Dive In!

January 20, 2010

Photo Tips

Hey Gang,

You’ll find lots of tech talk here on DPE. I provide some of it :-)

Today, I thought I’d take a break from tech talk and share with you some fun shots and scuba diving tips from my underwater adventures in the Caribbean. Enjoy!

If you have tech questions on underwater photography, shoot me at email at email hidden; JavaScript is required. As I write this, I am planning to get a housing for my Canon 5D or 7D – with a flat port for my macro lens and dome port for my wide-angle lens. Will be fun diving digitally! Any divers out there?

Glub, glub.

Opening Image: Atlantic bottlenose dolphin

You can dive with the dolphins in many locations throughout the Caribbean. When diving or snorkeling, keep in mind that as tame as these animals may seem, they are still basically wild animals. Follow your guide’s instructions very carefully. It’s best not to touch and pet.

Spotted moray eel

Don’t get freaked out when you see this animal with jaws agape. It’s only breathing. It is relatively harmless.

Coral Castles

Coral cities encrust the reefs, shipwrecks and underwater pilings in the Caribbean. Please protect these living animals by following the “hands off” approach.

Green moray eel

Want to find and photograph cool underwater animals? Stick like glue to your dive guide. Most animals don’t move far from their lair, and a good guide knows to spot and find them.

Diver with a fish ID card

Make your underwater exploration more fun! Get a fish ID card and learn the names of the fishes and corals.

Record your memories

Underwater still and video cameras are expensive. Most dive shops rent basic cameras for recording your underwater adventures. If you don’t want to rent, ask if a video or a set of stills is available from your dive.

Manta ray

Manta rays fly through the water gracefully. If you swim fast and try to get a closer look, they will fly away quickly. You best bet at cool underwater encounters is to move slowly and gently through the water – like a manta ray.

Night Dive

Diving at night is cool time to explore the reef, because many reef fishes are sleeping. Here a parrotfish as excreted a mucus cocoon to hide it from predators.

Use Your “Small Eyes”

Exploring a coral reef can be overwhelming, because of it’s great expanse. While diving, also use your “small eyes” and look for the reef’s smaller inhabitants, such as this sea horse.

Best time to dive

The best times to dive are early morning and later afternoon. That’s when the light is best and when there is more action on the reef.

Be prepared

You never know what you’ll see underwater. Keep looking around in all directions so you don’t miss out on the fun.

Final thought: take only pictures. Please.


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- who has written 171 posts on The Digital Photo Experience.

Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon has published 36 books, including Exploring the Light and Digital Photography Secrets.

When asked about his photo specialty, Rick says, “My specialty is not specializing.”

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3 Responses to “Dive In!”

  1. Alan Says:

    I have been dive certified for many years but have not taken the next step to photographing my underwater adventures. Seeing your images makes we want to get back in the water asap.


  2. Soren Hedberg Says:

    Hey Rick, can’t wait to see the camera housings for underwater shooting, please make a post or video showing it off when you get it!


  3. Darrin Says:

    I love these photos. You have captured the expressions on the animals perfectly.


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