In this ongoing series, we’ll chat with prominent and up-and-coming underwater photographers. Today we highlight Edwar Herreno.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Colombia but now live in southern France. I’m a marine biologist and recreational/technical diving instructor. I was working in that capacity in Cocos Island, Costa Rica for 11 years, living in the country for 15 years in total. My love of diving began in 1996 and I started working as a divemaster in 1998 in Colombia. I shot a lot of wide-angle but now I shoot macro every time I can.
How long have you been an underwater photographer?
I started to take underwater pictures in 1998 but in 2008 I bought my first DSLR camera.
What got you interested in underwater photography?
I wanted to show people the beautiful underwater world, especially those who may not get a chance to see it firsthand. I also try to raise awareness about ocean conservation.
What’s your favorite style of underwater photography?
I love wide-angle, especially when I’m shooting sharks.
Do you have any favorite subjects?
Sharks — any of them.
Any favorite destinations?
I absolutely love Cocos Island off the coast of Costa Rica. I’ve done over 9000 dives there, but it never disappoints.
What’s your underwater setup?
I use a Nikon D800, Hugyfot housing, and Sea&Sea YS 250 pro lens.
Do you have any tips you can share with new underwater photographers?
When I did my first trip with Stan Waterman I asked him for advice that I also share whenever someone asks: before you take an underwater camera diving, learn about the behavior of the animals you want to shoot.
By guest author Edwar Herreno
For more of Edwar Herreno’s work, please visit his webpage here or follow him on Instagram here.