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shooting macro
image: Kimmo Hagman
There is a whole range of features on compact cameras designed low whilst keeping your subject in sharp focus. This will help to keep
to capture some top shots of some of the Red Sea’s smallest reef your image colours rich and punchy.
creatures. Maria Munn reports.
When composing your close-up photograph, always try and get
Using a compact camera’s built-in flash can often be overlooked by level with the subject. Eye-to-eye contact with a subject can be very
any beginner or more advanced underwater photographer, and few powerful and adds immediate impact, drawing the viewer in. Some-
realise how effective this little tool can be to give your underwater times getting underneath your subject and looking up can be even
close-up subjects real depth and texture. more dramatic. However, this does of course depends on how close
the subject will allow you to be. Always remember to breathe slowly,
So how close is a close-up subject? A close-up shot is defined as approach slowly and let the subject get used to you. And always
a subject within 0cm of you underwater. Ideal subjects to take remember the corals and marine life around you.
photographs of using the Tulip Mode on the back of your camera
and the built-in flash are anemones, corals, lionfish, scorpionfish and Looking at contrasting colours underwater can bring a subject to
anemonefish (when you can get them to stay still for long enough). life. A good example of this is a red anemone contrasting against
Night dives provide the perfect backdrop as most macro subjects stay the beautiful clear blue waters of the Red Sea. If you can’t find your
perfectly still – all ready to pose for the camera. subject sitting in the right place and there is too much of a distracting
background behind it, simply move and find a more amenable one.
Choosing the right film speed is critical in making sure your underwa-
ter photograph is nice and sharp, although a blurred effect can also Lastly, never forget those fantastic pink soft corals that the Red Sea is
give a more artistic feel to your image. By increasing your film speed, so famous for. Giving them a touch of light with any flash will make
more available light is let into the camera to keep your subject clear. them so much more vivid and alive than through using manual white
I always suggest choosing a film speed of 100 when taking a picture balance. Perfect for remembering your favourite Red Sea dives.
of a static subject. Using 200 is good when it is a picture of a mov-
ing subject such as an anemonefish. Then 400 is ideal when taking
Maria’s forthcoming book Underwater Photography for Beginners
photographs of faster moving subjects such as dolphins and sharks in
is due to be released on 11 February. From the beginner through
the Red Sea – this keeps them sharp in the shot.
to the more advanced snapper, this book will inspire and show you
how to take beautiful underwater photographs in an easy-to-un-
When using flash, whether it is your built-in flash or an external flash,
derstand way. For more information on ordering the book, email
always keep to the lowest film speed possible – ideally at 100 or be-
Maria at
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