Keep your camera
still when shooting
Shoot from the reef
bottom whenever possible.
Squeeze the shutter,
don’t punch it.
Exhale just before
Keep your arms in,
stabilize your elbows against your body.
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
Set an aperture of :
f/11 between the surface to 10 m (33 ft)
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
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.