Photography Techniques | Only one strobe
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Keep checking our technique pages, as I post the simple skills that
will get you taking great shots in no time at all.
I have condensed these tips and tricks down from years of coaching beginners
to shoot underwater with the minimum of fuss or flannel.

Only one flash?

Sometimes we find ourselves presented with various problems in underwater photography. Or should I say we often think we have a problem, when in actual fact we can often turn this around into a positive. so it's often about a frame of mind and how we approach the situation that really matters.

A common case in point and I've touched upon this previously, is when we are struggling to evenly illuminate a subject. We can get way too hung up on what we can't do rather than what we can. In this instance I've used a shot of a dwarf lion fish a creature about the size of a thumb, it was steadfastly refusing to come out of its safe haven under a secluded part of the reef out in Indonesia. This meant that however I chose to light it, there was always going to be one side of it in deep shadow.
At first I was a little irked, as even though I had two strobes at my disposal I wasn't able to physically bring to bear the light from the right hand strobe, because where this tiny critter was hiding was blocking it. So I "resigned" myself to shooting with only the left hand light.
I put the word in quotation marks because I was dissatisfied with not being able to light it like I would have liked. It was only afterwards that I realised that actually the more dramatic strobe positioning was probably better and definitely more aesthetically pleasing than if I'd used both.

So I know I've said it before but, please look on only using one strobe as an advantage not a downfall. And even if you have two strobes switch one off, or do what I often do on the workshops and lend one out, this way you have no choice whatsoever to only use the one, and come out of your usual comfort zone.
It'll benefit your shooting I promise.

Taking pictures with only one strobe Under water  - Dwarf Lion Fish

A Dwarf Lion Fish, shot with a single strobe. This resulted in one side being placed into shadow. This was a combination of the environment and choice, to increase the drama a little.


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