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.

Best GoPro Hero 7 and 8 Underwater Settings
By Jenna Szerlag, April 1, 2020
A guide to GoPro's best settings for underwater video, time lapse and time warp
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The Top Ten Underwater Video Cameras
By Robert Bailey, March 31, 2020
The Ten Best Cameras for the Underwater Videographer
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Top Ten Underwater Cameras
By Robert Bailey, March 23, 2020
A list of the top ten best cameras for underwater photography
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How to convert images to black & white
By Robert Bailey, March 18, 2020
Converting images to black & white using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Silver Efex Pro 2
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Full Frame vs Cropped Sensors
By Robert Bailey, March 6, 2020
The Advantages and Drawbacks of Full Frame vs Cropped Sensors
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Beginner's Guide to GoPro for Underwater Video
By UWPG Staff, January 31, 2020
2020 Updated: Settings, Filters, Lights, Shooting Tips, Editing & more
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When Auto is Better than Manual - S and A Modes
By Bryan Chu, December 26, 2019
Manual is usually the best mode for underwater photography. However, there are certain situations where using semi automatic modes works better. This articles breaks down when to use them and which one is best.
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The Easiest Underwater Fluorescence Photography
By Nirupam Nigam, December 15, 2019
The Olympus TG-6 and Ikelite fluorescence kit is the easiest way to get started taking underwater fluorescence photographs
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Snoot Mounting for Easy Macro Photography
By Ze'ev Kirshenboim, December 13, 2019
The Wolf* Snoot Mounting Method Eliminates Most Technical Difficulties
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Olympus TG-6 Wide Angle Photography: FCON-T02
By Nirupam Nigam, November 30, 2019
The Olympus FCON-T02 Fisheye Lens and Ikelite housing is the perfect wide angle underwater combination for the Olympus TG-6 compact camera!
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Diving Cabilao, Bohol: A Wall Diving Underwater
By Bryan Chu, November 9, 2019
Exploring a quiet, off-the-beaten-track Philippines dive destination, with beautiful wide angle scenery and some nice macro
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Macro Lenses For Underwater Photography
By Jenna Szerlag, October 15, 2019
A guide to macro lenses and close up wet lenses available for underwater photography
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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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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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