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.

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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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 Jeff 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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