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.

Top 5 Big Animal Encounters
By Travis Ball, March 5, 2013
A Guide to the Best Big Animal Dives for Underwater Photographers
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Diving Underwater With Manatees
By Stanley Bysshe, February 26, 2013
A great guide for how, when, and where to photograph Manatees
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Olympus OM-D and PEN underwater settings
By Kelli Dickinson, February 25, 2013
A look at the best settings for macro and wide-angle underwater photography
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Dive Adventure: Grand Cayman
By Michael Zeigler, February 20, 2013
I recently made my second visit to Grand Cayman, this time with camera in tow. Sponges, wrecks, & sting rays were the highlights.
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Underwater Settings for the Sony RX 100
By Scott Gietler, February 13, 2013
Best underwater settings for underwater photography
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10 Tips for Fun Beach Diving
By Brent Durand, January 31, 2013
Great tips to consider for shore diving and special considerations for your camera
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California Sea Lions Nursing at Eureka Rigs
By Ron Watkins, January 22, 2013
Right place, right time leads to a great image capture at the SoCal Oil Rigs
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Raja Ampat on the Indo-Siren - massive fish report
By Scott Gietler, January 21, 2013
Photos and details from a Raja Ampat, Indonesia Indo-Siren trip in December 2012
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Our Favorite Dive Destinations, Part 1
By Travis Ball, January 17, 2013
An ongoing article list of our favorite places to dive
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Navigating the Kelp Forest Safely Underwater and
By Jonathan Lavan, January 15, 2013
Tips and tricks on how to get some great shots in the maze that is the kelp forest.
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Top 5 Settings To Improve Your Underwater Photos
By Scott Gietler, January 8, 2013
From shooting manual to checking your histogram, thinking about these settings will dramatically improve your underwater photography.
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Bali: A Diving Safari To "The Other Side"
By Victor Tang, January 3, 2013
Victor Tang visits an assortment of dive sites in Bali, Indonesia, by land.
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2013 Ocean Art Photo Competition
By Brent Durand, January 1, 2013
Announcing the 2013 Ocean Art Photo Competition, brought to you by the Underwater Photography Guide.
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Top 5 Tips for New Underwater Photographers
By Michael Zeigler, December 24, 2012
Improve your underwater photography by learning from these common mistakes made my new underwater photographers.
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Must Do Diving in Curacao
By Stanley Bysshe, December 13, 2012
The West End is a somewhat isolated, Macro heaven perfectly suited for underwater photographers.
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Top 5 Underwater Cameras for Christmas 2012
By Travis Ball, December 11, 2012
Our top 5 underwater camera recommendations that would make excellent Christmas gifts
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Knowing your Subject: its Habits, Habitat and
By Jonathan Lavan, November 21, 2012
How knowledge about your subject can increase your success rate with underwater photography
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Shooting Underwater with Big Cameras, Wide Lenses
By Matthew Meier, November 13, 2012
Shooting Underwater with Big Cameras, Wide Lenses and Large, Powerful Strobes
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Story Behind The Shot: Hatching Octopus
By Todd Winner, November 5, 2012
The story behind an image of hatching octopus, taken with a Canon 5D Mark III
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Best Micro-four lenses for underwater photography
By Scott Gietler, November 5, 2012
For the Olympus OM-D, E-PL3, E-PL5, Panasonic GX1, GF2 and more...
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Top 10 Tips for Amazing Portraits
By Michael Zeigler, November 5, 2012
We share our top ten tips for capturing amazing underwater portraits.
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From a dSLR to the OM-D E-M5 in Cozumel
By Jim Lyle, November 3, 2012
Taking My New Olympus OMD EM-5 Out For A Spin
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Sea of Cortez: Photo Workshop Trip Report
By Todd Winner, October 24, 2012
A report on Underwater Photography Guide's recent photo Whale Shark / Sea Lion trip to the Sea of Cortez, Mexico
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Get a Handle on your Housing
By Michael Zeigler, September 10, 2012
How to make a reliable rope handle for your underwater housing
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Diving Papua New Guinea, Part II: Macro
By Ron Watkins, August 31, 2012
Part II of Ron Watkin's incredible journey with macro, topside and cuttlefish photos
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Diving Papua New Guinea on the MV Febrina
By Ron Watkins, August 17, 2012
An underwater photographer's unique and spectacular experience diving in the PNG.
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Photographing A Perfect Sunburst
By Todd Winner, August 3, 2012
Tips and techniques for how, when, and where to get the best possible sunburst shot underwater.
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Underwater Photography On A Non-Diving Vacation
By Brent Durand, July 17, 2012
Don't leave your housing at home, take it with you and get some great shots on your next non-dive vacation!
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What I Learned On The Anilao Photo Workshop
By Nayan Savla, July 6, 2012
The little things I learned in Anilao that made a big difference in my underwater photography.
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The Hunt For The Pink Frogfish
By Mike Bartick, July 3, 2012
An extraordinary underwater adventure in Anilao with a lot of unique surprises along the way.
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Photographing Manatees
By Jo-Ann Wilkins, June 19, 2012
Where to find these magnificent "gentle giants" and how to get the best possible photos of them
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Anilao Shootout Winners - Part II
By Scott Gietler, June 15, 2012
Winners in dSLR and compact from the second leg of our incredible 2012 underwater photo workshop in Anilao, Philippines
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From Compact To dSLR: Preparing For The Switch
By Eddy Wong, June 10, 2012
An underwater photographer describes his evolution from shooting with compact to dSLR, with valuable tips and information
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Dive Adventure: Valparaiso, Chile
By Kevin Lee, June 1, 2012
Underwater photographer Kevin Lee finds adventure while stopping over on the southern Pacific coast of South America
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Anilao Shootout Winners - Part I
By Scott Gietler, May 25, 2012
The best photos taken on the first leg of our 2012 workshop to Anilao, Philippines, in dSLR and compact.
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Story Behind the Shot: Super Macro in Puget Sound
By Patricia Gunderson, May 24, 2012
Patricia Gunderson describes how she shot the super small critter that won her 1st Place "Super Macro" in our 2011 Ocean Art Contest.
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Trip Report: Tioman Island
By Victor Tang, May 7, 2012
Underwater photographer Victor Tang revisits his beloved Tioman Island, diving and exploring its remote and extraordinary outer islands.
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Story Behind the Shot: Frozen Fjord
By Lill Haugen, May 3, 2012
Lill Haugen, winner in the "Coldwater" category of our 2011 Ocean Art Contest, shares how she got her shot in the frozen waters of Norway.
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Learning Super Macro in Papua New Guinea
By Ron Watkins, May 1, 2012
How I discovered a whole new side to underwater photography while shooting the tiny critters in the depths of Papua New Guinea.
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Story Behind the Shot: The Hunting Leopard Seal
By Natalia Chervyakova, April 25, 2012
Natalia Chervyakova visits the Antarctic Peninsula to photograph the deadly leopard seal.
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