5 Tips For Pro-Looking Photos From Your Compact Camera System

Underwater, auto exposure modes usually over expose the background, and underexpose the foreground.

 

5 Tips For Pro-Looking Photos From Your Compact Camera System
SHOOT IN RAW MODE
RAW is an uncompressed file format that captures 4000 color tones. JPEG is a compressed format with 256 color tones. Using RAW files gives images greater color depth and smoother gradients, especially in blue water backgrounds. If you can only shoot JPEG, use the highest quality and largest file size possible for best results.

For this stunning image of a green moray eel, Jim Decker used a Canon Powershot G16 compact camera. Many different manufacturers make housings for this popular model. Using an external strobe really brings back color and contrast to this image.ADD AN EXTERNAL STROBE
Water eats light the deeper you go, and along with it, colors – especially red. Dedicated underwater strobes on articulated, adjustable arms will allow you to properly position your flash to avoid backscatter. They will also provide much more light than the internal flash.TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR EXPOSURE
Underwater, auto exposure modes usually over expose the background, and underexpose the foreground. If your camera doesn’t have a manual exposure mode, us the “P” mode (program auto) and set your ISO to 100. Use exposure compensation (the +/- button on the camera) to darken the background and create better contrast.

Canon PowerShot G16 Compact Camera
Canon PowerShot G16 Compact Camera
Sony Cyber-shot Compact Digital Camera RX100 Mark II
Sony Cyber-shot
Compact Digital Camera
RX100 Mark II


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