There is no skirting the issue: If you are serious about getting into underwater photography, then you simply have to have the best equipment meant for that. Apart from scuba diving gear, you will need a couple of extra things other than a camera which will help you take good photos underwater.
Here is a general list of five essential items which you must invest in before you go focusing on the underwater world for some amazing pictures.
1. Getting a good camera is important. You can either go for a specialist underwater camera or a normal digital camera which can be used in a good casing or housing.
2. A housing is your next best friend if you are underwater. It is a protective plastic case which holds your camera in and prevents it from any damage it can suffer due to water. It is waterproof and keeps your camera safe.
3. Lenses are the key to making good photographs and are often the most important choice you can make in underwater photography. Get yourself a good macro lens and/or a good WA lens, depending on where your interest lies. In terms of macro lenses, a 60 mm focal length is probably best for beginners, while a 100 or 105 mm lens is for more advanced photographers.
4. One of the best ways to increase the quality of your scuba diving photography is to use an underwater strobe. A strobe is an external flash which is used underwater. Strobes can help you bring out the colours in your images, making them look more vibrant and life-like. There are various different strobes available which range in power and quality.
5. If you have room, use a silica gel packet inside the underwater housing unit to prevent fogging of the camera lens from dampness trapped inside the underwater housing. Such fogging not only makes it tough to shoot photos, but it also could lead to damage to your camera from repeated exposure to the moisture.
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