Wide-Angle Lighting Techniques

Wide-angle photography captures good color and resolution when underwater. But the optimal use of a wide-angle lens is dependent on placement. Read more about wide-angle underwater photography.

Several humpback whales swarm near each other

Shooting in a Turbid Environment

Turbid water can be a challenging environment for underwater photographers, particularly when shooting wide angle. Turbid water may not appear brown or green from the surface — in many cases the water looks entirely different once we drop in and begin the dive. All water is turbid to some degree. Understanding what causes turbidity and knowing how to work around it can make a world of difference when shooting in those conditions. One of the best skills a photographer can develop, particularly for shooting wide angle, is learning how to read water quality.

Keyhole compositions work well for eliminating the chance of backscatter.

Shooter: Kurt Amsler

Kurt Amsler has been shooting underwater for nearly 60 starts — first using a converted soccer ball to house a camera. Learn more about his inspiration for photos and how he got into scuba diving.

A black-and-white photo of Kurt Amsler as he pops up out of the water holding an old camera

Shooter: Alex Mustard

Alex Mustard, Ph.D., is among the first prominent underwater photographers to come of age during the digital era. He’s a marine scientist.

Two yellow fish snuggle close together

Give Your Images the Competitive Edge

Photo competitions can be great tools to assess your photography skills. Read more about how to find and enter into photo competitions.

Morose lionfish stares at camera

Ocean Views 2018: A Sweet Spot in Time

As part of the 2018 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards annual competition, the Ocean Views category honors those photographers whose skill and creative vision have captured a frozen moment in time that can bring attention to both the bounty and fragility of the marine ecosystems found in and near our underwater world.

An extreme close-up view of the eye of a gray whale

The Big Little

Old macro photography techniques made it hard to go beyond 1:1 ratios. New tools have made supermacro photography readily accessible. This makes it incredibly easy to capture tiny ocean critters in bigger-than-life images.

A close-up of orange clownfish embryos looks very creepy. The embryos look like "The Scream" and the eyes are very beady

Underwater Video with DSLRs

Digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) offer excellent video quality for the price and are a useful one-camera travel solution. But divers interested in shooting video should be aware of some compromises and challenges to motion-image capture that exist with DSLRs.

Diver approaches pink coral with a giant camera

Shooter: Ernest H. Brooks II

Underwater photographer Ernest H. Brooks II is a master in black-and-white photography. Read more about Brooks’ photography career and inspiration.

Black-and-white image of a harbor seal in kelp