SHOOT, DON’T KILL

Asian Diver (English) - - Front Page - By Ja­son Is­ley/Scubazoo

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.

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