Sealife SL736 Digital Camera User Manual

Great Underwater Pictures Made Easy >>
Taking underwater pictures is much different that taking land pictures. Here are
the most important tips to taking great pictures underwater:
1. 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 (18 m), you should keep your shooting distance
to within 6 feet (1.8m). Using the SeaLife Digital Pro Flash will reduce the
“backscatter” effect. If you are not using the external flash accessory, Keep
the camera’s onboard flash turned OFF.
2. Stay within the ideal shooting distance of 2 to 6 feet.
The ideal shooting distance is between 2 to 6 feet (0.6 to 1.8 meters). This
distance will result in detailed, colorful pictures. Remember that light does
not travel very far underwater, so the closer you are to your subject the
more colorful the pictures will be. For best most colorful pictures, we advise
using the optional SeaLife Digital Pro Flash (item # SL961).
3. Move calmly and control your buoyancy before taking a picture.
It is very hard to take good pictures when you are moving. Look around
for great picture opportunities. First, position yourself at the best angle
and neutralize your buoyancy. Second, use the LCD monitor to perfectly
frame your subject, check your shooting distance and keep the camera
steady. Third, be calm and patient: Sometimes you have to wait a little bit
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.