Buying underwater photography gear from the secondhand market is an absolute minefield. There are some amazing bargains to be had but for every one of those there’s often two or three turkeys that you need to steer clear of.
Taking pictures and video while diving has become increasingly popular since the advent of digital cameras. But the camera market has also become more and more complex with numerous pitfalls for would be underwater photographers. In this blog I'm going to clarify a number of the factors that make some cameras better for underwater photography than others.
When speaking about underwater photography to diving clubs in the UK I often get asked whether the things I talk about apply to GoPros. The basic underwater photography techniques are very relevant to using an action camera, but I thought it would be good to put my money where mouth is and do some still photography with a GoPro on my latest trip to Egypt.
In my previous blog I looked at what accessories can be added to your Olympus TG5 to enhance its performance. Now I’m going to talk about what settings I used and what techniques worked for me.
When starting out taking a camera underwater, you are adding an additional task load to your diving. Because of this setting the camera to Auto and just taking snaps to start off with isn't necessarily a bad thing. But what you'll find is that often your pictures won't look as good as you'd like them to.