Underwater Tips & Tutorials

Tips and Tutorials for underwater camera gear
from the Bluewater Photo team

Why You Should Use a Fisheye Lens for Wide Angle

Why You Should Use a Fisheye Lens for Wide Angle

Jun 03

I shoot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 in a Nauticam E-M1 Mark II housing, and whenever I am shooting wide angle I use the Olympus 8mm f/1.8 fisheye lens. I run into a lot of people who either don’t use a fisheye lens at all, or who think it is a specialty lens that you only use for big things like mantas, whale sharks or humpbacks. Yes, fisheye lenses are definitely the best for giant subjects...

Flash Triggers & Underwater Strobes

Flash Triggers & Underwater Strobes

May 25

A discussion on Flash Triggers, and the different ways to fire strobes Today I want to talk about flash triggers, TTL, and a little history of how photographers used to fire their strobes underwater. Back in the day, to fire strobes quickly you needed an electronic sync cord, which went from your camera hot shoe, through a hole in the housing called a “bulkhead”, to your strobe. Sync...

One of My Favorite Underwater Photography Accessories – the AO Cooler Bag

One of My Favorite Underwater Photography Accessories – the AO Cooler Bag

Jun 07

One thing that does not get talked about much, but is very important for an underwater photographer, is the bag or bags used to transport and keep your gear safe while traveling. Every experienced underwater photographer seems to have their favorite, but I want to convince you that you should think about the one that I use! I shoot an Olympus OM-D E-M1, with Nauticam housing, ultralight arms and...

Flexibility of the full-frame macro lens

Flexibility of the full-frame macro lens

Feb 28

This is the first in a series of blog posts comparing shooting with cropped-sensor versus full-frame sensors. I hope you enjoy! – Scott Gietler When I used to shoot with the Nikon D80, D300, and D7100, when I wanted to shoot macro I had to decide between using the 60mm macro lens and the Nikon 105mm macro lens. Now that I am using a full-frame camera, I no longer have to decide. When I use...

ThinkTank Rolling Bags Comparison

ThinkTank Rolling Bags Comparison

Jun 20

Many customers love the Thinktank rolling bags for travel, but how do you pick the right one? With a variety of options, its best to look at the size and features of each bag to help you determine what you need. Check out the three top Rolling Bags below and a sample packing configuration to help you decide which will be the best for your camera set up!   Why we love the Thinktank...

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....

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...