SHOOT, DON’T KILL
Underwater photographers and videographers have the worst reputation, so why not do your bit to change this perception?
WITH ALL THE LATEST technology there has been a huge increase in divers becoming underwater photographers. There is also a corresponding increase in divers advising on what you should and shouldn’t do when taking snaps underwater (the rise of the “underwater police”) so much so that “dive rage” is now not uncommon.
However, when it comes to creature harassment, the line that you cross becomes a personal choice, and most of the time common sense tells you when you are disturbing a subject’s normal behaviour. So, think to yourself – do I really need this shot, and do I need to take 10 or 20 frames?
There are some obvious things that you shouldn’t do underwater, though, listed for you here as a basic guide for best practice.
insist on taking pictures if your subject is inaccessible; add unnecessary stress to an already stressed animal.