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.

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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Dispatch from Yap, Micronesia
By Paul & Lisa Hogger, January 3, 2017
An inside look at the scuba diving and underwater photo opportunities in Yap, Micronesia
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Lightroom Tricks: Adjusting Tones using the
By Erik Lukas, December 22, 2016
Make your images pop by fine tuning their tonal range with this quick Lightroom editing technique
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Canon G7 X II Best Settings
By Brent Durand, December 20, 2016
The best photo and video settings for shooting the Canon G7 X Mark II underwater, including depth of field, shutter speed for strobes and more
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Panasonic LX100 Settings for Underwater Video
By Basil Kiwan, December 19, 2016
Camera and menu settings for getting the best underwater video from your Panasonic LX100 camera, including sample 4K videos
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How to Choose Photos for a Competition
By Martin Toole, December 16, 2016
Quick tips to ensure that you are picking your best and most creative photos when entering underwater photo competitions
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Liveaboard Customizations for Photographers
By UWPG Editors, December 12, 2016
A quick guide to conveniences and features to look for on your next underwater photo and video liveaboard cruise
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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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5 Tips for Creative Wreck Photos
By Brook Peterson, December 6, 2016
Improve your underwater wreck photography with these essential tools and tips for lighting, composing and shooting different scenes
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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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Inside Look: Cold Water Expeditions
By Alban Michon, November 22, 2016
Go behind the scenes with French explorer Alban Michon while diving some of the coldest and most remote locations on earth
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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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Dispatch from Batanta Island
By Paul & Lisa Hogger, October 31, 2016
Get lost in this underwater photo essay on the diving and critters in this remote area of Raja Ampat, Indonesia
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Panasonic GH4 Underwater Video Settings
By Bobby Arnold, October 25, 2016
The best settings and menu selections for shooting pro-level video with the Panasonic GH4 mirrorless camera
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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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