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Better – Better?

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When I started taking pictures underwater, I was immediately rewarded. I got some very nice images. Looking back, you’d almost laugh. I look at the new divers with their cameras and smile. They do not understand the learning curve. You come back with something. It’s digital. You get an image. It’s poorly framed and the color balance and …. It’s just not that easy. Then you get camera envy. A better camera will get you a better chance to get a better result. Dream on. There is a price for success. The best photographers have thousands of dollars invested. It comes down to controlling the light and getting what you want when you want it. Control. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t be successful with less. I have worked my way up. I’m using a more sophisticated set up than before. I would love to drive a Porsche but Toyota gets me there too.You look good getting there but what’s the point if you can’t drive the car fast anyway.

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Christmas tree worms – I used to struggle to get an image. Now I am so close up that I see the individual parts of the animal. Then I can concentrate on composition…. Yes, at a certain point it makes sense to upgrade. But equipment will only do so much. It comes down to the right tool for the right job. But you can still do the job, if you understand your tools. A friend of mine said that a screw driver is a hammer if you don’t have a hammer in your toolbox. Maybe. But it’s nice to have a hammer if you need one. These days my craftsmanship get me an image that requires little post production manipulation. Yes, somewhere along the way I got better.

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6 responses

  1. Your photos are always amazing. As someone that has a hand-me-down dive camera and is just starting out, I’m usually happy if I get a somewhat decently composed picture. Congrats on all your time and effort – it’s paid off!

    September 7, 2016 at 8:52 am

    • White balance at each depth. Light changes as you go down. And then use a fast shutter speed. 1/125 is good. Let the ISO be on auto if you are not using flash. Everything is moving underwater. You will need stop the motion. Use wide angle and move in closer. It takes practice. I have been lucky to have so many dives.

      September 7, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      • Thanks for the tips!!

        September 8, 2016 at 11:00 pm

  2. May I know what camera you use for your underwater shots? 🙂

    September 7, 2016 at 10:50 am

    • I have used point and shoot cameras. Canon S100, Canon G12. and right now Canon G7. It is all about knowing the camera, its capability, and its limits.

      September 7, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      • Thank you very much for the info. I haven’t considered waterproof cameras yet since I don’t deal with photography and water, but this is a good reference for me in the future in case I’m going to need one. =)

        September 7, 2016 at 12:29 pm

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