Sealife SL512 Digital Camera User Manual

VII. Great Underwater Pictures Made Easy
Taking underwater images is much different than taking
land photos or video. Here are the most important tips to
taking great pictures underwater:
Crystal clear water
Crystal clear water is essential for good underwater pictures. Tiny
particles floating in the water cause low visibility and poor picture
quality. Avoid stirring up the sandy bottom with your fins. These
floating particles cause small spots to appear in your picture, known
as “backscatter.” Try to limit your shooting distance to 1/10 of the
water visibility. For example, if the visibility is 60 feet (18m), you
should keep your shooting distance to within 6 feet (1.8m).
Get close to your subject
The ideal shooting distance is 1ft to 4ft (0.3 to 1.2 meters). This
distance will result in greater detail. Remember the camera’s
minimum focus range is 12” (30cm). For shooting closer shooting
distances of 6” to 24” (15cm to 60cm), consider purchasing the
optional 10X close-up lens (item # SL570).
Move calmly and control your buoyancy before taking a picture
It’s hard to take good pictures when you are moving. Position
yourself at the best shooting angle and neutralize your buoyancy. Be
calm and patient: Sometimes you have to wait so the fish that were
frightened away come back. Don’t chase the fish, let the fish come
to you. Always be in control of your buoyancy before taking pictures
and observe all safe diving rules.