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.

Getting To Know Your Camera's Image Quality
By Jenna Szerlag, September 13, 2019
A guide to in-camera compression and its affects on image quality and storage
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How To Charge Your Sola Dive Light
By Jenna Szerlag, September 9, 2019
A quick guide to charging Light & Motion Sola Dive Lights with care and maintenance tips.
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Editing Video With GoPro Quik
By Jenna Szerlag, August 24, 2019
GoPro Quik Is A Simple, Free App To View, Edit, and Share Your Footage
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Olympus TG-5 and TG-6 Underwater Settings
By Nirupam Nigam, August 17, 2019
Best underwater settings for the Olympus TG-5 and TG-6
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Underwater Photography Technique: Envision Your
By Jenna Szerlag, August 8, 2019
How having a simple plan before the dive can help improve your underwater photography
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GoPro Macro Underwater Video: A Beginner's Guide
By Lisa Cristall, June 27, 2019
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...
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Sony a6400 Underwater Video
By Nirupam Nigam, June 19, 2019
Sony a6400 4K underwater video featuring marine life of the Pacific Northwest
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Preparing Photos For Print
By Jenna Szerlag, June 18, 2019
A quick but detailed guide on preparing your underwater photos for printing
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Beginner's Guide to GoPro for Underwater Video
By UWPG Staff, May 6, 2019
2019 Updated: Settings, Filters, Lights, Shooting Tips, Editing & more
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Making Underwater Photography Simple with the TG-5
By Sibylle Gerlinger, April 4, 2019
Lessons learned and great macro shooting using the compact but very capable Olympus TG-5.
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Lightroom Tutorial: Time-Saving Tips for Managing
By Bryan Chu, March 31, 2019
Time-saving tips for the time-consuming part of an underwater photographer's post-processing workflow.
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Top Underwater Cameras for Kids
By Nirupam Nigam, March 23, 2019
The top underwater photography and video gear for kids and young photographers
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Top Ten Tips for Nice Underwater Bokeh
By Nirupam Nigam, February 18, 2019
Every wondered how to get a nice bokeh (blur) in your underwater photos? Here are our top ten tips....
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7 Tips for Great Sea Lion Photos
By Nick Polanszky, September 17, 2018
Helpful tips and techniques from an expert sea lion photographer's experiences leading tours in the Sea of Cortez.
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Tips for Lighting Quick Critters with a Snoot
By Nirupam Nigam, August 24, 2018
A few tips to guide you on shooting subjects that are moving using a snoot
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Top 10 Tips for Photographing Eels and Eel-Like
By Nirupam Nigam, July 16, 2018
A few helpful tips on how to take awesome photos of eels and eel-like fishes
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Ambient Photography: An Artist’s Pursuit for the
By Jason Washington, July 2, 2018
Photographer Jason Washington divulges his technique for taking amazing ambient light underwater photography
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Tide Pool Fun with GoPro 6 Time Lapse Video
By Bryan Chu, June 25, 2018
Captivating time lapse videos of tide pools with active starfish and sea urchins
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Wide-Angle Photography in Low Light Conditions
By Nirupam Nigam, June 20, 2018
Tips for taking underwater wide-angle photos in low light and limited visibility
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Freediving Photography with the Olympus TG-5
By Pavol Ivanov, June 7, 2018
An introduction to underwater photography while freediving
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Are You Playing to Win or Playing Not to Lose?
By Bryan Chu, March 17, 2018
How shifting your mindset can significantly improve your underwater photography
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Ice and Altitude Diving (with bonus crayfish)
By Aaron Halstead, February 26, 2018
Cold water diving the mountain lakes of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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Sony A7R III 4K Underwater Video
By Nirupam Nigam, February 9, 2018
Mating Squid Captured in 4K Definition!
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Mermaids and Underwater Fashion Photography
By Chiara Salomoni, January 25, 2018
When art meets technique and mythology inspires conservation
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The Art of Blackwater Photography
By Mike Bartick, January 9, 2018
An Expert's Perspective on a Newly Emerging Art Form
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Master Class Tutorial - Great Mandarin Fish Photos
By Scott Gietler, November 25, 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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