This is going to be a really short blog, as I am away for a week shooting and helping our guests to shoot great pictures hopefully, on our Simply the Best itinerary. (click here)
I am testing out some new equipment as per usual and I will share with you my findings upon my return in a week or so’s time.

Upon my return I will be carrying on with my series of videos on how to get the best from Adobe Lightroom, and if you haven’t already seen them the most recent start here. (Please Click)

For now though I would like to share with you a few pictures that I took last year, that will hopefully spur you on to taking more pictures, not just underwater but also topside.

Shooting above the water on a typical Liveaboard allows you lots of picture taking opportunities, and when they aren’t busy the crew are usually only too pleased to model for you.

I would suggest thought that you give them copies, as it’s only fair.
Don’t hassle them if they are busy unless you want to take some candid shots of them in action.
And a good time to get pictures of them working is when there is a frenzy of activity when they are mooring the boat.
However please don’t get in the way.

Another great time to get unusual shots is when you are finishing the dive at the back of the boat, and you can get some crazy angles, if you are using a super wide lens or fisheye.

 

 

 

At the back of the boat is a great opportunity to get fun shots.
At the back of the boat is a great opportunity to get fun shots.

Don’t worry too much about being able to se the water droplets on your dome port. With the quick and candid nature of this type of shooting it only adds to the atmosphere.
And if you faffed on trying to get rid of them you’d more than likely spoil the mood.
I often am still shooting with my strobes set to on, it will help pick out your subject matter.

 

 

Here's another one a little way back from the boat, but I've done a split shot so you can just make out the keel, prop and ladders.
Here’s another one a little way back from the boat, but I’ve done a split shot so you can just make out the keel, prop and ladders.

 

Here the shot was a little more technically tricky, as I have done a split shot.

However its very achievable even with compact cameras, if you’re very patient!!
I have done an earlier blog about shooting splits (click here)

 

 

 

 

 

I am going to have to add a torch beam later in Photoshop, as our dive guide didn't understand my poor attempts to get him to switch on his torch!!
I am going to have to add a torch beam later in Photoshop, as our dive guide didn’t understand my poor attempts to get him to switch on his torch!!

 

Here I’ve messed up because I failed to mention clearly before we got in the water, that our guide should switch his torch on, I will show you how to cheat and add a torch beam in Photoshop, in a later post.

 

 

 

 

 

A rare opportunity to find a liveaboard crew member not doing something, and he was perfectly placed to liven up my sunset
A rare opportunity to find a liveaboard crew member not doing something, and he was perfectly placed to liven up my sunset

 

Sunsets are always nice, but they can be a little predictable at times, so why not grab a member of crew, or catch one unawares at the close of day, like I have here.

 

 

 

 

 

A bit of action this time as our rib driver helps one of the guests with his camera.
A bit of action this time as our rib driver helps one of the guests with his camera.

 

An action shot, with all the water droplets frozen by my strobes. I always leave them switched on at the ends of dives, for just such spontaneous situations like this.

I have done blogs about using your strobes and to be honest the techniques are not dissimilar when you are above the waterline especially when you are shooting into the sun like I am in tis shot above. (click here) and (here)

I hope this has given you some ideas, and that you will try and get some great shots of the boat, the crew and the action on a dive boat, it adds depth and helps tell the story, in your scuba trip pictures.

 

Duxy