June 2021 // The Children Edition

A Beginner’s Guide to Underwater Portrait Photography | Brett Stanley


The one thing that separates regular dry-land cameras and those used for underwater photography is their ability to be waterproof. Water and electronics don’t mix very well, but luckily we have some great options for keeping our devices watertight whilst we create some awesome underwater photographs. If you’re looking to take your expensive DSLR underwater for better image quality than say a GoPro or your smartphone, there are a few affordable options, like the Ewa Marine or Outex range of soft underwater housings. These are great if you just want to shoot in the pool or in some calm open water, but I wouldn’t recommend them for shooting surf or going deep whilst scuba diving—they just aren’t that tough. They are nice in that they allow access to almost all your camera controls directly through the soft container, but the deeper you go the more the bag might push on the buttons, so there’s a trade-off. In the more durable and versatile category are hard housings, which are made of either acrylic or metal and form a nice hard watertight shell for your camera. These are a bigger investment though and range dramatically in price with brands like SeaFrogs on the lower end and Aquatica or Nauticam at the top. These housings are very durable and can shoot in the most extreme conditions, but they are generally made for only one model of camera, so if you buy a new camera body, chances are you’ll need to change the housing as well.

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