Colourful fish, wrecks, long moray eels and eels, wide-stretching coral reefs, caves and rocks – all of this under water at hand. One would like to stop these views for longer. Good news – you can do it. The bad news – it is not easy to do. No matter what equipment to take photographs under water we possess, we need to know a few rules.


First of all you need to know what is to be the subject of each photo. Taking shots blindly – only to take more shots – just does not make any sense. Under water it is more difficult to find a good picture because you have to swim as close as possible, and yet some animals are very skittish. You cannot jump it, because a photograph taken from a distance will be blurred. Therefore – if the image is to be reef, it is best to take a photo of its fragment with the visible details. If we have a wreck in front of us, we need to swim as close as possible and apply wide-angle lens. Very interesting are macro pictures, which are made of very small objects, for example, shellfish.

Light and colours

Lighting plays in each photograph a key role. Under water it is difficult to get a good picture only with natural light, except that we are not very deep and we are fortunate that the place is well-lit. If you dive to the depth of more than 3m., then you need to use the lamp. Artificial light is essential to give vivid, interesting colours. Otherwise, everything will have a blue tint and will be blurred.

Technical processing

Even if not everything went perfectly – and mostly just so happens – it is not all lost. All sorts of programs of graphic processing will come with the help. Even with low skills you can quickly and independently learn how to crop the image, improve contrast, and adjust brightness and balance of white.