asked: May I just say first that I love your blog and your pictures! They are amazing! But anyways, I am a also scuba diver and I have been diving for about a year now. I just recently got into taking underwater pictures. I have a go pro but the quality of the video and pictures isn't all that great. I was wondering what camera you use and if you have any tips on taking pictures? It would help tremendously! Thanks!!
Thanks so much!
I started off with a GoPro and you can see a clear evolution of my picture quality from the beginning of my blog until now. The thing with the GoPro is that you can get great video and picture but everything ends up looking so much further away than it really is. You also really need a red filter when diving to add back the colour. Once I wanted more artistic shots I had to get my camera right into the faces of animals to make it look like I was actually near them, which is hard because most tend to be so shy!
When I was tired of that I wanted to move on to really clear close up shots of animals. I got the Olympus XZ-2 because… It was on sale lol. But it was really good quality camera! and I was able to get a macro lens as well to get nice close ups. I don’t have a strobe YET. But it is definitely on my list. I am still getting used to just adjusting the camera settings. I shoot in manual and I am constantly adjusting my shutter speed and aperture. Usually I have a high shutter and low aperture since I am either moving in the current or I am taking a picture of something moving a lot. It allows me to get a clear shot with little blur but only focuses on my main subject. Once I have a strobe I will be better able to adjust my aperture without losing brightness.
And that was the main difference between the GoPro and a real camera- You have to adjust the settings. But it is just part of growing in your skill. Once you feel you have mastered one level you move on up :)
I hope this helps and happy picture taking!