Underwater Photography Photo Critique
by Terry Chapman
Category: Underwater Photography
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Description: The snapper shadowed us during the entire dive as if it were just another diver.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
It is a little unclear exactly what the subject is.
Too far from the subject.
Looks a little soft.
Well done with the exposure for the background
Background exposure (blue) is good. Too blue subject though. Needs a little more strobe light.
Some soft focus could be due to depth of field.
good start to a possibly interesting image. Please see improvements.
How to improve your photo
You must get closer to the subject underwater. Try to fill at lest 1/4 of the frame with the subject.
Use a higher shutter speed or f-stop to reduce blur on subject. Use the next higher ISO so that you can "stop down" your aperture for additional depth of field or be able to use a higher shutter speed. Shutter speeds for hand holding a camera should be at a minimum equal to or greater than the reciprocal of the focal length. i.e. if using a 17mm lens then you must use at least 1/17th sec. Moving subjects will still blur though. 1/60th sec for moving subjects is a good minimum.
Add strobe light by increasing the strobe power or reducing the opening the aperture. Also, moving closer to the subject will render more strobe light on the subject.
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