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Underwater Photography With Your Olympus Camera

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Techniques For Underwater Photography - Here, we'll discuss what's available from Olympus in terms of waterproof cameras and some tips on getting good shots.

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Photo taken with an Olympus Tough TG-830.

Olympus produce a wide variety of tough and waterproof cameras, which can be used underwater.

Top Tips for underwater photography:

Underwater mode - Most cameras that are able to be used underwater will have an underwater mode. It's a good idea to use this mode when shooting underwater, as it adjusts the white balance and other levels accordingly to produce natural looking shots. Water can distort colours due to the different way that light travels through it.

Change your white balance according to depth - The deeper down you go, the less light is available from the surface and the more the blue cast sets in. Adjusting your white balance accordingly will stop your images looking unnecessarily blue.

Use flash - If your underwater camera has an inbuilt flash, or if you can stretch to a professional underwater flash unit, use it. Flash will help to highlight your subject, as the underwater world can be quite a dimly lit one! Flash will also help in situations where the water is more murky, as shown below.

Get close - You should get as close as possible to your chosen subject, as water can distort the image, and sometimes make them appear fuzzy or unclear. This is again where flash comes in, as it will enable you to use lower ISO due to there being more light.

The eyes have it - If you're photographing marine life, like fish or shrimp, try to focus on their eyes if you can. 

Under water photo
Photo taken with the Tough TG-2.

Olympus cameras that can be used underwater:
can also purchase underwater housing for the PEN series of cameras, including the OM-D, E-PL2 and E-PL5, meaning that you don't have to buy a Tough compact just to have a go at underwater shooting. You can also buy Olympus underwater flash, a wide conversion lens and a whole range of other accessories.

For more information on what's available, visit the Olympus website.

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