James Paterson dives into underwater photography and teaches you how to capture great swimming pool shots on a budget
Use an underwater housing for swimming pool shots of the kids
the best child portraits usually occur when the kids are doing something they enjoy, rather than just being told to pose. Most kids love being in the water, so it’s a great place to get out your camera.
Underwater scenes can be wonderfully vibrant – with rich blue tones, shimmering bubbles and eye-catching reflections on the surface, and then there are the dynamic poses, all made possible by the water.
But the pool can be a perilous place for cameras, so we need an underwater housing. Many might think underwater photography with a DSLR involves using expensive hard cases. But you can get great results with cheaper options, like a soft waterproof bag made by Ewa-marine. The DSLR is sealed in the bag, and controlled through the material.
There are lots of other options for underwater photography, from Go-pros to waterproof phones. However, with a DSLR we can get better image quality, faster focusing and increased low-light performance. We can also set our DSLR up to capture the action with the right exposure settings, focus options and focal length.
So, with a few inexpensive items and some simple techniques we’ll show you how to capture vivid portraits of your kids underwater.