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.

2019 Ocean Art Contest Winners
By UWPG News, January 12, 2020
Winning Images from the prestigious 8th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
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Ocean Art Photo Competition 2019 Judges Comments
By Ocean Art Judges, January 11, 2020
The Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition is one of the most prestigious underwater photo contests ...
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Baja Underwater: Where Desert Sun Meets Blue Sea
By Nirupam Nigam, January 4, 2020
Sea lions, whale sharks, and mobula rays during our underwater photo workshop to La Paz in heart of Baja California
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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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Diving on the Socorro Vortex
By Nirupam Nigam, November 4, 2019
Our adventure on the Socorro Vortex was awash with good people, good food, ample amounts of adventure, and great white sharks
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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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Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic
By Bryan Chu, October 10, 2019
An in-depth comparison of Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic for editing underwater photos
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Diving Malapascua – Beyond the Thresher Sharks
By Bryan Chu, September 25, 2019
A photographer’s guide to the best macro and wide angle shooting in Malapascua, beyond the world-famous thresher sharks
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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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Black Backgrounds and Strobe Techniques
By Bryan Chu, September 7, 2019
Inward-facing strobe positioning is a technique which allows you to take many more black background macro shots than you could just using standard forward-facing strobes. It is simple in theory but surprisingly difficult to master underwater.
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Diving Tulamben, Bali: Macro, Wide and Wreck!
By Bryan Chu, August 28, 2019
Tulamben, Bali - a fantastic dive destination for all types of underwater photography!
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Diving Komodo, Indonesia
By Bryan Chu, August 28, 2019
Komodo is a world-class dive destination, with amazingly healthy reefs bursting with colors, and huge schools of fish. However, unlike some of its peers, it can be dived on a budget!
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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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Color Space, Color Profiles, and Color Management
By Jenna Szerlag, August 12, 2019
How Color Space and Color Profiles Impact Underwater Photography
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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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How to Remove Backscatter Quickly & Easily with
By Bryan Chu, August 7, 2019
A step by step guide/tutorial to using Photoshop to remove large amounts of backscatter quickly and efficiently
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Green Sea Turtles
By Jenna Szerlag, August 2, 2019
Green Sea Turtles: Getting to know the world's largest sea turtles
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Swimming with Crocodiles in Banco Chinchorro
By Christina Barringer, July 22, 2019
A thrilling, adrenaline-packed experience swimming with and photographing wild crocodiles in Banco Chinchorro, Mexico
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Diving Nusa Penida, Bali
By Bryan Chu, July 16, 2019
Nusa Penida and Lembongan are world-class diving destinations with phenomenal encounters with mantas, turtles, and octopus, as well as beautiful drift dives along pristine reefs, and mola mola during mola season.
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An Unforgettable Octopus Encounter
By Bryan Chu, July 16, 2019
An Octopus displays its wide range of camouflage techniques in his garden under the sea...
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Plastic Pollution: What You Can Do to Save Our
By Nirupam Nigam, July 9, 2019
When it comes to the marine plastic pollution crisis, all hope is not lost! There are things you can do now...
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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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Removing Backscatter with Photoshop’s Content
By Jenna Szerlag, June 18, 2019
A step by step guide to removing backscatter from your photos without compromising photo quality
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Vortex: The Full Ride
By Ana Paula Álvarez , May 15, 2019
The first stories and photos from the Socorro Vortex
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ProRes RAW Now Possible with Nikon Z6/Z7
By Nirupam Nigam, May 8, 2019
Nikon Opens the Doors to ProRes RAW Video Recording in a Partnership with Atomos and the Nikon Z6 and Z7
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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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Cephalopods of Okinawa, Japan
By Brandon Hannan, May 1, 2019
Okinawa, Japan has lots of great critters to photograph - especially Cephalopods.
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Coral Reefs Now More Resistant to Ocean Warming
By Reef Check, April 17, 2019
20 years of Reef Check data finds that corals now can withstand higher temperatures before bleaching than they could a decade ago.
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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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Socorro 2019 Trip Recap
By Scott Gietler, April 2, 2019
Recounting an Epic Socorro Photo & Video trip in March of 2019
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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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Duncan Murrell: The Story of a Whaleman and his
By Nirupam Nigam, March 29, 2019
Renowned conservation photographer, Duncan Murrell, reflects on a life time of chasing whales, whale sharks, and the heart of conservation issues
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