Underwater photography is the process of taking photographs while the subject and the photographer are submerged in water. It is usually done while scuba diving, but can be done while diving on surface supply, swimming, from a remotely operated underwater vehicle, or from automated cameras lowered from the surface.
It is important for those photographers to be prepared. Underwater photography requires the use of special equipment, and it is important to understand those requirements.
One option for underwater photographers is the purchase of a special waterproof camera. Most major camera manufacturers make at least a few models from their catalogue that are designed for underwater use.
The other option for underwater photography is to simply place an existing film or digital camera into a watertight housing. Using a watertight housing carries a number of important advantages, including eliminating the need to purchase a special camera just for underwater use. This option also allows the photographer to take advantage of the built in features they usually use, including zoom, flash and other capabilities.
In addition, using a watertight housing for a traditional camera allows the underwater photographer to use all of his or her lenses without incurring additional costs.
Watertight housings also have a few drawbacks. One of the disadvantages of using a watertight housing is that the resulting refraction can cause the image to be distorted. When shopping for a watertight camera casing it is important to look for one with a fisheye port. This fisheye port is designed to correct any distortion by eliminating the refraction that would otherwise occur.
Underwater Photography Go Pro Style:
If you are not in support of Watertight Housings, there is an amazing company called GoPro. GoPro has changed the entire scenario of Underwater Photography. The Hero series of GoPro cameras are designed specifically for Underwater Photography.
The GoPro underwater camera is easier to use because its plastic protective underwater housing is designed to fit action cameras like a glove, and the underwater cases themselves have buttons built in so you can manipulate all the controls you need to, even while underwater. A GoPro underwater camera can both take still images and high-quality HD video in either salt water or fresh water.
Waterproof Mobile Phones for Underwater Photography:
For Underwater Photography you can buy Sony’s Xperia ZR, which is a waterproof smartphone. It is till now the only phone which boasts of being able to work underwater for photographing and taking videos.Nowadays Mobile companies claim that their phone is waterproof or water-resistant. Know the difference. Water-resistant means that your phone will be safe if you accidentally spill water on it or if it gets wet in rains. But it does not protect the phone if you submerge it in water to take pictures. For that, you need a waterproof phone or a water-proof housing for the phone. So, Beware!
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