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Dive Photo Guide

Macro Underwater Photography

Macro photography generally refers to shooting small subjects at close range. When shooting macro underwater, we are usually shooting the ocean's smaller majority -- the little critters that  go unnoticed by many divers.

Often times it’s the picture of a strange critter that inspires the most “oohs and ahs” from unsuspecting audiences. Shooting macro forces us to slow down and observe the endless photo opportunities that surround us while diving. It is not uncommon for discerning underwater macro photographers to confine an entire dive to a small piece of reef due to ample macro opportunities within close proximity to one another.
Additionally, underwater macro photography is somewhat easier to get the hang of than wide angle, so it is a great place to start your journey into underwater photography, whether you have a DSLR or compact camera.


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