Tips & Tutorials

Tips and Tutorials
from the Bluewater Photo team

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 the...

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...

Using Sync Cords with Sony a6000

Using Sync Cords with Sony a6000

Nov 11

The biggest drawback to using fiber optic cables on the mirrorless and compact cameras is often the slow recycle time of the on-board camera flash. While underwater strobes are designed to recycle quickly, the flash on the cameras often recycles much, much slower. With fiber optic cables your underwater strobe is dependent upon the camera flash so unfortunately that means it will have to wait as...

RX-100 + Nauticam Compact Macro Converter (CMC)

RX-100 + Nauticam Compact Macro Converter (CMC)

May 20

During our 5th annual Anilao underwater photo workshop, I got to use the RX-100 camera with the Nauticam CMC (compact macro converter).   The results look great, and I look forward to trying out this combination some more. Focusing was fast and easy, photos were sharp and magnification was good. I also expect excellent results with the RX-100 II, or the Canon G7X. All photos were taken with...