Documenting the wonders of marine life, taking picture of diving friends or immortalising your holidays. All underwater with the help of diving equipment and a camera. Getting a good photo requires practice, critique and effort.
Underwater photography is, from a logistics point of view, a big challenge. Special equipment is needed and the amount of time you have to work is very limited, but it is highly gratifying. Photographers reveal a part of the world that many people do not get the chance to see, and they do so using the same principles of composition and lighting as those who work on land.
Getting started in the world of underwater photography is not so difficult. Nevertheless, diving with a camera in your hands makes tasks as simple as emptying your mask or controlling the gauge more difficult. Thus, it is recommended that one have an acceptable level of training in the different diving techniques (especially floatability and stress control) before getting into underwater photography.
The results of the first dives are generally disappointing, compared with one’s expectations. Taking a picture with a compact camera out of the water is more or less easy. Underwater, one can be satisfied if something comes out focused.
There are very affordable cameras on the market for working underwater, which can be used in depths of up to five metres. Many are single-use cameras and designed to be used at the beach or in shallow reefs.
The scuba diving school Dofí Blau (in L’Estartit, Girona) gives underwater photography courses. The course is divided into an introduction to underwater digital photography and advanced training. They are theoretical and practical, and include two dives at the Les Illes Medes Natural Park.