Keeping Color in Your Underwater Images

One of the more difficult parts of underwater photography is getting the color right. But there are some techniques to help you get the most out of your underwater images.

Like all types of art, underwater photography is subjective. Some like the natural blue tones found in ambient or natural light photography. In contrast, others prefer bringing out the amazing colors found on delicate soft corals and sponges illuminated by artificial light. Whatever your preference, understanding how best to achieve your desired outcome will save you precious time while diving in search of perfect underwater images.

In this video, I lay out several techniques that I use to achieve the super-colorful look. While this is not my preferred style of photography, I do occasionally use these techniques to achieve what I like to call the “scuba magazine” look. This look includes vibrant, rich, colors framed in a deep blue background. And the good news is, it’s super easy.

By guest author Jason Washington

Jason Washington is the managing director of iDive Global Ltd. and the co-owner of Ambassador Divers, a PADI Five Star facility located at the Comfort Suites Resort on Seven Mile Beach. Jason has lived and worked on Grand Cayman as an underwater photographer/scuba instructor for the past 22 years. His work has appeared in numerous documentaries and feature films. He was a 2017 honoree of International SCUBA Diving Hall of Fame. Follow @CaymanJason on Instagram for more underwater photography tips and tricks.