Things to try in the pool

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills The Big Project -

1 Sur­face re­flec­tions

Seen from be­low, the sur­face cre­ates beau­ti­ful re­flec­tions of your sub­ject, so try shoot­ing with an up­wards an­gle. Get in close to the sub­ject with a widean­gle lens, too, as the fur­ther away you are, the more in­ter­fer­ence there will be from the wa­ter.

2 Work the poses

Pos­ing un­der­wa­ter takes some get­ting used to. You don’t want the sub­ject to look as if they’re hold­ing their breath, and ide­ally you want their eyes to be open. Try ask­ing them to swim to­wards you, or cap­ture a side-on, sink­ing pose like this.

3 Bring floaty out­fits

The out­fits we used are all made of re­ally light material. Not only does this give them an ethe­real, flut­ter­ing qual­ity, it means they won’t weigh down the model. Some ma­te­ri­als like silk can be ru­ined by the wa­ter, so look for syn­thetic chif­fon, net­ting and light polyester.

4 Try a dive

A dive from the side of the pool can look fan­tas­tic when seen from un­der the wa­ter. Here our video ex­pert Pete took the plunge. When the sub­ject is com­ing to­wards you fast like this it’s eas­ier to pre-fo­cus on a spot, then fire when they reach it.

5 Bil­low­ing bub­bles

Ask your un­der­wa­ter model to plunge down from out of the wa­ter to cre­ate beau­ti­ful trails of back­lit bub­bles. Our model Cather­ine found that it worked best to sink down first, then to break the sur­face of the wa­ter with her arms and drag down­wards.

6 On the sur­face

As well as tak­ing pho­to­graphs un­der the wa­ter it’s also worth try­ing a few shots on the sur­face, or per­haps with the sub­ject half-in, half out. This shot also gives you an idea where our Speed­light is placed for the back­light­ing that you can see in some of our shots.

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