Underwater Photography Equipment

underwater photography equipmentThere are many factors to consider when choosing underwater photography equipment.  The choices range from single unit digital cameras, such as the Olympus Stylus SW Series (see previous blog post) to high end professional systems that are quite expensive.

These professional systems usually incorporate a 35mm digital camera with a housed system and several lenses (such as a 20mm wide angle lens, 60mm macro lens, and 105mm macro lens) as well as lighting equipment, including a strobe (such as the Sea & Sea YS-110A) arms, and a TTL (Thru The Lens) slave sensor.

Most professionals use underwater photography equipment that can be used with a diver and thus, can go to depths much greater than those meant for recreational water sports, such as snorkeling.  however, many of the single unit cameras can be adapted to be usable at greater depths with the addition of a specialized.

Although when you combine the cost of these little single unit digital cameras with the cost of an additional housing for the use at greater depths, it gets a little pricey, it is still much, much less than the cost of the higher-end 35mm digital underwater photography equipment total kit.  These little cameras take beautiful photographs and are just as nice whether they are being used on land or underwater.

Price point is a major factor in deciding which underwater photography equipment to buy.  The next logical factor is output; how do the images look?

Which equipment will give you the best results?  That depends.  What are you going to use the images for?  Are you taking vacation/recreational shots?  Do you want to photograph fish and sealife or underwater landscapes?  If you want to take underwater close-ups than a 20mm lens is much better than a 105mm lens, for example.

The final piece of underwater photography equipment that should be considered, but is often overlooked, is computer software for, “post-production” such as Adobe Photoshop.  Light hits the camera lens differently when passing through water (as opposed to air.)

This is like having a blue-green filter on the camera.  The deeper you go in water, the more increased the effect is, because it is more difficult for the light to pass through more water.  There are ways to compensate for this both straight from the camera, to adding a filter, to color correcting the image in Photoshop.

However you choose to adjust your images, using underwater photography equipment will bring a new dimension to your collection of photos.


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