VIP Member Video Tutorial Series

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.

See all the videos and VIP Membership details.

Autofocus & Focusing
Image Exposure
General Photo Tips


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
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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.

Watch Autofocus Part II

Back Button Focus Explained
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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.

Watch Back Button Focus Explained

Image Exposure

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
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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.

Watch Exposure & Your Histogram

Ambient Light – Camera Settings (Part I)
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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.

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Ambient Light – Lenses and Dome Ports (Part II)
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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.

Watch Ambient Light Lenses & Dome Ports

In-Camera Highlight Alerts
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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.

Watch In-Camera Highlight Alerts

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
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Length – 8:08: Learn how to shoot underwater sunbursts with these tips, including camera settings and strobe techniques.

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3 Nudibranch Photo Tips
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Length – 3:03: This episode shares three fundamental macro photo tips, but specifically addressing one of our favorite subjects – nudibranchs!

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5 Tips for Fast Subjects
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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.

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Stability Secrets for Macro
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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.

Watch Stability Secrets for Macro

Red Light, White, & Cephalopod Eyes
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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!

Watch Red Light, White, & Cephalopod Eyes

Interested in More VIP Member Videos?

Check out the videos in these categories:

Lightroom Editing Video Series

Image Review Video Series

Brent Durand

Professional writer and underwater photo instructor. Brent is an avid diver and surfer, and has led many intensive photo workshops around the world.