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Great Pictures Made Easy A Guide to Underwater Photography Capture the Magic - What do you want to capture on your digital camera? What attracts you to underwater photography? What scenes are so breathtaking that people say “this is so unbelievable, I wish I had a camera to show this to my friends”? You will encounter strange creatures, see incredible effects of light and colors, explore wrecks, corals and plants that appear as if they were from another planet, while you float effortlessly witho
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    Great Pictures Made Easy  A Guide to Underwater Photography Capture the Magic - What do you want to capture on your digital camera?What attracts you to underwater photography? What scenes are sobreathtaking that people say “this is so unbelievable, I wish I had a camera toshow this to my friends”?   You will encounter strange creatures, see incredible effects of light and colors,explore wrecks, corals and plants that appear as if they were from anotherplanet, while you float effortlessly without gravity.And after years of adventures with your SeaLife camera you will look at your albums, perhaps even at animpressive gallery of framed enlargements. And it may be only then that you discover the real treasure thatyou found with your camera: You have learned to use your eyes to see and experience the underwaterworld, one of the greatest miracles on earth.As the manufacturers of SeaLife, we believe thatan easy to use underwater camera will helpmillions of divers and non-divers to experienceand see a part of our world which is essential toour survival.And we hope that you will enrich and enlightenyour life by capturing valuable impressions in theunderwater world with your SeaLife Camera. Photo taken with DC800 by Dylan Moore, Key Largo, FLPhoto taken with ReefMaster Mini by Karl Lauderback Let’s dive into some very helpful informationabout underwater photography that will make your journey more enjoyable. Photo by Bernd Rac, Scuba St Lucia    Table of ContentsI. Know your camera settings  II. Underwater basics  a. Light and color underwaterb. Effects of water refractionc. Backscatter or “Marine Snow” III. Two ways to bring colors back into your pictures  a. Using the SeaLife Digital Pro Flash external flash accessoryb. Using Sea Mode underwater color correction IV. How to take underwater pictures without optional External Flash  a. Set the camera’s scene mode to SEA Mode [or Snorkel mode]b. Using the built-in flashc. Adjusting the White Balance setting V. How to take underwater pictures with the optional flash accessory  a. Setting the camera’s scene mode to Ext Flashb. Exposure Control: Adjusting the camera for darker or brighter pictures.c. Exposure control – Adjusting the external flash brightness:d. Using a diffuser for better Close-up picturese. Edge Lighting:f. Color and White Balance when using an external flash accessory VI. Focusing tips for taking sharp pictures  VII. Basic tips on taking great pictures  a. Control you buoyancyb. Crystal clear waterc. Shoot up, not downd. Pictures of your buddye. Framing for your subjectf. Silhouettes against the bright water surface VIII. Underwater video  IX. Using SPY mode  X. Take your photography to the next level   I. Know your basic camera settings This guide will teach you the basics of underwaterphotography and how to take great underwaterpictures with your SeaLife camera. Before youstart, you should read the camera’s instructionmanual and become familiar with the basiccamera settings and button controls.Your SeaLife camera includes a printed Englishinstruction manual and a CD with the instructionstranslated in 6 languages – English, Spanish,German, Italian, French and Dutch. You can alsodownload instruction manuals for all SeaLifecamera models from the SeaLife website.Click here for the instruction manual page -SeaLife Underwater Cameras     II. Underwater basics   There are a few important differences between underwater and land photography that you shouldknow.a. Light and Color – Water is about 1000 times denser than air. As you descend deeper into thewater, the light conditions become darker. The water absorbs red, orange and yellow colors,which makes everything look blue.The above pictures demonstrate the effect water has on light and color as depth increases. Thatis why many underwater pictures turn out blue. There are a couple of ways to restore lost colors,which is explained later in this guide.  Fun facts: Coral, sponges and mostother underwater sea creatures areactually very colorful. Brilliant reds,vivid orange and bright yellows highlightthe underwater world. These red,orange and yellow colors actually helpto camouflage the sea creatures. Sincered and yellow colors are absorbed bythe water, the sea creatures appearcolorless unless you bring a flashlightwith you and uncover the hiddentreasure of colors.
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