Underwater Photography Articles & Tutorials

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.

Master Class Tutorial - Great Mandarin Fish Photos
By Scott Gietler, November 9, 2017
Scott reveals the ten secrets to getting beautiful photos of mating Mandarin Fish underwater
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Best Underwater Settings for the Olympus OM-D E-M1
By Kelli Dickinson, November 5, 2017
Newly updated - settings recommendations for the E-M1 Mark II Camera when shooting underwater.
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Sony A7RIII Announced
By Matthew Sullivan, October 25, 2017
Sony Updates Their FF Line-up
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First Impressions: Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Lens
By Brook Peterson, October 23, 2017
Nikon's Newest Full Frame Fisheye Option
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Best Lens Choices for DSLR Underwater Photography
By Brook Peterson, October 9, 2017
Choosing the proper lens for the proper task underwater.
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Nauticam D850 Announced
By Matthew Sullivan, October 6, 2017
Nauticam announced housing for Nikon D850 DSLR
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Story behind the shot - Yawning Goby
By Helen Brierley, September 19, 2017
Story behind Helen Brierley's uncropped underwater photo that won "Best of Show"
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SoCal Shootout Winners Announced
By Matthew Sullivan, September 18, 2017
Winning images from the SoCal Shootout 2017 sponsored by Bluewater Photo & Travel
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Master Class Tutorial - Planning for a Great Shot
By Scott Gietler, September 7, 2017
Learn how to come home with incredible marine life photos by following these 7 simple steps
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The Unforgettable Red Sea
By Brook Peterson, July 17, 2017
Northern Red Sea, one of the most beautiful marine environments on the planet. Known for lush reefs, and a multitude of famous wrecks.
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Swimming with Dinosaurs in Mexico
By Dan McGanty and Helen Brierley, July 12, 2017
A different kind of diving experience in Mexico
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Creative DIY Bokeh
By Indigo Bolandrini , June 27, 2017
Create New and Unexpected Images with Common Household Items
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Acting Snooty!
By Brook Peterson, June 26, 2017
How to Get Results Using a Snoot for Underwater Photography
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Taking Vintage Lenses Underwater
By Matthew Sullivan, June 20, 2017
A different approach in creating interesting and unique underwater photos.
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Lightroom Tips & Tricks: The Spray Can Tool
By Erik Lukas, June 5, 2017
Learn how to use the spray can tool to add keywords and metadata to your images
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Portraits from God's Pocket
By Aaron Halstead, May 15, 2017
This detailed look at the underwater animals of Vancouver Island will have you packing your drysuit and camera gear right away
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How to Shoot Your Way Out of a Slump
By Jeff Milisen, May 10, 2017
Rejuvenate your creative photography with these tips to sort through the multitude of photo opportunities during a dive trip
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Strobe Positioning for Wide-Angle Underwater
By Brook Peterson, April 24, 2017
Tips for lighting wide-angle scenes while reducing backscatter, including strobe positions for close-focus, big animals and reefs
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The Colorful Fish of Fiji
By Andreas Goldhahn, April 20, 2017
12 photos of Fiji's most colorful and interesting fish flashing, yawning and displaying other great behaviors
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Tips to Capture Fintastic Shark Shots
By Mike Ellis, April 17, 2017
Improve your shark photography with these tips for composition, creativity and behavior during shark dives in all water conditions
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Shooting a Smart Phone Underwater
By Brent Durand, April 13, 2017
A photo essay comparing images shot on a smart phone with a variety of accessories and lighting tools.
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Guide to Manual White Balance on the Sony a6500
By Steve Harms, April 12, 2017
An introduction to ambient light shooting, plus instructions for setting manual white balance for underwater photo and video on the Sony a6300 and a6500
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Photographer's Guide to Tulamben
By Nirupam Nigam, April 10, 2017
A photo essay and diving overview, including best dive sites, in Tulamben.
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Story Behind the Shot: Swallows Cave
By Sarah Alice Lee, March 27, 2017
Take an inside look at photographer Sarah Alice Lee's creative process while pursuing this beautiful image
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The Yucatán Dive Trek: Behind the Scenes
By UWPG News, March 23, 2017
An interview with William Drumm about shooting the Yucatán Dive Trek web series above and below the water
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The Art of Backlighting Waves
By Philip Thurston, March 22, 2017
Philip Thurston shares his tips in creating an epic backlit wave photos
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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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Tips for Capturing Marine Life Behavior
By Serge Abourjeily, March 13, 2017
Improve your marine life behavior shots with these tips for maximizing photo opportunities and and telling the best story of the encounter
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Story Behind the Wave
By Ben Thouard, February 25, 2017
Photographer Ben Thouard captures a unique underwater perspective of surfer Anthony Walsh at Teahupoo
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The Vibrant Soft Corals of Fiji
By Andreas Goldhahn photos, Brent Durand text, February 22, 2017
12 vividly colored wide-angle photos that will make you want to book your dive trip to Fiji tomorrow
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How to Choose Award Winning Images
By Brook Peterson, February 15, 2017
Tips for selecting underwater images that will stand out to judges and win photo contests
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Shooting Tips: Sharks and Sunbursts
By Mike Ellis, February 14, 2017
Underwater photo tips for capturing dramatic photos of fast-moving sharks paired with a crisp sunburst
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What's in the Camera Bag: Brent Durand
By Brent Durand, February 8, 2017
Take an inside look at the underwater camera gear used by UWPG editor Brent Durand to lead two upcoming photo workshops in Sri Lanka.
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Shooting Tips: Canon 5D Mark IV in Poor Vis
By William Winram, February 7, 2017
Secrets and guidelines to capturing great shots with Canon 5D Mark IV when shooting in less-that-ideal visibility.
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3 u/w Encounters You Can't Miss in Australia
By Brent Durand, February 1, 2017
Three of the most unusual underwater marine life encounters that you need to dive and photograph when visiting Australia
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Pro Tips for Achieving Sharp Focus
By David Fleetham, January 30, 2017
Comprehensive tutorial on producing sharp underwater photos, starting in camera and ending with detailed post-processing enhancements
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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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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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Picture Perfect: What Makes a Good Image Great
By Brook Peterson, January 16, 2017
Take your underwater photography to the next level with these tips and tricks for lighting, composition and more
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2016 Ocean Art Contest Winners
By UWPG News, January 8, 2017
Winning Images from the prestigious 6th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
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