Best Underwater Cameras for Christmas 2016

Best Underwater Cameras for Christmas 2016

Dec 15

Best Cameras for Underwater Photography & Video 12 Ideas For the holidays of 2016 By Scott Gietler, Owner Bluewater Photo Which underwater camera to get? With so many great cameras, lenses and housings out there, the decision is tough. Here are some models that you can’t go wrong with for all budgets, whether your shooting stills or underwater video- and we’ll mention some...

10 Days in the Galapagos with the Aquatica A7RII

10 Days in the Galapagos with the Aquatica A7RII

Aug 08

Diving in the Galapagos isn’t for the faint of heart. From the heart pounding surge and currents at Wolf and Darwin, to the chilly waters around the main islands, like Isabela, the Galapagos can really test a diver’s skill. Knowing that I was headed for the adventure of a lifetime, and what could be my most challenging diving to date, I wanted to make sure I had the right tools for the...

A Beginner’s Guide to California Underwater Photo Composition

A Beginner’s Guide to California Underwater Photo Composition

Jul 06

If you are a photographer who has decided to try your hand underwater you may start to feel that you have bitten off more then you can chew. Even if you’re an accomplished diver there is a great deal to think about. So it is best to start with simple non-moving subjects until you get the hang of the many new variables you must consider when trying to get an interesting and well-composed shot....

Fast Focus with the 7D Mk 2

Fast Focus with the 7D Mk 2

Jun 29

  The Canon 7D Mark II is one of the top choices for underwater photographers.  I’ve used Bluewater Photo’s rental 7D Mark II on my last two trips, logging over 75 dives and several hours snorkeling with the camera. We’ve discussed the macro merits in Macro with the 7D Mk II, and how incredibly sharp the images are with the Canon 100mm macro lens and SubSee diopter, but...

Nikon D500 testing

Nikon D500 testing

Jun 26

I’ve been shooting the Nikon D500 over the last few days, and I’ve been very impressed by the results. The camera is ideally suited not just for underwater photography, but also for topside photography, particularly action, low-light, and wildlife behavior photography. There are 3 areas in which the Nikon D500 really stands out. Nikon D500 High ISO Performance My entire idea of...

Canon 7D Mk II and Wild Dolphins

Canon 7D Mk II and Wild Dolphins

Jun 23

The Canon 7D Mark II is a staple for underwater photography. A lightning-fast dual-pixel autofocus sensor puts this camera above others in its class, especially when considering focus tracking in Live View mode (used for video). It’s no wonder that the camera performs well for the fast action of wild dolphin encounters. I’ve had the opportunity to use Bluewater Photo’s rental...

Diving Socorro with the Sony A7R II

Diving Socorro with the Sony A7R II

May 16

The sense of being out in the middle of nowhere is strong during the crossing to the Archipelago Revillagigedos, also known as the Socorro Island. It takes 24-30 hours of motoring to reach this small island chain, but the wait is well worth it. Consisting of four islands, three of which are close enough to each other that you can dive them in one expedition, this area is well known for its big...

Macro with Canon 7D Mark II

Macro with Canon 7D Mark II

May 08

The Canon 7D Mk II is one of the best choices for serious underwater macro photography.  With 65 AF points (all cross type), lighting-fast focus (both through the viewfinder and in live view (thanks dual-pixel sensor)), fast processor and the beautiful color, contrast and image quality we expect from Canon, you’ll find the camera in the hands of many pros.  And knowing all this, I was psyched...

Sharpness with the SubSee +10 Diopter

Sharpness with the SubSee +10 Diopter

May 03

I sit here in Anilao, Philippines watching the peach sunset afterglow fade to black behind dancing palm trees and can’t help but appreciate the opportunity to experience some of the best macro diving on the planet. Here at the Bluewater Photo Anilao workshop all the divers are off shooting away on a night dive. I’m borrowing Bluewater’s rental Canon 7D Mark II camera and...

Getting the right background in your underwater photography

Getting the right background in your underwater photography

Apr 28

Having taught many underwater photo workshops, I see many budding underwater photographers practicing how to perfectly light, compose and focus on their subject. However, once you reach a certain level of photographic capability, your photography will be limited unless you can also master getting the perfect background. I break the perfect background into 3 categories: - As little background as...