Underwater Photography Articles & Tutorials

Underwater Photo Tutorials

This section is devoted to sharing the best photo tutorials, techniques and tips for all types of underwater photography. We cover wide-angle, macro, supermacro, behavior, composition, different shooting conditions, shooting with specific gear and much more.

At UWPG we constantly publish new articles on all aspects of underwater photography and video. We cover macro, wide-angle, dive destinations, gear reviews, tutorials and techniques, post-processing, marine life, photo essays, dive adventures, dive travel tips and other useful info for underwater photography.

GoPro Underwater Housing and Mount Tips
By Brent Durand, February 5, 2015
An overview of GoPro mounting options on trays, handles and poles, with additional tips on housing maintenance
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Tips to Create Striking Ambient Light Photos
By Christina & Eusebio Saenz de Santamaria, January 27, 2015
5 Elements you Must Incorporate into your Ambient Light Photos
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Macro Methods: Sharp Eyes and Nice Bokeh
By Brent Durand, January 13, 2015
A Tutorial on Capturing Sharp Eyes and Nice Bokeh in your Underwater Photos
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It's All in the Flash
By Mike Bartick, January 7, 2015
How to Capture Fast-Action Flashing & Attention-Drawing Behavior Underwater
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Must-Have GoPro Accessories Video
By Scott Gietler, December 19, 2014
All the Essentials you Need for Underwater Video with your GoPro
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Shooting with a Dive Model
By Brent Durand, December 15, 2014
Tips on how to Shoot Photos with a Dive Model or Dive Buddy in the Scene
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Shooting Stills with the Panasonic GH4
By Xander Water, December 4, 2014
The GH4 is known for 4K Video, but Let's Look at its Still Photo Capabilities
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Underwater Settings for the Canon 5D Mark III
By Brent Durand, December 2, 2014
Settings for Shooting Wide-Angle and Macro with the Canon 5D Mark III DSLR
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The Big Picture: Shooting Reefscapes
By Brent Durand, December 2, 2014
How to Shoot Dynamic Reefscapes and Add Color to your Portfolio
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New Technique: Shooting Blind
By Scott Gietler, November 13, 2014
Capture the Shots you Never Could with this Innovative Technique
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Underwater Settings for Sony RX100 II & III & IV &
By Brent Durand, November 4, 2014
Best Settings for Macro and Wide-Angle Underwater Photo and Video
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Whale Shark Photo & Video Tips
By Brent Durand (text), Scott Gietler & Vijay Raman (photos), October 28, 2014
Whale Shark underwater photo & video tips, techniques and best settings for DSLR, Mirrorless, Compact and GoPro cameras.
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10 Essential Ambient Light U/W Photo Tips
By Scott Gietler, October 13, 2014
Ten Shooting Techniques you Need to Know When Shooting Without Strobes
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3 Quick Tips for Dive Buddy Photos
By Brent Durand, August 18, 2014
Diver in Scene Photo Essay written on Location in Tulamben, Bali
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Tips to Capture Amazing Freshwater Images
By Eiko Jones, July 10, 2014
Expand Your Portfolio with these Tips for Shooting in Rivers, Lakes & Streams
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Take Your Photography to the Next Level
By Brent Durand, July 7, 2014
3 Essential Camera Settings for Shooting Underwater
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Pelagic Fish Photography
By Craig Dietrich, May 10, 2014
Tips to Capture Incredible Schooling Fish Photos
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A Photographer's Guide to Muck Diving
By Mike Bartick, April 21, 2014
The Essentials of Muck Dive Photography
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Shooting with a Single Strobe
By Brent Durand, April 15, 2014
Tips for Strobe Positioning, Power Settings and General Shooting
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Shooting Underwater Panoramas
By Rico Besserdich, April 9, 2014
Advanced Technique: Capture Wide Underwater Vistas
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Tips for Dive Model Photography
By Christina & Eusebio Saenz de Santamaria, March 31, 2014
Photographing an Underwater Dive Model Made Easy
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5 Reasons to go Mirrorless
By Matt Krumins, March 26, 2014
Is a Mirrorless Camera Right for You?
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Tips for Artistic Macro Shooting
By Rico Besserdich, March 10, 2014
Thinking Outside the Box to Capture Stunning Macro Detail
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Top 5 Shooting Tips for Underwater Snoots
By Matt Krumins, February 13, 2014
Creating Artistic Photos with Narrow Beams of Light
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Shooting Fast Action Underwater
By Todd Winner, January 29, 2014
Tips for Capturing the Moment of Peak Action
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Shallow Depth of Field Underwater
By Victor Tang, January 23, 2014
Settings, Shooting Tips, Composition, Focusing & More
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Stunning Super Macro with Diopters
By Victor Tang, January 5, 2014
Stacking Diopters: A Guide for Compact and DSLR Cameras
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Essential Drift Diving Photo Tips
By Brent Durand, December 19, 2013
Maximize Photo Opportunities and Capture Great Shots on your Next Dive
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Fascinating Fluoro Photography
By Mike Bartick, November 22, 2013
Amazing Photos & the Essentials for Great Fluoro Diving
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The Secrets of Shooting Amazing Patterns
By Christian Skauge, November 18, 2013
Few things are more intriguing than some of the out-of-this-world patterns one encounters under the water. Here are some tips to capture mesmerizing underwater graphics.
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The Ultimate Guide to Shooting Wrecks
By Todd Winner, October 29, 2013
Tips and Tricks to Bring your Wreck Photos to the Next Level
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Easy Ways to Eliminate Backscatter in your Photos
By Brent Durand, October 10, 2013
The Secret to Backscatter-Free Photos
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5 Best Underwater Video Editing Tips
By Anastasia Laity, September 24, 2013
Use these tips to turn your home movies into professional-quality underwater videos!
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10 Tips for Shooting Underwater Video
By Anastasia Laity, September 19, 2013
Tips you Need to Know when Shooting and Editing Video
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5 Photos you Need in your Portfolio
By Christian Skauge, September 9, 2013
Essential Tips for Building you Underwater Photo Portfolio
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5 Tips for Awesome Over-Under Shots
By Brent Durand, August 15, 2013
Master Split-Shots with these Easy Techniques
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The Breakdown on Back Button Focus
By Todd Winner, July 10, 2013
The Secret to Sharp Focus on Fast-Moving Subjects
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How to Use the Zoom-Effect Underwater
By Lill Haugen, June 12, 2013
Add some Speed and Action to your Images with a Creative Zoom-Effect
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5 Tips for Underwater Photography at Night
By Craig Dietrich, June 5, 2013
Maximize Photo Opportunities on your Next Night Dive
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Advanced Strobe Techniques - Backlighting
By Ridlon Kiphart, May 7, 2013
Make your subjects POP using Backlighting
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