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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
The focal length of a lens is defined as the distance in millimeters from the lens' optical center to the focal point (once always the film plane, and now more commonly the digital sensor). Wide-angle lenses have short focal lengths, provide a wide angle of view and a greater depth of field, while telephoto and macro lenses have longer focal lengths and compress perspective.
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