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Things to try in the pool
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.