On of the most fun things I can think of doing in the summer is jumping into the lake from a water trampoline at the family cottage. However, trying to get a few halfway decent photos of the kids in action is a little more difficult than it might look!
Natural Light Underwater Photography Tips | by JP Danko | blurMEDIA Photography | Toronto Underwater Photographer | With the increasing popularity and availability of waterproof point and shoot cameras, waterproof action cameras (like GoPro) and even waterproof camera phones (like the Sony Xperia), we’re seeing more and more underwater photography. Concurrently, the style of underwater photography that we’re seeing is evolving from the more traditional scuba diving sea-life photos, to more everyday fun-in-the-water lifestyle shots. But, taking really good underwater photos is a little trickier than it may seem – so in this week’s article on DIYPhotography.net, I thought I’d share some of my top underwater photography tips. Click here for the full post at DIY Photography. Using these underwater photography tips, I shoot a lot of commercial underwater photography like this: About The Author JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand. To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.
Nikon AW1 Review – Waterproof Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera | by JP Danko | blurMEDIA Photography | Toronto Commercial Underwater Photographer | So this morning my natural light underwater photography tips article came out at DIYPhotography.net (click here to check it out), then this afternoon I see that Nikon has just released the Nikon AW1 Waterproof Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera. Talk about timing huh! I am totally stoked about this camera! Waterproof Camera Housings vs. Waterproof Cameras There is already a good selection of waterproof point and shoot underwater cameras on the market – but a point and shoot is not suitable for underwater commercial photography. Until now, that leaves professional underwater photographers with a DSLR inside a waterproof camera housing. The thing I hate about underwater camera housings is that it is damn near impossible to change camera settings once the camera is sealed inside. A native waterproof camera like the Nikon AW1 Waterproof Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera does not have that problem – all the controls are right there and accessible. Underwater camera housings are also very expensive. At a price point under $1000 the Nikon AW1 already costs less than most underwater camera housings! Another huge problem with a DSLR inside a waterproof camera housing is seeing through the viewfinder to frame shots. As a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon AW1 does not even have a viewfinder – and without an underwater housing in the way, it should be much easier to see the view screen to compose shots underwater. Nikon AW1 Sensor Format The Nikon AW1 underwater camera uses a Nikon CX format sensor. On paper, this is a big disappointment as the CX sensor is only marginally larger than point and shoot sensors, which should mean higher noise, poorer low light capabilities and generally lower image quality than the approximately four times larger APS-C sized sensors used in other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, like the Sony NEX series or Fuji’s X series. Underwater Lenses for the Nikon AW1 Nikon is releasing the AW1 Underwater Camera with two dedicated underwater lenses. There is a 10mm f 2.8 underwater lens (27mm equivalent) or a 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 underwater lens (30-74mm equivalent). With the first lens, Nikon hit the nail on the head – by far my favorite lens for underwater photography is a Canon 28mm f2.8. Dive Depth for the Nikon AW1 The Nikon AW1 is only rated to be waterproof down to a depth of 50 ft (15m), which is an obvious restriction to scuba divers. But that depth is more than adequate for underwater lifestyle photography. In fact, as an underwater commercial photographer, I rarely go down more than 10 ft, maybe 30 ft maximum – and there are many reasons why I usually try to stick as close to the surface as possible (read my article “Natural Light Underwater Photography Tips” at DIYphotography.net for more details). More Information on the Nikon AW1 Waterproof Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Check out the official Nikon announcement here. Read the Nikon AW1 First Impressions Review from DPReview here. Would You Buy This Camera? Would you buy this camera to use underwater? What do you think of the real world performance of the Nikon CX format sensor? Is a maximum dive depth of 50 ft a restriction to you? Leave a comment below!
I really enjoy underwater photography – but its something that is incredibly difficult to consistently do well. With that in mind, I thought I’d try some “training” at the rocky beach in front of our cottage on Georgian Bay. These photographs were taken from the bottom of the lake, about 25 to 30 feet down. I had Dawn wait a few seconds, then swim overhead. The exercise here was to simply swim down to the bottom, find my subject in the viewfinder and shoot a few well composed frames before returning to the surface (without running out of air and drowning of course). I’m shooting with my old Nikon D200 in program auto in a EWA Marine underwater camera housing. I find that with the EWA Marine lead weight and by sucking all the air out of the housing, the camera sinks pretty well. The technique that I find works best is to swim hard about three quarters of the way down, then get into a vertical position, look up, compose the shot while gently sinking the rest of the way to the bottom, focus and capture a few frames. At this point, I’m pretty much out of air, so I need to be on bottom to push off and swim back to the surface. Its pretty rare for me to need to swim that far down, but its good practice for the more usual 8 to 10 feet. The next couple underwater photographs are of our big ol’ Bernese Mountain Dog Daisy (she never liked the water – but seems to have decided to take up swimming in her old age). With Daisy, I was practicing tracking her while looking through the viewfinder underwater, controlling the focus and creating a decent composition. Its really hard to see through the viewfinder underwater, but I find that its important not to bail and shoot from the hip (which usually just results in a bunch of out of focus images of with no subject). Kids on Raft – Shark’s Eye View I would like to have created some underwater photography of the kids swimming too. However, the water was a bit cold for them, so they spent most of their time sitting up on their little raft. Cheers, John-Paul Danko blurMEDIA Photography Underwater Portrait Photographer blurMEDIAPhotography.com email@example.com 905 818 5711