This month we’re going to give you some tips on improving your underwater photography.

This is becoming a deeply researched topic for me. I was given a small compact underwater camera a couple of months ago and happily headed out to A-Frame to take what I was sure would be award winning photos. Cut to the end of the dive to a very disillusioned newbie underwater photographer with absolutely no useable photographs. Not even one.

Turns out taking a photograph of a moving object underwater, while you’re moving and the kelp is moving and your dive buddies are moving and the light is changing is really quite difficult. And the back scatter! Where did that all come from? I didn’t notice it on the dive but every photo looked like someone had thrown handfuls of sand at my lens. So disappointing.

So I’ve done some research and this month we’re going to share our top tips for improving your underwater photography. Tip #1 – sign up for Kate Jonker’s photography courses. Check out the link here.

Here are our top tips for avoiding the dreaded backscatter in your photo’s:

• If you have external strobes, bring your strobes out wide, away from the port, and don’t point them towards the subject, just light the subject with the edge of the cone.

• Take photos far away from other people. Other divers are the biggest cause of stirred up sand at the dive site.

• Use proper fins, learn frog-kicking technique, achieve perfect buoyancy. You’re the next biggest cause of stirred up sand at the dive site. Especially if you’re just getting started.

• Only take photos within a few centimetres of your lens, either in macro mode, with a macro lens or with a fisheye lens.

• Find areas of the dive site with better visibility, which is often right near the surface, down deeper, or in a protected area of the reef.

• Don’t shoot against the open water, shoot at a subject with reef directly behind it. This can be very effective.