Showing posts with label underwater photography tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label underwater photography tips. Show all posts

Saturday, May 22, 2010


If you are an underwater photographer, being able to view and compose a photo using a D-SLR in a housing is much more challenging than on land.  Nikonos photographers using an accessory viewfinder and those using a digital Point & Shoot camera screen do not have problems viewing with most diving masks.

The way to make viewing and composing easier with D-SLRs is to use a PHOTOGRAPHER'S MASK.  By definition, a Photographer's Mask is a mask with:
  • BLACK or Dark SKIRT, 
  • Low Volume and 
  • Very close to the eyes.
Of course, the most important feature of a mask is correct fit.  Once you have established that you like a mask, the advantage of the black skirt is that reflections are eliminated.  These can interfere with viewing inside the housing.

Low Volume allows for a design that gets the glass of the mask close to the eyes.  This gets your eye a more normal distance to the camera viewfinder inside the housing and allows you to see more of the entire image in the viewfinder.  Using a standard Diving mask, there is a high likelihood there will be severe vignetting, cutting off the edges of view.  Your photos will most likely be poorly composed and require a lot of cropping.  The mask on the left is considerably closer to the eyes than the one on the right, and provides room for a prominent proboscus.

Composing the Sea Lion dance here required a good clear view and fast reflexes.

Click here to see some more examples of my underwater favorites.

I currently use a Cressi Matrix mask.

Other Black Skirt examples are: the Cressi Superocchio, ScubaPro Framless, Essence Liquidskin Mask, Atomic SubFrame, Mares X-Vision or the Oceanic Shadow.