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.

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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Ten Amazing Photos You Can Take With A Fisheye
By Scott Gietler, March 27, 2013
Inspirational images & techniques for underwater photography with a fisheye lens
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Underwater Composition: Fill the Frame
By Scott Gietler, March 20, 2013
Part III in a great series of underwater composition tutorials
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Workflow Basics in Adobe Lightroom
By Brent Durand, March 12, 2013
Optimizing Lightroom Workflow for Underwater Photographers
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Olympus OM-D and PEN underwater settings
By Kelli Dickinson, February 25, 2013
A look at the best settings for macro and wide-angle underwater photography
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Underwater Settings for the Sony RX 100
By Scott Gietler, February 13, 2013
Best underwater settings for underwater photography
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10 Tips for Fun Beach Diving
By Brent Durand, January 31, 2013
Great tips to consider for shore diving and special considerations for your camera
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Top 5 Settings To Improve Your Underwater Photos
By Scott Gietler, January 8, 2013
From shooting manual to checking your histogram, thinking about these settings will dramatically improve your underwater photography.
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Top 5 Tips for New Underwater Photographers
By Michael Zeigler, December 24, 2012
Improve your underwater photography by learning from these common mistakes made my new underwater photographers.
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Top 5 Underwater Cameras for Christmas 2012
By Travis Ball, December 11, 2012
Our top 5 underwater camera recommendations that would make excellent Christmas gifts
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Shooting Underwater with Big Cameras, Wide Lenses
By Matthew Meier, November 13, 2012
Shooting Underwater with Big Cameras, Wide Lenses and Large, Powerful Strobes
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Best Micro-four lenses for underwater photography
By Scott Gietler, November 5, 2012
For the Olympus OM-D, E-PL3, E-PL5, Panasonic GX1, GF2 and more...
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Top 10 Tips for Amazing Portraits
By Michael Zeigler, November 5, 2012
We share our top ten tips for capturing amazing underwater portraits.
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Get a Handle on your Housing
By Michael Zeigler, September 10, 2012
How to make a reliable rope handle for your underwater housing
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Photographing A Perfect Sunburst
By Todd Winner, August 3, 2012
Tips and techniques for how, when, and where to get the best possible sunburst shot underwater.
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What I Learned On The Anilao Photo Workshop
By Nayan Savla, July 6, 2012
The little things I learned in Anilao that made a big difference in my underwater photography.
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From Compact To dSLR: Preparing For The Switch
By Eddy Wong, June 10, 2012
An underwater photographer describes his evolution from shooting with compact to dSLR, with valuable tips and information
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Learning Super Macro in Papua New Guinea
By Ron Watkins, May 1, 2012
How I discovered a whole new side to underwater photography while shooting the tiny critters in the depths of Papua New Guinea.
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Visualization to Realization
By Mike Bartick, April 9, 2012
Improve your underwater photography through visualization and learning to be more proactive than reactive.
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Underwater Pool Photography
By Ron Watkins, March 27, 2012
Use pool photography to hone your underwater photography skills, experiment and be creative!
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Wide-Angle Shots Underwater with Canon G12
By Victor Tang, March 15, 2012
Part II in a series: How to get a perfect wide-angle shot
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Taking Macro Shots Underwater with the Canon G12
By Victor Tang, March 8, 2012
Part I in a series about the Canon G12 compact camera: How to get a perfect macro shot
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Diagonal Underwater Composition
By Scott Gietler, February 29, 2012
This guide offers tips, tricks and instruction on how to take underwater photos with diagonal composition
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Utilizing Instant Recall Modes on your dSLR
By Michael Zeigler, February 23, 2012
Awesome photographic opportunities sometimes present themselves unexpectedly. Best be prepared by using your Instant Recall Modes!
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Keeping Your Digital Images Safe
By Todd Winner, January 31, 2012
Todd explains how to keep digital images and videos safe through backup hard drive storage.
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Face-on Composition
By Scott Gietler, October 3, 2011
Another great approach to your underwater composition. This is the first part in a series on underwater composition.
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Guide to underwater video with the Canon 7D
By Todd Winner, August 23, 2011
Guide to shooting underwater video with the Canon 7D or Canon T2i including settings, focusing and white balance
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Photographing Behavior Underwater
By Scott Gietler, August 15, 2011
Learn some photo tips that can help you get some incredible underwater behavior photos on your next trip.
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Using a Ring-Flash for Underwater Photography
By Bill Van Antwerp, August 8, 2011
An alternative to traditional underwater strobes for dSLR and compact cameras
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Photographing Underwater Textures & Designs
By Kevin Lee, August 4, 2011
Kevin Lee shares his amazing underwater images of the textures and designs created by Mother Nature.
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