Can you take photos underwater while propelled only with the best snorkel gear? With a decent camera and a good pair of snorkel and fins, you can move around underwater taking awesome photos. In this article, we will talk about how you can do that and continue to enjoy snorkeling.

How to Take Underwater Photography with GoPro

GoPro is the most popular camera when it comes to underwater photography. You can shoot videos with it and still photos as well. Its compact size, great variety of frame rates, high resolution, an LCD display and its unbeatable price are the things that made it a goto name when it comes to underwater videography and photography. Here are some things that you need to remember when taking pictures underwater with GoPro.

  1. Be steady

It might sound so obvious but when you’re taking videos and pictures, it’s too easy to forget especially in the excitement of the moment. Because of this camera’s wide field view and automatic settings, divers forget that they still need to do their part in order to produce amazing pictures. Even is you’re just a casual photographer, you still need to observe this technique in order to produce nice looking photos and videos.

  1. Shoot with the sun behind you

This is one of the greatest secrets behind good underwater photography and videography. Cameras like GoPro performs well when there is excellent lighting. It is therefore important that you take note of your source of light when taking videos and pictures underwater. If you have more light, you can shoot with lower ISO resulting in less grainy and professional looking videos and photographs.

  1. Note the video resolution to use

The GoPro HERO5 default resolution is 1080p, and framerate of 60fps and a wide field view. If you are just starting out, this is already a very good HD resolution and framerate to start with. As your skills advances, you can experiment with different resolutions and framerates but in the meantime, you are good to go. When you have reached the advanced user level, you can experiment further to show off your skills.

  1. Start shooting immediately

Don’t wait for the paint to dry before you start taking videos and pictures underwater. With GoPros default settings, you can immediately take videos and pictures without climbing the difficult learning curve of other cameras. Just go out there, and point and shoot.

Conclusion

With your snorkel and fins and a decent camera like GoPro HERO5, you can immediately take underwater pictures and videos without really learning too much. If you have a pair of snorkel and fins, you can go on and find a spot where you can take awesome pictures. Don’t wait for too long before you decide to enjoy this amazing sport—snorkeling and underwater photography and videography. There is more life underwater that we all need to discover before it’s too late. Don’t just limit yourself with snorkeling, you can also add underwater photography in your sports arsenals.

 

Outdoor photography is a great way to explore nature, stay active, relieve stress, and challenge yourself with a fun hobby all at once. Many people have a desire to take up photography as a hobby, and lots of the time a huge factor is this seemingly serene environment. While we definitely concur with this overall notion, accessing some of the best scenery often involves exhausting hikes, some agility to navigate difficult terrain, and decent muscular strength and endurance to keep up with the demands of the hobby.

One thing I personally overlooked was the impact an injury could have on my profession and hobby.Just last year I sustained a sprained ankle when I wasn’t paying attention just walking down the street. I slipped off a curb and rolled onto my ankle, which damaged some of the ligaments in the area. I wasn’t too concerned at first, as sprained ankles are pretty common and I figured I would just rest for a bit and be back on the trails in no time.

The pain and swelling was quite significant, but following a standard R.I.C.E. protocol helped a lot and I felt way better after just one week. But that’s when things got tricky. I tried to push myself a little too early in my recovery, and while I was able to get out and take some shots, a few setbacks has resulted in a nagging injury that really took away a lot of my photography ventures.

One big mistake that I made was not seeking professional help early enough. I tried to follow tips from the internet, and while they worked for the most part, every injury is unique, as well as the functional demands of those who sustain the injury. In my case, I figured since my ankle felt fine, that I would be ok for a day trip to take some pictures in the mountains. I’m really lucky I had a nice day and some other people on the trails, because half way in my ankle became sore, and it became painful fairly quickly after that. My the time I got back to my car, I could barely put any weight on it. Fortunately, it was my left ankle, so i could still drive home.

Anyway, this one little injury to my ankle has resulted in a year’s worth of frustrating setbacks, many of which could have been avoided. Therefore, I would like to pass along a few tips for minimizing your risk of injury when out int he wild, as well as how to address potential injuries so you can get back to snapping pictures as soon as possible.

Prevention

If you have never really thought about injury prevention in the context of photography before, you’re definitely not alone. Photography isn’t usually considered a physically demanding activity, but as I mentioned earlier int his article, getting to and from some of the best scenery certainly requires a decent level of physical fitness. Here are some things you can do to minimize your risk of injury, as well as simply feel better when you’re traveling to your locations.

Muscle Endurance and Aerobic Fitness

Focusing on muscle endurance over strength is probably the best way to focus your efforts. There aren’t too many times when I’ve needed raw strength or power to get to a prime photography location, but long treks are certainly abundant, often times on uneven terrain. I wish I had focused more on my lower leg endurance. Simple things like calf raises can help strengthen the muscles around your knees and ankles as well as improve their endurance. Those muscles can help reinforce the joints and keep you walking for longer periods of time.

The first thought here is often to improve fitness so that you can actually get out on those long hikes to your destination. While this shouldn’t be discounted, the main reason I’m highlighting aerobic fitness is because many injuries occur when the individual is fatigued. You can lose concentration, and taking one wrong step can be all it takes to sustain an injury.

Proper Attire and Equipment

If you’re spending a day or more in the wilderness to take some photos, chances are you will have a bag packed with food, safety supplies, camera gear, and maybe some spare clothes or camping equipment. Be realistic with how much you can carry and for how long. You don’t want to skim on safety supplies, but if you are pushing the limits with how much you can carry, it’s probably safest to consider a shorter trip that will require less gear, or at least prioritizing the necessities rather than things that would just be nice to have.

In terms of attire, try not to wear anything too restricting. Forcing your body into limited ranges of motion can develop bad habits, and over time this can affect your overall body mechanics and posture.No one wants to be in pain while they are trying to enjoy their hobby.

For myself, bracing was a great method to help get me back out in the wild sooner rather than later. I personally use the ASO lace-up ankle brace, as it provides solid support, but also doesn’t feel too bulky. I can wear it under my hiking shoes without a problem, and I really feel that it adds some good support in case I roll my ankle again. That said, braces aren’t just limited to the ankles. You can get them for almost every joint in the body, and there are different variations depending on the nature of your injury or what you are trying to prevent. For example, one brace I was considering when trying to get back out on the trails was the A2-DX. This is the brace that Steph Curry wears and is really good for sports. It provides more support than the ASO brace I currently have, but it’s just a little more bulky and is more for activities that require lots of cutting and lateral movement, and photography isn’t really one of those activities. In any case, there’s lots out there for you to choose from, but my one firm suggestion would be to talk with your doctor or physiotherapist first about whether or not bracing could be worth your time, and if so, what method may be the most appropriate for your particular needs.

Summary

As long as you’re thinking about ways to minimize your risk of injury, or ways to heal an injury so you can get back to photography, then you’re already on the right track.Think a little outside the box. For example, what’s your posture like when you are editing your images on the computer? How long do you usually spend walking to your vantage points? Are you usually on uneven terrain? How much do you carry with you, and what sort of safety supplies do you bring? These are all questions that can really help you spend more time doing what you love, and less time healing a nagging injury!