Site Sponsors
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Underwater Photography the nex Frontier

  1. #1
    Subscriber Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    58
    Post Thanks / Like

    Underwater Photography the nex Frontier

    My girlfriend and I are traveling to Jamaica in August. I am going to be getting my feet wet for the first time snorkeling and attempting to do some underwater photography. I bought an IKELite housing which came with ports, a Canon Camera body, Lens, and some other accessories. Unless I find out my 5D or another body I have will fit the same housing, I will be using a film camera for my first outing.

    Does anyone have any Underwater experiences shooting either film or digital?

    This seems the next new Frontier in photography at least for me.

    Jason

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    NORCAL
    Posts
    304
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Underwater Photography the nex Frontier

    the obvious, make sure the seals are real clean and you fasten everything down correctly--seems like dumb advice, but i was working with one of the top pros in this area and he forgot a latch and ended up with a canon 1Ds mk11 FULL of water. oh, yeah there was a 14 mm on it too.

    i prefer digital since i can see the results and make sure the exposure is right--you are using lights,right?

  3. #3
    ddk
    Guest

    Re: Underwater Photography the nex Frontier

    Quote Originally Posted by fultonpics View Post
    the obvious, make sure the seals are real clean and you fasten everything down correctly--seems like dumb advice, but i was working with one of the top pros in this area and he forgot a latch and ended up with a canon 1Ds mk11 FULL of water. oh, yeah there was a 14 mm on it too.

    i prefer digital since i can see the results and make sure the exposure is right--you are using lights,right?
    He's only going snorkeling, he's not going to really need the bulk or the added headache of exposure with lights, unless he can dive really deep, but a first timer, doubtful.


    Jason, is the trip for two what you won courtesy of getdpi?

  4. #4
    Super Duper
    Senior Member
    Terry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    6,955
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    1145

    Re: Underwater Photography the nex Frontier

    I'm not an underwater photographer but from my readings there are a couple of important points. I don't know what the white balance should be but from what I understand that is one of the keys to getting good underwater results. The other is using a wider lens than what you think because of the way you see through water (things seem bigger).

  5. #5
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    32 31' 37.06" N, 111 6' 0.9" W
    Posts
    4,333
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Underwater Photography the nex Frontier

    I'm no underwater photography expert and have neverr taken a camera under water on purpose however I think that unless the sun is directly overhead and the water is clear you just might need some sort of lighting...at least that's what I've always seen on any National Geographic TV show.

    I also agree (for what its worth) about the wider lens.

    Suggest you go to a local dive shop and speak to them regarding this.

    Best of luck

    Don
    Don Libby
    Iron Creek Photography
    Blog
    Tucson AZ

  6. #6
    Administrator, Instructor Guy Mancuso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    23,623
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    2555

    Re: Underwater Photography the nex Frontier

    I think you are pretty good to about 12-20 ft to use just daylight as your balance but any deeper than you will start running cooler in temp. I snorkeled in the Cayman Islands several years ago and things worked out fine but getting any deeper than that you start running into more light and WB issues. Yes use a wide lens for sure. I would certainly shoot digital here to make any adjustments
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

    www.guymancusophotography.com

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    NORCAL
    Posts
    304
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Underwater Photography the nex Frontier

    ok, no expert here, but again if you are below just a few feet the light drops dramatically and the WB gets funky. I took this only 3 feet down (this is a Corbis shot, but i took it, so okay to post here for instructional usage). note the color drop off. this is in a pool with relatively clean water--the ocean is full of all sorts of goodies. anyway, if you shoot without lights, shoot digital and adjust accordingly. good luck!!

  8. #8
    Oxide Blu
    Guest

    Re: Underwater Photography the nex Frontier

    Quote Originally Posted by ddk View Post

    He's only going snorkeling, he's not going to really need the bulk or the added headache of exposure with lights, unless he can dive really deep, but a first timer, doubtful.

    The color red is complete gone at 12-ft deep -- 1/2 gone at 6-ft -- 1/4 gone at 3-ft. Yes, you need artificial lighting u/w for correct exposures, perhaps even more so with film. If you are floating at the surface and shooting something 6-ft under you, you won't have much red in the picture. I forget at what depth yellow is gone, it's next to go.

    And yes, I have a lot of u/w photography experience. It's not something that can be covered in a single thread.

    My recommendation is to start with protecting your equipment. Test it BEFORE you use it. Get a bucket of water, load up the housing and submerge it. Look for any water in the bottom of the housing, below the camera. My housings each had a 9v battery and small audio alarm. Two bare leads (+ and -) in the bottom of the housing, below the camera. One time I was at about 15ft on my way down and I heard the alarm -- surfaced and was able to fix the problem without any damage whatsoever to the camera or lens (Nikon). There was only a single drop of water in the house but that was enough to make contact between the two leads and sound the alarm. The problem was a piece of lent on a seal -- wicked sea water into the housing.

    ETA: the greatest change in water pressure occurs closest to the surface. The deeper you go, the less variation. It matter because you need to consider dynamic pressure on the housing seals, not static pressure.
    Last edited by Oxide Blu; 13th July 2009 at 18:10.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    NORCAL
    Posts
    304
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Underwater Photography the nex Frontier

    yeah, my comment above about a photographer losing a 1Ds Mk2 was in 6-7 feet of water--we were doing an international swim meet and using housings that we remote fired off the bottom of the pool---he simply forgot to tighten a latch all the way. I always check my seals before a gig and make sure they are clean and silicon'ed as required. whatever you do, Don't Use a Cheap Housing!! unless you want your insurance to replace your gear.....anyway, too much to worry about, just have fun.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •