Underwater Photography

Garibaldi - California State Fish, Ed Bierman

Garibaldi – California State Fish

Photos

Very early on in my scuba career, I wanted to be able to combine my obsession with diving with my passion for photography. When I first started diving, however, digital cameras were not around, and I tried taking pictures with film a few times with very poor results. In those days, getting 1 or 2 ok photos using film was usually the best you could hope for unless you knew your stuff.

In the early 2000s, the first digital underwater cameras started to appear, and I quickly bought Sea&Seas first point and shot digital camera. It was maybe 2 or 3 megapixels, but I rally got some great photos from that camera. I did start to graduate to larger systems – adding a strobe and then for several years had a housing for my DSLR. I was always nervous about that because sooner or later you are going to have a flood.

So in the end, I decided I would be much happier if I kept it simple with a good prosumer camera. My philosophy about camera choices is to use a camera that shoots RAW and has full manual controls, but I also wanted a camera manufacturer that offered its own underwater case.

Buying a special underwater case from another manufacturer will cost you 2 to 3 times more money than the camera company makes and once the camera is obsolete,  you are left with an expensive case. I’ve found that the plastic cases made by Canon or Olympus lasted as long as the camera itself which is what I want to have happened.

Right now I’m using a Canon G12 with a Sea&Sea strobe and some filming with my GoPro.

Video

I do some video but not a lot because I’m not big on editing video – cut the front and end and then post, maybe add some music, is all that I usually want to do with it. Here is a list of my underwater

I do some video but not a lot because I’m not big on editing video – cut the front and end and then post, maybe add some music, is all that I usually want to do with it. Here is a list of my underwater YouTube video library.

Here is an example from July 2017:

My underwater images are on Flickr, and you can go there and browse them. Below is a list of what I consider my best images.

My Best Underwater Photos

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