Capturing Moments Underwater
Memories are created just about anywhere. And when I say anywhere, I mean that memories are even created underwater– so the creation of underwater video camera.
An underwater video camera is not just used to capture underwater memories; some professional marine photographers also use underwater video cameras in their business. Even marine biologists and scientists use underwater video cameras to capture marine life and thus be able to study the life and properties of the marine life. But I think it is safe to assume that you, my reader, are neither a professional photographer nor a marine scientist. Like me, you are just some video enthusiast who wants to capture underwater moments and just cant figure out how without ruining your camera.
Please listen to me when I say that even waterproof cameras can not withstand underwater photography. To be waterproof is to resist the water in certain levels, submerging in under the water to get the perfect shot is like throwing it out of the window expecting a pick-up truck to pass by and run over it.
Now if you’re really serious about using an underwater video camera to capture those funny and wacky moments underwater, I suggest that you buy specialty cameras.
There are rarely underwater video cameras, as cameras are electronic and can not withstand water and water pressure. The closest electronics has ever got to producing underwater video cameras are producing underwater casings for digital cameras. These casing will turn your conventional digital camera into an underwater video camera.
Underwater Video Camera Shooting Tips
If you are shooting with your underwater video camera, you need to take note of a few things to help you come up with the best images underwater.
Remember that as you farther under water, light diffuses. Because of the light diffusion the red spectrum seems darker, this means that your underwater video camera will produce images darker than those images you took while on land– this is. To avoid this, use white balance come up with natural colors. Also, pictures taken underwater will come up larger than pictures taken on land with the same zoom effect. Be sure to check your underwater video camera’s viewfinder to check the right picture angle and size that you want.
An underwater video camera with its built-in flash will produce marine show phenomenon. It is a phenomenon wherein your pictures come out as blurry and with white particles floating above it, to avoid this phenomenon it is advisable to use external flash for your underwater video camera.
Before using your underwater video camera, submerge the camera in the water first for several seconds then check if there are leaks through the case. Make sure that no grain of sand or piece of hair is stuck in between the seal to make sure that water will not permeate the case and thus wet your camera in the process. It is also advisable to put silica gel or two inside the case of your underwater video camera as long as they don’t disturb the camera’s operation. (Silica gel will keep the moisture from forming inside your camera case.).
Most underwater video cameras come with optional lenses. Don’t be afraid to add these lenses to your underwater video camera kit. Macro lenses will help you capture small things without getting too close and startling your subject.
Also, remember to always wash of salt when you’ve used it under salt water. If the salts are not washed off, in time they will crystallize; act as sands and cause leaks for your camera case. In cases when sands seem to get into the case, they are better washed off with streams of water.
Check out Amazon’s website for available underwater cases for your underwater video cameras. Check out our underwater video camera comparison chart.