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is a fan­tas­tic prac­tice to help pro­mote the need to save ma­rine life – but ag­gres­sive pho­tog­ra­phy, one that in­trudes upon ma­rine life’s wel­fare, can be detri­men­tal to the oceans. Dr Richard Smith brings you 10 fan­tas­tic tips on pho­tograph­ing ma­rine life It’s not worth de­stroy­ing a habi­tat in or­der to get a shot: If it’s not ac­ces­si­ble, then move on

Be aware of your sur­round­ings when you shoot – be care­ful not to dam­age other ma­rine life

Rather than ma­nip­u­lat­ing your sub­ject, ex­er­cise pa­tience and wait for the an­i­mal to move into a beau­ti­ful space. Learn its ter­ri­tory or pre­ferred hid­ing spots to an­tic­i­pate the shot

Al­low your sub­ject to be­come ac­cus­tomed to you be­fore shoot­ing. If they’re re­laxed, they’re more likely per­form nat­u­ral be­hav­iour, which al­ways makes for the best images Don’t touch or move your sub­ject in any way. They are frag­ile and eas­ily stressed. Be­sides, you’ll get bet­ter, nat­u­ral images if they aren’t de­fen­sive

Avoid bright fo­cus lights. Ma­rine an­i­mals are typ­i­cally used to low-light con­di­tions Often as not, there will be only one op­por­tu­nity to catch that mo­ment of fleet­ing an­i­mal be­hav­iour you’re af­ter. Have your strobes set, your set­tings ready, and keep your wits about you

Take time to learn about your sub­ject. Read all you can, ob­serve be­hav­iour, and talk to lo­cal guides who know the species well Don’t take too many shots. Be dis­cern­ing about how you take your pho­to­graphs, and spare the an­i­mal’s reti­nas

Back off from an an­i­mal that is be­com­ing stressed and chang­ing its be­hav­iour

By Richard Smith

Dr Richard Smith

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