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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
Often compared to "grain" in film, there is a level of noise in each digital image you capture, which appears as tiny speckles of color. Noise is caused by simple physics, created by the photon nature of light and the thermal energy of heat. Sometimes it is less noticable than others. Each pixel in a camera sensor contains light sensitive photodiodes which convert the incoming light (photons) into electrical signals which are then processed into the final image. Even without incoming light, the electrical activity and heat of the sensor itself will generate some image noise. Higher ISO sensitivities and long exposures create more noise.
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