Pool por­traits

James Pater­son dives into un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy and teaches you how to cap­ture great swim­ming pool shots on a bud­get

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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.

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