Few experiences can compare to open water dive adventures. The underwater realm is home to such spectacular fauna and flora, a symphony of colour and sound that will leave you in awe and get you hooked on becoming a frequent diver. There are so many beautiful locations to visit including Kinabatangan river cruise tour. You will feel compelled to make a record of this spectacular world, and will need a camera. Let’s see some of the available options, so that you can understand what kit to look for to record your dives.
Would You Rather Rent Or Buy Your Camera?
There are several good reasons why you may prefer to have your own camera rather than rent one when you need it. For instance, you may be a frequent diver or snorkeler. Perhaps you want to improve your diving skill and you need to document your progress. Or maybe you want to come back from your family diving holiday with unforgettable memories. Either way, if you want to enjoy the flexibility of doing your own thing, you’ll have to purchase a kit.
A good example of high-end camera that’s suitable for underwater photography is the £620 Olympus Tough! TG-5 with waterproof housing. Although pricey, this camera is waterproof to 45 metres and it boasts enhanced colour processing abilities and effective noise control. Tough and durable, this can be one of the best options, provided that you don’t mind shedding this kind of money.
The Nikon Coolpix W300 is perhaps the best option in the mid-range segment of waterproof cameras. It will set you back about £390 but it will do a great job at providing you with the great shots you’re after. This camera is one of our top rental choices, thanks to its great zoom range and high-quality monitor.
If you don’t feel like spending too much on your camera but you still want to have your own, take a closer look at Fujifilm FinePix XP130. This camera costs only £99 and it is waterproof up to 20 metres. Chances are you are never going to dive deeper than this, so it could be the ideal camera to make great memories from your family diving holiday.
Now that you have your camera, how are you going to capture those exciting moments of your dive? Learning how to use your camera is a must, as that is the only way you will be able to capture memorable shots to be proud of. For best results, you must take time to learn and practice the basic photography techniques.
Dive Practice Makes Perfect
Optimising your images will require you to master your buoyancy and diving techniques. The perfect control of your diving process will enable you to focus on camera settings and subject framing. This is why we only allow PADI Open Water Diver qualified to enrol into our PADI Digital Underwater Photography course as a diver. If you do not have this qualification, we welcome you to take our course as a snorkeler.
Natural light will be sufficient to take great images only at shallow depths. You will need to ensure you get as close to the subject as possible, but without disturbing it. For deep water images, you may need a flash or a strobe. Use one by all means, but be careful not to affect with the surrounding habitat.
Your images will display beautiful colour only if you learn the correct way to use the light. Your camera will allow for white balance adjustment, as that will enable you to control blue hues. You will need this feature for capturing great images at depth. An ultra wide lens featuring a low aperture will allow you to have both your subject and the surrounding habitat in focus. As for the colour, you can correct it during the editing stage.
Editing Your Images
The editing process can make your images look professional. You can correct colours, sharpen contours and crop scenes. Once you complete our Level 2 PADI Digital Underwater Photography course, we will send you all your photos, so that you can try your hand at editing.