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Dive into underwater photography and take great swimming pool shots on a budget, in the back yard.

The best child portraits usually occur when the youngsters do something they enjoy, instead of just being told to pose. most youngsters love being within the water, therefore the swimming bath may be a excellent spot to urge out your camera!

Underwater scenes are often wonderfully vibrant, with rich blue tones, shimmering bubbles and crowd pleasing reflections on the surface, then there are the dynamic poses – all made possible by the water.

The pool, however, can obviously be a dangerous place for cameras – so we’d like one among the simplest underwater housings for cameras you’ll afford. Many might think that underwater photography with a camera involves using expensive hard cases, but you’ll get great results with cheaper options – sort of a soft waterproof bag made by Ewa-Marine. The camera is sealed within the bag, and controlled through the fabric .

There are many other options for underwater photography, from the simplest waterproof cameras to the simplest underwater drones, and even the simplest GoPros and action cameras.

However, with a pure DSLR or mirrorless camera we you’ll achiever better image quality, faster focusing and increased low light performance. you’ll also found out your camera to capture the action with the proper exposure settings, focus options and focal distance .

So, with a couple of inexpensive items and a few simple techniques we’ll show you ways to capture vivid portraits of your kids underwater…

Portraits in the pool


01. Outdoor pools

Outdoor pools are ideal, as on a sunny day the sunshine bounces round the walls and floor for portrait lighting. It helps if the pool isn’t too deep, as this enables light to bounce off the ground and means we don’t need to tread water while shooting.

02 Underwater camera bag

We used an Ewa-Marine soft waterproof camera bag – the lens sits during a cylindrical section at the front and buttons and dials are often used through the fabric of the bag, although it are often clumsy. So it’s really best to urge settings sorted before sealing within the camera.

03 Test the water

It’s an honest idea to see that the housing is sound whenever you employ it. Before putting the camera in, try a touch tissue , then seal up and submerge the bag. provides it a squeeze under the water and check for bubbles. If the tissue comes out dry, you’re good to travel .

04 Use colloid

Underwater casings can overcast , so try dropping during a colloid pouch. this may hopefully suck up the moisture within the air and help prevent the lens front element from misting up while the bag is within the water. A foggy front element will ruin the fine detail in your shots!

05 Start shooting

When you’re able to dunk the camera, give yourself and your subject a 3-2-1 countdown, take a dip and begin shooting. thanks to the magnifying effect of the water, you would possibly got to move slightly further faraway from your subject than you think that .

06 await expressions

Closed eyes and uncomfortable expressions can ruin any portrait, so ask the topic to undertake to seem happy or pull a funny face under the water. a couple of simple items like sunglasses or hats can add character to the portrait, also as a splash of color.

Set up your camera


01 Try back-button focusing

Half-pressing the shutter button to interact autofocus are often rather tricky through the bag. So instead – if your camera allows it – try fixing back-button focusing. With this feature enabled, focus is activated with the AF button on the rear of the camera body.

02 Set a good focal distance

As you’ll see within the difference between body and head here, water features a magnifying effect. As such, it’s best to use a fisheye lens , or the wide end of a typical zoom. Framing are often tricky underwater, so a good field of view also gives you the choice to crop later.

03 Use a narrow aperture

Focusing are often but precise when shooting underwater – especially if your subject is moving towards you – so it’s best to use a narrow aperture as this may offer you greater depth of field, meaning more of your subject and scene are in-focus.

04 Prevent motion blur

You’ll need a quick shutter speed to freeze the action, especially if you propose on capturing jumps and splashes. We used manual exposure mode with a 1/500 sec shutter speed in conjunction with an f/11 aperture and Auto ISO (so that the ISO adapts to suit the conditions).

3 tips for taking a dip


01 Props and toys

Whether shooting underwater or any quite child portrait, props, toys or items that are special to the topic will help make the shoot more personal and add extra interest to the portrait. We brought a couple of underwater animal toys, like thes octopus.

02 Try a jump

Asking the youngsters to leap in from the side may result during a burst of bubbles. It are often tricky to specialise in the precise spot where they’ll enter the water, so try pre-focusing on a spot that’s roughly an equivalent distance away, then duck under the water and await the jump.

03 search for reflections

At the proper angle, the underside of the surface of the water can create beautiful abstract reflections of your subject. It’s best to urge down low to capture the reflections, and use a good focal distance to incorporate more of the encompassing pool.

Correct underwater colors


Fix blue color casts with simple skills privately Raw or Lightroom

When shooting underwater, the white balance and colours are often difficult to perfect in-camera. By shooting Raw, though, we’ve the choice to regulate the white balance later, with the precise same results as if we’d done so before taking the shot.

To correct the blue casts that always affect underwater photos, use Camera Raw (or Lightroom)’s white balance eyedropper tool and click on on some extent that ought to be neutral, sort of a white piece of clothing. Then continue to tweak the Temperature and Tint sliders until the colours look right.

If the sky is showing through the water, correcting the colours might skew those above the water. If it does, try painting with the Adjustment Brush tool loaded with negative temperature and tint.

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