Artistic Underwater Compositions
Different ways to approach your underwater photography
Artistic underwater photography can include use of color, texture, patterns, abstracts, and super macro. Developing an eye for artistic photography takes time. It helps to use other photographers' images for inspiration. Start off looking for pattern, texture and abstracts in the macro and supermacro world, zooming your camera lens out, or using your longest macro lens for a two-dimensional feeling. Try to fill the frame with your subject.
Color can be used to add a mood or feeling to a photograph. Blue can impart a sense of peace, calm, coolness, sadness, or quiet. Green gives a nature like feel. Yellow and orange show warmth. Red is always the most exciting color to photograph.
- use sidelighting to bring out the texture.
Texture of a sea hare. D300, 60mm + 1.4x tele. F16, 1/320th
There's a very good gallery of abstract images here that you can also get ideas from.
Fish eyes can make great artistic shots.
Special effects in Photoshop
Photoshop effect: Filter/Stylized/Glowing edges
Janolus nudibranch, Catalina, California
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