Photography is a thrilling and fulfilling recreation in itself. And talking about underwater photography is just more exciting than without it. But because underwater photography us, not a regular thing to do, buying equipment regarding underwater photography can be a confusing task for the average diver.
Below given is a broad range of underwater photography gear that you can choose —from your dive cameras down to your strobes used underwater —depending on your choices, personal needs, and budget. This article will help you to build your own set of underwater photography gear.
1. Underwater Camera
There are several types of cameras available for land photography. What’s important to choose is a waterproof camera, all you need for it. You can get mirrorless cameras, high-quality point-and-shoot compact cameras, to higher-resolution DSLR.
Using smaller underwater cameras is not only practical to travel but is also easier to bring underwater.
Sealife SL510 Micro 2.0
SeaLife Micro 2.0 Sea Dragon 5000 Pro Set
2. Underwater Casing
Due to seawater’s water stress and saline nature, camera housing is the second main piece of appliance you’ll need.
These come in numerous materials, commonly known are made up of polycarbonate or a mixture of polycarbonate and aluminum.
A depth rating is a must for you to check when you go for underwater camera housing. This should be around 40 meters if you are doing scuba diving.
Fantasea Underwater Housing for Canon G7X Mark II
3. Macro/Wide-Angle Lens
You would need two types of waterproof or “wet” lenses for underwater photography: macro and wide-angle. Ignore zoom or regular lenses as they are not suitable for your underwater photography to work on.
Macro lenses will provide a focal length between 60-100mm, particularly for learners. If you’re an advanced shooter, you can choose 100mm or 105mm lenses. For wide-angle lenses, don’t look to go as wide as 10-20mm. These both are compatible with cameras and can last for a long time.
Fantasea UWL-09F Wide Angle Lens
SeaLife 10x Close-Up Lens SL570
Many underwater photographers fail to get the right camera ports. Without using these, you will see cloudy images also worsening your camera. You can look for two types of ports: dome ports and flat ports.
Dome ports are most beneficial in lodging wide-angle lenses with their more concave coverings. On the other hand, Flat ports are favorable for macro lenses as they will help your lens amplify your subject related to dome ports.
Colour Correcting Filters
Even when you’re hitting from sunlight, you’ll discover that your pictures look a little too blue or green. In this case, you opt for color correcting filters. Positioned right next to your lens (in front or behind), to reduce other color wavelengths, you can get a well balance-corrected image.
Fantasea 5207 Red Eye Filter M55
Underwater equipment testing can be done when you are buying a new underwater photography system, covering the basics. Here was a small glimpse towards your start to underwater photography. Take a look at above mentioned basic things you need and make your dream photography a true one.