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Mastering Underwater Photography - The combination of two great pastimes.

There are millions of keen divers in the world but not many have mastered Underwater Photography.

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When the going gets tough ...


"Video Trials Underwater"

Because I had taken many photos at this location before and because a sea plane flight meant that I was very restricted on weight allowance, I decided to take no more than a compact camera with me on my recent trip to the Maldives - the Olympus TOUGH.

My wife and I are very keen on snorkelling so I thought it might be fun to take a few shots underwater. As the TOUGH is waterproof to a depth well below our planned swimming, I put on the accessory wrist band which floats the camera to the surface in the event of a mishap and started taking some photos on our first outing.

The sea was quite choppy so it was difficult to hold the camera steady and my expectations of any decent sharp shots were low. However, we came across a sight which we had never seen before - octopuses mating. Once I had taken a few stills, I wondered how well the camera's video function would cope with the scene.

Not wishing to disturb the creatures in their activity, I stayed well clear at the surface and used the camera's zoom lens to record the scene. Despite considerable camera movement caused by the waves, I was very pleased with the camera's image stabilisation capability when I viewed the results during cocktails that evening.

I'm still working on the other images and clips taken on my holiday but thought I'd share this 2 minute show with you in case you are planning to take a similar trip. Also, I picked up some excellent tips and techniques on underwater photography by visiting here.
 

 

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Don't miss it ...


"Even a Mobile"

Do you always have a camera with you?

If you have a mobile phone with you, you probably do. Lynda did and she was able to capture this suberb photo :-

Image of the Month for March is by Lynda Sutton who photographed this landscape of the River Dee with her mobile phone. She was standing next to her husband Ron who shot the same scene with his DSLR, but the result was no better!

An incredible sunset to get red and silver/white in the same sky (plus the convenient swan!). This image has not been enhanced/Photoshopped in any way.


 

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DSLR Video - Shooting Videos on a DSLR Camera.

A step by step guide, looking at how to shoot great movies with your high definition DSLR Video Camera

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Camera Focus - Controlling the Lens to your Advantage

Focus of the Lens - How to take advantage of the lens' shape for better photographs with Depth of Field.

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Photography Exposure - What it means and why it is so important to get it right

Do your photographs always turn out just right or are they sometimes too light or too dark? Discover what photography exposure means and why it is so important to get it right.

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Photography Lighting - A Critical Element, though often forgotten

Photography Lighting - If there is one element that can make or break a photograph it is lighting and yet, it is often the least considered element, even if it is thought of at all.

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Photo Composition - What is in the picture and where it is

With photo composition, deciding what to include and where to place it can turn a snap shot into a better photograph.

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Photography Technique - How to take better photographs.

Learning and understanding the basics of how to set up the camera yourself actually takes you a long way towards improving your photography technique and therefore taking better photographs.

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Photography Books - A Selection of Good Buys

A selection of Photography Books which have helped our visitors take Better Photographs.

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Understanding Histograms - Getting perfect exposure on your shots.

One of the advantages of digital cameras is that you can check the exposure of the photos you have just taken. This is easily done using the camera's histograms.

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Snow Photography - How to take better photographs of snow.

Here are some snow photography tips to help make sure snow stays white and bright.

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Using a New Camera - Preparing your Thoughts.

Having chosen it you are possibly about to experience one of photography's more frustrating times; having to wait before using a new camera - well until it's delivered or you receive it, maybe as a Christmas gift, anyway. NOW is the best time to prepare for getting the most out of it ...

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Choosing a New Camera - Which is the Best for You.

When choosing a New Camera, it's the glass that matters most.

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The Colour Wheel - Understand it and your shots will improve instantly.

An understanding of the colour wheel has always been fundamental to photography. It's not surprising, given that colour is a crucial part of our world.

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The Sky - Taken for granted but offering limitless photo opportunities.

The Sky can function as the main subject of the shot, play a supportive role to a dominant foreground or act as an effective counterpart element.

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The Lake District - No other so exquisitely lovely, no other so charming.

The Lake District - Surely there is no other place in this whole wonderful world quite like Lakeland...no other so exquisitely lovely, no other so charming, no other that calls so insistently across a gulf of distance. All who truly love Lakeland are exiles when away from it.

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Learn Landscape Photography - Better Landscape Photography (Part 2).

This 'Learn Landscape Photography' masterclass assumes you have read what I covered in 'Better Landscape Photography' about the importance of light, particularly around dawn and sunrise, and takes it further.

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Better Landscape Photography - The importance of light.

Better Landscape Photography is wholly dependent on light. Here's how to make the best of a landscape in different light conditions.

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Landscape Photographs - Lovely shots whatever the weather.

Advice to help you achieve the finest landscape photographs whatever the weather - and you don't need an expensive camera to do it.

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