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.

2015 Ocean Art Contest Winners
By UWPG News, January 5, 2016
Winning Images from the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
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The Sand Tiger Sharks of North Carolina
By Tanya Houppermans, December 29, 2015
Exploring natural shark encounters on North Carolina's shipwrecks plus photo tips
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Ocean Art Photo Competition 2015 Judges Comments
By , December 17, 2015
The Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition is one of the most prestigious u/w photo contests in the ...
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Color Filters vs. Post-Processing
By Brent Durand, December 7, 2015
We explore the pros and cons of using colored filters underwater vs. post-processing
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Epic Photo Destinations: French Polynesia
By Brent Durand (text), Photos by Various, November 30, 2015
The second photo essay in our series of 5 epic destinations for underwater photography
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Environmental Message Behind Darwin's Dream Film
By Brent Durand, November 25, 2015
An inside look at the Galapagos Islands conservation message videographer Dustin Adamson put behind his recent film Darwin's Dream
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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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One-Click Editing with Vivid-Pix
By Brent Durand, November 17, 2015
We test the editing capabilities of Vivid-Pix with .jpg images from La Paz
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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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Silky Sharks of Malpelo Island
By Mikhail Kisin, October 28, 2015
Schooling Silky Sharks are rarely seen - except in the waters surrounding a secluded rock in Columbian waters, known among regulars as "The Rock"
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Epic Photo Destinations: Raja Ampat
By Brent Durand, October 21, 2015
The first photo essay in a series of 5 epic destinations for underwater photography
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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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Never Leave Your Macro Gear at Home
By Mark Hatter, October 8, 2015
Discovering a world of macro photo possibilities in a wide angle photography hot spot
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Underwater Photo Journey Through La Paz
By Brent Durand, September 29, 2015
A photo essay and recap from our small group photo trip to La Paz
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Photographing Crocs: Behind the Scenes
By Ken Kiefer, September 23, 2015
An inside look at the diving, safety, photo gear and planning involved for American Crocodile photos
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10 Dive Sites you Must See in the Solomon Islands
By Joanna O'Shea, September 16, 2015
Wide-angle, macro, wrecks and the most beautiful diving in the Solomons
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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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The Wild Side of the Channel Islands
By Brent Durand, September 9, 2015
Photo Essay from 3 days of diving California’s northern Channel Islands
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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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Encounter with an Oceanic Whitetip Shark
By Jeff Milisen, August 31, 2015
What do you do when approached by an unpredictable shark in the open ocean?
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How to Find Nudibranchs
By Linda Ianniello, August 24, 2015
Tips, tricks and advice for finding and photographing nudibranchs underwater
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Photo Tips for Adventure Diving and Expeditions
By Brent Durand, August 18, 2015
Essential tips for bringing home great shots when you have no resort or liveaboard home base
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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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Secret Dances in the Sand Flats
By Vijay Raman, August 10, 2015
Explore the sand flats of the Sea of Cortez and the fish who call it home in this unique photo essay
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Singapore’s First Marine Park
By Victor Tang, August 3, 2015
The story and photos behind the birth of the new Sisters' Islands Marine Park
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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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Optimizing Your Lightroom Workflow
By Brent Durand, July 14, 2015
Timesaving tips to process your images, including import settings, presets and findability
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The Hammerheads of Bimini
By Shane Gross, July 7, 2015
What Photographers Need to Know about Diving Bimini's Hammerhead Headquarters
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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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Using Dehaze in new Adobe Lightroom CC
By Brent Durand, June 18, 2015
Lightroom's new dehaze feature could mean big things for underwater photography - let's check it out
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Tips for Interacting with Dolphins and Whales
By Jeffrey Milisen, June 2, 2015
How to appoach mammals, their behaviors, trust and advice for capturing incredible photos
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Coiba: Fish Photography at Surprise Island
By Mikhail Kisin, May 27, 2015
Why this Big Fish Hotspot Needs to be on Your Trip List
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Anilao Workshop Photo Essay
By Brent Durand (text), Various (photos), May 26, 2015
Guest Photos, Workshop Report, Critters of the Season and More
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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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The Cage Diving Experience and Photo Tips
By George Probst, May 18, 2015
Capturing the Great White Shark at Isla de Guadalupe
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