4.4 Independent Project Four - ericwestland
Scott Landwehr

Scott Landwehr

4.4 Independent Project (Underwater)
Underwater photography is very challenging. I thought I would show very different kinds of photography in these independent projects. It is a hard environment to have control of the camera. You have current, waves, spiny things, thing that can take a bite out of you, loss of color the deeper you go, trying to hold still and trying to change camera setting without drowning or getting the bends. But very often the best part of the Caribbean Sea is underwater. I love to scuba and free dive, so as a photographer it’s natural to take a camera with me where ever I go. There is such beauty and peace under the water. I can spend many hours just puttering around in the water. I love interacting with all the creatures in the ocean. I am always surprised. From small to large. The photo of the whale shark I knew I could never get in one shot so stayed in one spot and tock multiple images as he swam away. I knew I could photo-merge the images into a panoramic later. All the images need a lot of editing later because different light wavelengths are filtered out the deeper you go.

I know my images are not as good as I would like and am limited with a point and shoot. I love the challenge. To get a good image shoot shallow. If you have no flash, get at the same depth or parallel or a low angle with your subject. If you do have a flash, remember most point and shoots’ flash only travel 15 feet above water but in water it’s about half that distance. I started out with disposable underwater film point and shoots, but you can now get a version in a digital.

Check out some YouTube videos.

Photoshop tutorial: Correcting an underwater photograph | lynda.com

Martin Edge's Underwater Photo Tips.mov

Underwater Photography Tips For Beginners

Underwater Photography - Point & Shoot - Ep 1/5

(Edited by Eric Westland - original submission Saturday, 24 June 2017, 10:33 AM)