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.

When to Use GoPro Filters Underwater
By Brent Durand, May 21, 2015
Video Demo and Guide to Using GoPro Filters and Underwater Lights
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Macro Wide Open
By Mike Bartick, May 1, 2015
A Macro Photo Tutorial on Shallow Depth of Field
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The Quick Guide to Macro Composition
By Gaby Barathieu, April 8, 2015
Basic Tips and Advice to Help you Start Shooting Amazing Macro Images
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Photo Tips for Blackwater Diving
By Jeff Milisen, April 6, 2015
Tips for Amazing Pelagic Invertebrate Encounters and Capturing Jaw-Dropping Photos
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Olympus PEN E-PL5 Underwater Settings
By Kelli Dickinson, March 21, 2015
Best underwater settings for the Olympus PEN E-PL5 and previous PEN cameras.
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Essential Tips for Nudibranch Photography
By Mike Bartick, March 13, 2015
Best camera settings, anatomy guide and photo tips for shooting nudibranchs
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Canon 7D Mark II Best Settings for Underwater
By Brent Durand, February 25, 2015
A Review of the Best Settings and Lenses for Underwater Photo & Video
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How to Use In-Camera Image Overlays
By Francesco Pacienza, February 18, 2015
Pro Tips and Instructions for Creating Amazing Underwater Scenes from Two Images
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Guide to Shooting Striking Sunbursts
By Brent Durand, February 16, 2015
Tips, Techniques and Settings for Shooting Underwater Sunbursts
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Underwater Settings
By Kelli Dickinson, February 10, 2015
A look at the best settings for macro and wide-angle underwater photography
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Best Underwater Settings for the Olympus OM-D E-M1
By Kelli Dickinson, February 6, 2015
A look at the best settings for macro and wide-angle underwater photography
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Best Underwater Settings for the Olympus OM-D E-M5
By Kelli Dickinson, February 6, 2015
A look at the best settings for macro and wide-angle underwater photography
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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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