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Getting Started with Underwater Photography

Welcome to the wonderful world of underwater photography!

Like most scuba divers, you're probably already enamored with the beauty, mystery and fantasy of the underwater world. Now you're ready to take the next step in joining the ranks of those who share a passion for capturing the essence of these unique environments. Underwater photography can become a lifelong adventure, which will mean something very different to each of us. Whether you intend to take snapshots to show your friends and family, or create fine art renditions of the world below, travel to exotic destinations, or just capture your kids playing in the pool, you have to start somewhere.

So start your journey with the DivePhotoGuide beginner's guide to underwater photography.

Underwater Photography Glossary
Macro photography is where you are shooting at around a 1:1 ratio and closer, thereby creating an image on film that is equal in size or larger than the subject. Macro lenses have long focal lengths and are differentiated from others by their ability to focus on small subjects close to the lens itself. The most commonly used macro lenses are 50, 60 mm and 100 & 105 mm,? and the close focus distance allows you to fill a frame with life-size, or larger than life-size images of very small subjects. However, the closer the subject is to the lens, the shallower the depth of field. Compensate by shooting at the smallest possible apertures (highest f/stops).
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