Chris­tian Skauge

Scuba Diver Australasia + Ocean Planet - - Ocean Gallery -

“Pho­tograph­ing reef art is in­ter­est­ing and fun – and some­times chal­leng­ing. There are end­less shapes, colours, tex­tures and pat­terns to be found, and the key to get­ting some stun­ning images is to keep an eye open and look for good op­por­tu­ni­ties. This is just as im­por­tant as be­ing a good pho­tog­ra­pher!

You can shoot reef art with a sim­ple com­pact cam­era and strobe, so look closely as you swim by coral, sponges, echin­o­derms, and crus­taceans – get close, and let the sub­ject mat­ter fill the frame.

Aim for clean, strik­ing images and keep the rule of thirds in mind as you shoot. Some­times it takes skill to get close enough, es­pe­cially with fish and other swim­ming sub­jects – but at other times it’s quite easy if you just let your imag­i­na­tion guide you. Take your time, look care­fully for good op­por­tu­ni­ties, get close – and shoot some stun­ning images!”

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