Look­ing to ex­plore a new pho­tog­ra­phy style? To­bias Friedrich tells of how he stum­bled upon the bub­ble bokeh ef­fect, and shares some tips on how to achieve this dreamy look

Scuba Diver Australasia + Ocean Planet - - Uwphotography - By To­bias Friedrich

Un­der­wa­ter photographers are con­stantly look­ing for new tech­niques and styles to im­press. With the tech­nol­ogy avail­able in today’s dig­i­tal age, any­one can eas­ily cre­ate stun­ning images by ex­per­i­ment­ing with cam­era set­tings and photo-edit­ing soft­ware. While this is won­der­ful in cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for as­pir­ing photographers, a sat­u­ra­tion in photo cre­ativ­ity has been reached, and find­ing fresh ideas has be­come dif­fi­cult.

To win un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tions, copy­ing the styles that oth­ers have cre­ated won’t win you first place. A repli­cated style will not im­press judges and view­ers who have al­ready seen sim­i­lar images – the ef­fect would sim­ply not be the same. So how can we get new ideas or in­spi­ra­tion? This is ac­tu­ally the hard­est but most cre­ative part of un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy.

A pair of clown­fish (Am­phiprion ocel­laris) with bub­ble bokeh back­groundABOVE RIGHT

ABOVE Back­lit seahorse with bub­ble bokeh back­ground

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