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Underwater photo tutorials, techniques and tips for all types of underwater photo and video, including macro, supermacro, wide-angle, composition and best camera gear.

A guide to in-camera compression and its affects on image quality and storage
By Jenna Szerlag

Getting To Know Your Camera's Image Quality Formats

Jenna Szerlag
A guide to in-camera compression and its affects on image quality and storage

Compact, mirrorless and dslr cameras offer several file formats when it comes to recording your underwater images. The two most common are jpeg and RAW.  Both formats offer levels of compression to choose from, each with their own benefits. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a long-time Hawaii resident, Jenna moved to Maui in 2002 to pursue her interest in diving. Discovering the beauty of the islands and the desire to show it to the world led Jenna into her passion for nature photography. She pursued her education by attending hands-on workshops and conferences with respected educators mastering the camera topside before taking her photography underwater.  

Jenna enjoys travel and adventure and has recently become a certified Hawaii Marine Naturalist. Her images have been published in Forbes Magazine, Travel and Leisure, calendars and several other publications. She has been a professional contributor for Pacific Stock since 2012, the largest worldwide stock photography agency exclusive to the Hawaii and Asia Pacific Regions. You can find her images at www.jennaszerlag.com and on Instagram @seaofphotos.

 

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A quick guide to charging Light & Motion Sola Dive Lights with care and maintenance tips.
By Jenna Szerlag

How To Charge Your Sola Dive Light

Jenna Szerlag
A quick guide to charging Light & Motion Sola Dive Lights with care and maintenance tips.

Sola Dive Lights by Light & Motion are a popular choice when it comes to lighting the underwater world. Their innovative design combining portability with the rigidity of a factory sealed body assures that the light will never have to be opened to charge the battery.

Light & Motion Sola Dive Light

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a long-time Hawaii resident, Jenna moved to Maui in 2002 to pursue her interest in diving. Discovering the beauty of the islands and the desire to show it to the world led Jenna into her passion for nature photography. She pursued her education by attending hands-on workshops and conferences with respected educators mastering the camera topside before taking her photography underwater.  

Jenna enjoys travel and adventure and has recently become a certified Hawaii Marine Naturalist. Her images have been published in Forbes Magazine, Travel and Leisure, calendars and several other publications. She has been a professional contributor for Pacific Stock since 2012, the largest worldwide stock photography agency exclusive to the Hawaii and Asia Pacific Regions. You can find her images at www.jennaszerlag.com and on Instagram @seaofphotos.

 

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The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


GoPro Quik Is A Simple, Free App To View, Edit, and Share Your Footage
By Jenna Szerlag

Editing Video With GoPro Quik

Jenna Szerlag
GoPro Quik Is A Simple, Free App To View, Edit, and Share Your Footage

GoPro Quik for desktop is a fast and easy way to view and edit your GoPro videos. You can organize your footage and highlight your favorite moments to create powerful stories with a soundtrack in minutes. Share your creation with a link or straight to social media directly from the app.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a long-time Hawaii resident, Jenna moved to Maui in 2002 to pursue her interest in diving. Discovering the beauty of the islands and the desire to show it to the world led Jenna into her passion for nature photography. She pursued her education by attending hands-on workshops and conferences with respected educators mastering the camera topside before taking her photography underwater.  

Jenna enjoys travel and adventure and has recently become a certified Hawaii Marine Naturalist. Her images have been published in Forbes Magazine, Travel and Leisure, calendars and several other publications. She has been a professional contributor for Pacific Stock since 2012, the largest worldwide stock photography agency exclusive to the Hawaii and Asia Pacific Regions. You can find her images at www.jennaszerlag.com and on Instagram @seaofphotos.

 

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The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


Best underwater settings for the Olympus TG-5 and TG-6
By Nirupam Nigam

Olympus TG-5 and TG-6 Underwater Settings

Olympus TG-5 and TG-6 Underwater Settings
Nirupam Nigam
Best underwater settings for the Olympus TG-5 and TG-6

The Olympus TG-5 and TG-6 are two of the most popular compact cameras currently on the market for underwater photographers. They are notable for their amazing durability, waterproofing down to 50 ft without a housing, beautiful image quality, and impressive macro capability. Because the TG-6 was a somewhat superficial upgrade from the TG-5, there are relatively few differences between the cameras.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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How having a simple plan before the dive can help improve your underwater photography
By Jenna Szerlag

Underwater Photography Technique: Envision Your Capture

Jenna Szerlag
How having a simple plan before the dive can help improve your underwater photography

Have you ever taken several underwater photos on a dive but weren’t happy with any of them?  We would be incredibly lucky if all of our images turned out exactly how we intended them to, but underwater photography is an ongoing learning experience especially with all the variations in lighting, subjects and conditions.  In this article I’d like to go over how staying focused and having a simple plan before the dive can help yield better results and overall satisfaction with your photos.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a long-time Hawaii resident, Jenna moved to Maui in 2002 to pursue her interest in diving. Discovering the beauty of the islands and the desire to show it to the world led Jenna into her passion for nature photography. She pursued her education by attending hands-on workshops and conferences with respected educators mastering the camera topside before taking her photography underwater.  

Jenna enjoys travel and adventure and has recently become a certified Hawaii Marine Naturalist. Her images have been published in Forbes Magazine, Travel and Leisure, calendars and several other publications. She has been a professional contributor for Pacific Stock since 2012, the largest worldwide stock photography agency exclusive to the Hawaii and Asia Pacific Regions. You can find her images at www.jennaszerlag.com and on Instagram @seaofphotos.

 

SUPPORT THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE:

The Best Service & Prices on u/w Photo Gear

 

Visit Bluewater Photo & Video for all your underwater photography and video gear. Click, or call the team at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 


The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


The GoPro takes amazing underwater macro video! Tips and tricks for capturing small critters with just a GoPro, some lights, a macro lens, and some patience...
By Lisa Cristall

GoPro Macro Underwater Video: A Beginner's Guide

Lisa Cristall
The GoPro takes amazing underwater macro video! Tips and tricks for capturing small critters with just a GoPro, some lights, a macro lens, and some patience...

Note from the Editor-in-Chief: A Gopro is more versatile than one might think for underwater video, considering the size and simplicity of a GoPro. With so many cool critters underwater being smaller than the size of an apple, capturing video of macro critters is a top priority for many divers. The GoPro is an excellent tool for this if you know how to utilize its fullest potential.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ever since she can remember, Lisa has been fascinated by the ocean and its inhabitants. Born and raised in the middle of the prairies, though, she mostly had to make do with books and movies to satisfy her curiosity. In 2011, she got her open water certification in Mozambique. In 2018, Lisa and her fiance Bryan quit their jobs to travel for a year, and did as much diving as possible along the way (in French Polynesia, Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines). During this time, Lisa started playing around with taking GoPro video, and has enjoyed capturing the wonderful creatures they have met on their dives. You can find more of her videos on her Instagram (@lisa.gets.lost)

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The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


Sony a6400 4K underwater video featuring marine life of the Pacific Northwest
By Nirupam Nigam

Sony a6400 Underwater Video

Nirupam Nigam
Sony a6400 4K underwater video featuring marine life of the Pacific Northwest

When I first entered the chilly waters of Whidbey Island, Washington, Sony a6400 in hand, I had one mission above all else – to capture some 4K underwater video. I have to admit, I’m no Spielberg when it comes to videography. But the specs sheet for the Sony a6400 make it one of the top cameras for underwater video, and I was determined to see what I could do. I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

SUPPORT THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE:

The Best Service & Prices on u/w Photo Gear

 

Visit Bluewater Photo & Video for all your underwater photography and video gear. Click, or call the team at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 


The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


A quick but detailed guide on preparing your underwater photos for printing
By Jenna Szerlag

Preparing Photos For Print

Jenna Szerlag
A quick but detailed guide on preparing your underwater photos for printing