underwater gear | what’s in my bag



Well, as usual, not much;-)I am a really simple, minimalistic photographer when it comes to most things, but honestly I always want my big camera with me; especially when its going to the beach with my family. When we hop in the Jeep to go to the beach I pretty much have three things-my camera, my fisheye, and my underwater housing (and, lets be honest, now that I am not pregnant, an adult beverage….or two ;).  And most of the time I bring one extra lens but not always. And, yes, I throw these into my beach bag just like sunscreen and towels;-)We go to the beach a lot…especially in the late afternoons and love the fall here!





I don’t always use my housing because I like to live on the edge apparently lol. Maybe its because we are always in the water and its pretty much been that way my whole life:)





So what do I use?

My 5D Mark III with my 8-15 mm Fisheye.

Waterproof Housing?



Ikelite Housing with Lens Port Specifically for the Fisheye

Settings…I put some sample images with settings below but I honestly find they are pretty close to what you would use that time of day anyway but possible a stop up in exposure. It also depends on the water (pool, ocean, lake, etc.)

Some things to keep in mind:

*Keep your shutter speed up (embrace the noise if you need to raise your ISO) to catch the action

*Try some split shots | half water, half sky if its pretty

*Use a wide angle lens so you can get close to your subject and therefore, keep as much color as possible (appears more blue the further away you get from your subject)

*Brighter is almost always better unless you are going for that musty kind of look

*Images are way different depending on if your subject is facing the subject or behind it – just like in regular images

*Stay near the surface (unless you are diving obviously)

*Get ready to play with color balance – A LOT! That usually makes the big difference;-)

*Look up for silhouettes

*Cross your fingers & buy equipment insurance:)Just kidding….well, about the cross your fingers part!

But mostly…just have fun and play! Get that camera IN the water;-)

 Settings 1/640 @ f/4.0 ISO 160 15 mm Pool in the Afternoon


Settings 1/640 @ f/4.0 ISO 160 15 mm (facing the sun) Pool in the Afternoon


Settings: 1/320 f/4 ISO 160 Pool During the Day/Sun Behind Subject



 Settings: 1/640 f/4 ISO 320 Pool in the Afternoon/Sun Behind Subject

Mermaid underwater photography


A little something different…

In & Out of the water in the middle of the day sun…Settings 1/1600 @ f/8 ISO 125


Underwater photography by kansas pitts


Near sunset in a lake…Settings 1/640@ f/8 ISO 320

sunset underwater photography


 Don’t have a “big” camera? These were taken in Costa Rica with a Canon Powershot and underwater housing for that – I thought thy turned out pretty dang good at the time and still do!

Moray EelLittle Fish

  And don’t forget…get in the pictures too mama’s!



  • Nicole T. Martucci Keane - August 5, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    I just love you and your family to pieces! You’re such an inspiration! One day I hope to dabble in photography and I can only hope to be nearly a good and as creative as you!ReplyCancel

    • kansas - August 21, 2014 - 10:35 am

      Thank you girlie ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Oksana Andersen - August 6, 2014 - 9:44 am

    Your images are beautiful, thank you for sharing and inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • kansas - August 21, 2014 - 10:35 am

      Awe thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Toni Parvin - August 20, 2014 - 10:34 am

    These pictures are amazing. I’ve been on the fence about getting Ikelite housing but I’m putting my order in today and taking the plunge (literally). ha
    Love your work. Love the drama, depth & boldness of them.ReplyCancel

    • kansas - August 21, 2014 - 10:35 am

      Toni, Yay! Have a blast ;-)ReplyCancel

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