Well, as usual, not muchI 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 towelsWe 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.
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 insuranceJust 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
A little something different…
In & Out of the water in the middle of the day sun…Settings 1/1600 @ f/8 ISO 125
Near sunset in a lake…Settings 1/640@ f/8 ISO 320
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!
And don’t forget…get in the pictures too mama’s!