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.

3 Reasons to Shoot Vertical
By Tracey Jones, May 3, 2016
Learn why portrait orientation is a powerful composition tool and when to apply the technique
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The Essentials of Wave Photography
By Ben Thouard, April 27, 2016
Photo tips, best gear, camera settings and photo essay on capturing epic wave shots from the water
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Sony a7R II Best Video Settings for Underwater
By Brent Durand, April 21, 2016
Overview of the best video settings for using the Sony a7R II underwater
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9 Wide Angle Underwater Photography Tips
By Craig Dietrich, April 11, 2016
Wide angle underwater photography tips from professional photographer, Craig Dietrich.
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How to Capture Stunning Splits
By Renee Grinnell Capozzola, March 30, 2016
Tutorial and experiences shooting over-under split shots in French Polynesia and Hawaii
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3 Tips for GoPro Underwater Video
By Brent Durand, February 16, 2016
Improve your GoPro underwater video with these easy tips to bring home excellent footage.
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Best Underwater Settings for Olympus OM-D E-M5
By Kelli Dickinson, February 10, 2016
A look at the best settings for macro and wide-angle underwater photography with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
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Five DSLR Life-hacks for Great Macro Photography
By Brook Peterson, January 18, 2016
Tips and tricks for improving your underwater macro photos
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Shooting from the Hip
By Mark Gray, November 23, 2015
Exploring the situations and techniques used for quick shots from the hip
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Nikon D800 & D810 underwater settings
By Scott Gietler, November 13, 2015
Getting great underwater photos with your full-frame Nikon dSLR
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Inside Look: Gear for Shooting Models in Pools
By Ken Kiefer, November 11, 2015
Leave the marine life lenses at home – time to learn what’s needed for a pool photo session.
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Wide Angle Tutorial on the Oil Rigs
By Scott Gietler, November 5, 2015
A wide-angle underwater photography tutorial
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Capturing Fast Ocean Action
By Shane Gross, November 4, 2015
The quick or the dead – 5 tips to make sure you capture fast action underwater
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How to Improve your Fish Portraits
By Christian Skauge, October 13, 2015
Some of the most stunning macro images show portraits of tiny fish. What does it take? Find out in this tutorial.
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Shooting Great Portraits of Sharks
By Caine Delacy, October 13, 2015
Tips and tricks for capturing shark portraits in the blue, from the open water to behind the bars of a cage
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Ultimate Guide to Snoot Photography
By Mike Bartick, September 14, 2015
Shooting tips, light casts, best subjects and techniques for using a snoot underwater
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How to Shoot Wave Photos with your GoPro
By Brent Durand, September 2, 2015
Essential tips, advice and best accessories for capturing wave photos and videos with your GoPro camera
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3 Tips for Underwater Macro Video
By Sascha Janson, August 12, 2015
Bring your macro video to the next level with these simple tips
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Top Tips for Super Macro Photography
By Scott Gietler, July 29, 2015
Make dramatic improvements in your underwater supermacro photos
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3 Tips to Capture Manta Ray Action
By Rodney Bursiel, July 27, 2015
How to capture dramatic photos of manta rays in shallow water
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Creating Simple and Strong Compositions
By Ken Kiefer, June 22, 2015
A tutorial on how to compose your images for the most visual impact
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When to Use GoPro Filters Underwater
By Brent Durand, May 21, 2015
Video Demo and Guide to Using GoPro Filters and Underwater Lights
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Macro Wide Open
By Mike Bartick, May 1, 2015
A Macro Photo Tutorial on Shallow Depth of Field
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The Quick Guide to Macro Composition
By Gaby Barathieu, April 8, 2015
Basic Tips and Advice to Help you Start Shooting Amazing Macro Images
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Photo Tips for Blackwater Diving
By Jeffrey Milisen, April 6, 2015
Tips for Amazing Pelagic Invertebrate Encounters and Capturing Jaw-Dropping Photos
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Olympus PEN E-PL5 Underwater Settings
By Kelli Dickinson, March 21, 2015
Best underwater settings for the Olympus PEN E-PL5 and previous PEN cameras.
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Essential Tips for Nudibranch Photography
By Mike Bartick, March 13, 2015
Best camera settings, anatomy guide and photo tips for shooting nudibranchs
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Canon 7D Mark II Best Settings for Underwater
By Brent Durand, February 25, 2015
A Review of the Best Settings and Lenses for Underwater Photo & Video
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How to Use In-Camera Image Overlays
By Francesco Pacienza, February 18, 2015
Pro Tips and Instructions for Creating Amazing Underwater Scenes from Two Images
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Guide to Shooting Striking Sunbursts
By Brent Durand, February 16, 2015
Tips, Techniques and Settings for Shooting Underwater Sunbursts
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Underwater Settings
By Kelli Dickinson, February 10, 2015
A look at the best settings for macro and wide-angle underwater photography
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Best Underwater Settings for the Olympus OM-D E-M1
By Kelli Dickinson, February 6, 2015
A look at the best settings for macro and wide-angle underwater photography
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Best Underwater Settings for the Olympus OM-D E-M5
By Kelli Dickinson, February 6, 2015
A look at the best settings for macro and wide-angle underwater photography
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GoPro Underwater Housing and Mount Tips
By Brent Durand, February 5, 2015
An overview of GoPro mounting options on trays, handles and poles, with additional tips on housing maintenance
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Tips to Create Striking Ambient Light Photos
By Christina & Eusebio Saenz de Santamaria, January 27, 2015
5 Elements you Must Incorporate into your Ambient Light Photos
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Macro Methods: Sharp Eyes and Nice Bokeh
By Brent Durand, January 13, 2015
A Tutorial on Capturing Sharp Eyes and Nice Bokeh in your Underwater Photos
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It's All in the Flash
By Mike Bartick, January 7, 2015
How to Capture Fast-Action Flashing & Attention-Drawing Behavior Underwater
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Must-Have GoPro Accessories Video
By Scott Gietler, December 19, 2014
All the Essentials you Need for Underwater Video with your GoPro
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Shooting with a Dive Model
By Brent Durand, December 15, 2014
Tips on how to Shoot Photos with a Dive Model or Dive Buddy in the Scene
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Shooting Stills with the Panasonic GH4
By Xander Water, December 4, 2014
The GH4 is known for 4K Video, but Let's Look at its Still Photo Capabilities
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