Underwater Photography Articles & Tutorials

Underwater Photo Tutorials

This section is devoted to sharing the best photo tutorials, techniques and tips for all types of underwater photography. We cover wide-angle, macro, supermacro, behavior, composition, different shooting conditions, shooting with specific gear and much more.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Combine Strobe and Video Light
By Brent Durand, October 17, 2016
Explore a creative technique to get the most from wide-angle color when shooting with a single strobe and video light
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3 Tips for Better Underwater Macro
By Brent Durand, September 6, 2016
Keep these tips in mind to create crisp, engaging underwater macro photos on compact, mirrorless or dslr cameras
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Tips for Shooting with Diopters
By Mike Bartick, August 30, 2016
How to use Diopters to shoot supermacro photos, including best aperture, strobe position and best camera lenses
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Capture Great Photos in Blue Water
By Todd Thimios , August 16, 2016
Tutorial on how to approach big animals and shoot powerful images in blue water, including photo gear and settings
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Best Underwater Settings for the Sony A7R II
By Kelli Dickinson, June 27, 2016
Detailed settings information for using the Sony A7R II camera underwater
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5 Tips for Surf Photography
By Stan Moniz, June 16, 2016
Start shooting energetic surf photos with these fundamental tips, including focus, settings and camera gear
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How to Shoot Stills with a Video Light
By Brent Durand, May 23, 2016
Use your dive or video light to create vibrant underwater photos with your compact camera without use of a strobe
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Wide-Angle in the Andaman Islands
By Erik Lukas, May 11, 2016
Reefscapes, schooling fish and photo tips for capturing unique wide-angle photos in some very rarely dived areas of India
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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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