are several benefits in using constant lighting (i.e. your dive or video lights) instead of strobes for shooting still photos, but there are also some important cons.

The tutorials below discuss some of the theories and practicalities of shooting with constant lighting underwater for both macro and wide-angle.



How to Shoot Stills with a Video Light







How to Combine Strobe and Video Light







Shooting a Smart Phone Underwater





If there's something you want to learn but can't find, email me at and we'll get a tutorial up on the site. Enjoy!


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