Learn to capture sweeping underwater vistas with this deep dive into wide-angle underwater photography.
- Hi, this is Deke McClelland. - This is Hergen Spalink. - Welcome to our second course on the exciting world of underwater photography. Which is to say, the art of capturing great images while swimming, snorkeling, or in our case, scuba diving. - This time around, we're going to show you how to hone your skills for the unique challenges of underwater, wide-angle photography. Now, wide-angle subjects cover all manner of underwater creature, from schooling fish to sharks, turtles, and rays. We'll also show you how to capture the underwater environment itself, from the open ocean to the coral reef.
- I first met Hergen in Indonesia, which is home to some of the best and most varied dive locations on the planet. And I was just blown away by his work. Not only has Hergen made underwater photography his job for the last ten years, but he leads many underwater photography safaris for both amateurs and seasoned professionals alike. If you're interested in wide-angle underwater photography, this is the guy to learn it from. We're going to start things off with a look at what it means to shoot wide-angle underwater.
We'll see some breathtaking examples as captured by Hergen and his partner, Kerri Bingham. Then Hergen will offer some tips for how to best interact with the wildlife and your fellow divers. - [Hergen] Next, we'll take a deep dive into the world of wide-angle exposure, and how you adjust strobe power, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO with the help of in-camera histograms. And you'll learn how to capture both blended and contrasting underwater photographs. - [Deke] In chapter three, we'll provide you everything you need to know to expertly light your wide-angle scenes underwater.
We'll show, not tell, but show you how to position your strobes, avoid backscatter, and master the fine art of convergence. - [Hergen] We'll take a look at the elements of good composition, so you can make your underwater photos compelling and accessible, even to people who have no experience with snorkeling or diving. - [Deke] And we'll show you some exciting ways to distinguish your images from the rest of the pack, by capturing sunballs, rays of light, and over-unders. Plus, we'll take a look at close-focus wide-angle photography.
Whether you're an avid enthusiast like me, or a true professional like Hergen, underwater photography is an exciting, challenging, mind-expanding experience. It's like shooting on a different planet. - Here, let me show you exactly how it works.
- Wide-angle optics
- Blending and contrasting exposure
- Controlling exposure with aperture
- Lighting underwater
- Shooting on walls and slopes
- Composing underwater shots
- Capturing rays of sunlight
- Going in for close focus
- Post-processing in Lightroom