With the advent of more accessible gear and powerful postprocessing tools, underwater photography has a new lease on life. Here are eight shooters who prove that shooting in the deep isn’t only about fish and turtles.
The Right View
Poby, the New-York-based sports, advertising, and corporate photographer who made the image here says: “Because there’s no such thing as underwater Polaroids,” pick a camera that offers easily viewed previews. This means a large LCD screen with quick scrolling and zoom features.
“Even though the camera and underwater housing can be heavy on dry land, once you submerge the rig it can almost become a flotation device,” says photographer Scott Galvin. “I usually put about six to eight pounds of weights on a waist belt to help offset the bouyancy and keep me submerged.”
David Hofmann recommends that your first underwater camera should be something small and maneuverable. “Bigger housings are actually huge, producing a good deal of unwieldy drag in the water,” he says. Start with a submersible compact or a larger camera for which there’s a compact housing.
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