How to Create Awe-Inspiring Underwater Photos


More and more people want to bring their cameras into the water. Some just want snapshots in the family pool, while others want to document the underwater world for magazines, books and the Internet. Join underwater photographers Larry Cohen and Mike Rothschild as they talk about using cameras underwater. They examine simple Point-and-Shoot systems as well as sophisticated systems for DSLR cameras.

Mike focuses on the history and basic principles of underwater video. He discusses the current generation of equipment for video capture—both point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. The minutiae of underwater housings, lighting, filters, and options for post-processing are also highlighted.

Larry explains key techniques for photographing many different subjects bellow the surface. Not only does he focus on reef fish; he also discusses shooting under piers, in and around shipwrecks, and how to approach and photograph underwater caves. He shows images that he has created while diving in many seas around the world, everywhere from the warm blue waters of the Caribbean and Red Sea to the cold, crystal-clear green waters of the California Channel Islands and Alaska.

This introduction answers many questions about how to achieve great underwater imagery, useful for casual vacationers or seasoned scuba enthusiasts who desire to document their adventures beneath the sea. Larry and Mike are well-known experts, and this is your chance to learn about housings, cameras, strobes and all the gear you need to dive into underwater photography.