Basic Tips

General Tips

  • Keep your camera still when shooting

  • Shoot from the reef bottom whenever possible.

  • Squeeze the shutter, don’t punch it.

  • Exhale just before you shoot.

  • Keep your arms in, stabilize your elbows against your body.

  • Maintain slightly negative buoyancy if there is a surge.

  • In midwater, control your buoyancy with breathing only.

The easy recipe for holiday photographers

  • Use ISO 100

  • Set the camera to ‘A’ (Nikonos) or ‘Aperture priority’ (SLR)

  • Set the strobe on TTL

  • Set an aperture of :
    o f/11 between the surface to 10 m (33 ft)
    o f/8 between 10 and 20 m (33 and 65 ft)
    o f/5.6 or f/4 in water deeper than 20 m (65 ft)

  • Nikonos: preset focus for 90 cm (3 ft), with either a 35 mm or 28 mm lens and stay between that and 1.2 m (4 ft) away from the subject.

  • SLR: Prefocus 50mm lens for 90 cm (3 ft) and get this distance from your subject, then fine-tune focus.

  • Compose and shoot.

Maintenance of photographic equipment

  • Thoroughly rinse all equipment after each dive.

  • Leave them in fresh water for a few minutes if possible.

  • Spray an anti-saline liquid over all parts in order to eliminate traces of salt crystals.

  • Check all accessible O-rings at least once a day, carefully clean their seating and gently lubricate them to keep them soft and elastic.

  • Get your equipment checked by a specialist at least once a year.

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