This video tutorial series spans all aspects of underwater photography. Officially dubbed the ‘Two Minute Tutorial Series’, these fun, concise and informative videos help take your images to the next level.
The VIP Member series is quickly growing, with hours to tutorials already, and each episode is available for unlimited streaming by itself or as part of the Member subscription.
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TUTORIAL VIDEO SUBCATEGORIES
Be sure to also watch our member videos on Lightroom Editing
and the Image Review Series on composition/lighting.
Autofocus & Focusing
Each of these episodes addresses a different aspect of achieving sharp focus in your camera, whether compact, mirrorless, or DSLR.
I discuss camera settings, customization of features, technical details on how autofocus works, how to coach your camera, tips, tricks, and much more.
Autofocus MiniSeries – Part II
Length – 6:27: Part II of our autofocus mini-series discusses the pros and cons of the different autofocus drive modes, and when to best use each when shooting underwater.
Back Button Focus Explained
Length – 2:32: This tutorial explains the benefits of back button focus, how to configure your camera, and when to use it for best results.
Correct image exposure is fundamental in creating great underwater photos. True, post-processing on today’s cameras can fix photos that otherwise would go right into the trash can, however the best results will still come from properly exposed images.
Mastering exposure will allow you to capture the full range of underwater subjects, from wrecks to reefs to fast subjects. Lastly, special techniques can also allow you to intentionally overexpose or underexpose areas of the frame with a certain post-processing workflow in mind.
Exposure and Your Histogram
Length – 8:39: Judging image exposure through an LCD screen is often very deceptive. This episode discusses the four variables in mastering underwater exposure, while also explaining how to measure them using the histogram. These topics are among the first that should be mastered by all underwater photographers.
Ambient Light – Camera Settings (Part I)
Length – 5:55: Our first ambient light tutorial discusses the best camera settings for shooting ambient light photos. These tips span subjects from shipwrecks to whales to cenotes.
Ambient Light – Lenses and Dome Ports (Part II)
Length – 4:00: Our second ambient light tutorial discusses different lens and dome port combinations, their benefits, drawbacks, and when I like to use each different setup.
In-Camera Highlight Alerts
Length – 5:40: Once you understand how your histogram measures exposure, it’s time to learn about in-camera highlight alerts. This is a useful feature used during image playback that will help you avoid overexposing highlights when lighting tricky subjects.
General Photo Tips
These tutorial videos are mostly a response to your questions about shooting specific subjects, so feel free to contact me with your questions. I may just turn it into a full tutorial!
How to Shoot Sunbursts
Length – 8:08: Learn how to shoot underwater sunbursts with these tips, including camera settings and strobe techniques.
3 Nudibranch Photo Tips
Length – 3:03: This episode shares three fundamental macro photo tips, but specifically addressing one of our favorite subjects – nudibranchs!
5 Tips for Fast Subjects
Length – 6:17: Have you found that your photos of quick subjects are often blurry and out of focus, especially at depth? These tips will help you bring home crisp, sharp images.
Stability Secrets for Macro
Length – 2:56: Underwater macro photo and video can be very challenging. Still photos are very hard to focus, especially when using a diopter. We also don’t want to touch or damage the reef. Luckily, there is a very easy way to capture crisp photos… and even stabile video… without the hassle of setting up an underwater tripod.
Red Light, White, & Cephalopod Eyes
Length – 3:50: I attempted to make a Two Minute Tutorial that was 2 minutes… and failed. This video focuses on cephalopod eyes and how they change with different light!
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