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Florida 2020 Here We Come!!

The Underwater Kids Retreat was an amazing opportunity to meet with friends who I not only connect with on photography, on business, but on the specific niche that I adore so very much…these women are amazing. This retreat is something I will be forever grateful I invested in for myself and for my business.

Renee Stengel Photography


Visiting and photographing in the springs for the Underwater Kids workshop was AMAZING. I'm itching to go back! I love underwater maternity and the springs just brought it to a whole new level. 

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

The Underwater Kids Retreat was an amazing experience…Using pool lights and lights from outside the pool, we challenged our artistry and executed our individual visions. This session gave me such a boost of creative energy! I’m practically bursting with ideas for warm-weather underwater shoots here in California…I’m certain there are few places as wonderful as Ginnie Springs, Florida.

Mary Bea Photography

Our hearts are full.

Our first Underwater Kids was such a success that we are booking another one for May 13-16th 2020 in Ocala Florida, where we will again is it the breathtaking Ginnie Springs.

We laughed, we bonded, we brainstormed, we shared our thoughts, experience and ideas. We built community. This is exactly why Underwater Kids was founded. To give entrepreneurs a chance to really explore the niche of underwater child and family photography in a supportive community.

We are grateful and we cannot wait to do it again.

Wont you join us for our Florida Workshop May 13-16 2020?

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Underwater Workshop

Jennifer from Jennifer Kapala Photography here.

I am about to send this session off for printing, and I wanted to share one more. This mom really nailed the pose and the beauty of an underwater session!  Underwater photography sessions are always so much harder than they look and require lots of coaching. At Underwater Kids, we just released some information on an underwater workshop we are hosting in March 2019 in Florida. Guess what?  We will be using real people, not underwater models. If you are a photographer, I am sure you have been to those heavily stylized workshops, with awesome looking models that give you gorgeous portfolio building images, but not practical skills to apply to sessions. Yeah, me too. What did I learn? Not as much as I hoped thats for sure.  I am committed to that not happening, as its especially important when you are interested in adding underwater photography to your business. Your clients come to you with these visions in your head, and its your job to deliver them and keep your client safe. Let us help give you the tools to take your business to the next level by learning how to photograph really clients in real situations, in pools, with lights, backdrops, props and in springs. Capture images that you will you an awesome portfolio, the skills to make that happen every time and ways to apply it to your business.

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Feel free to contact us and ask any questions you have - we hope to see you in March!

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Black and White or Colour?

Which do you usually prefer for underwater photography, black and white or colour ?  I am usually more drawn to the black and white. To me, underwater photography is about so much movement, that black and white just strips it down and simplifies it to just those most intriguing elements of movement.  

Which do you prefer? 

Colour

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or black and white?

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Why?  

What are you going to shoot more of this summer? 

Cheers,

Jennifer

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A little before and after

Its been a while and Amy and I have done some live editing on our IG page (make sure you follow us for it!) but I thought I would share a quick edit here too!  

From me, a good edit like on land, starts with great light. Underwater, great light is much harder to come by, but there are a few things you can think through and really take an image in almost any water. This past weekend I shot in hotel water pool, which is by FAR the grossest to shoot in. BUT it had pretty good light. For starters, the pool was light, so the light that came in was reflected, which helps immensely.  Second, the pool was shallow - water which isn't deep is way easier to get better skin tones in, and easier to work with all around. Third, I used pool lights, which I love using to backlight the subject and take it from here...

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See how gross it is??  Cloudy - full of hockey kids all weekend, so you can imagine what was in that water!  BUT what did I see?  I saw a great pose and loved the bubbles, which I directed him to do, knowing the light would catch them.

In LR I used a preset that I created for this, but essentially, you will want to increase the blacks, pull the shadows and in this case the whites and highlights too.  I used the luminance sliders and played with the blue and aqua hues and colour corrected. All with one click.  

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Its not bad, but to finish it off, I pull my underwater images into Photoshop too. I find thats the way I like to get the deeper and better blues, smooth out the skin and take off more of the cyans you still see in the LR edit. I could have spent longer on the image, but all this took was maybe 5 minutes, which is all I had ;) 

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Enjoy and feel free to ask any questions, or better yet join us on IG!!  Keep practising!  Oh and I took out all of those THINGS in the pool....who knows what they were....

Cheers,

Jennifer

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A Few More Tips - Underwater Self Portraits - Barb Toyama

We wanted to share a few of our favourite underwater self portraits tricks with you too!  So we thought we would devote the next couple of posts to include some of our own images and tips on shooting underwater self portraits!  

First up Barb Toyama

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So what if you’d like to take a self portrait in the water and don’t have a human tripod available? Or maybe you’re in the ocean so there’s nowhere to secure your camera to and use a self timer?

I loved swimming in the ocean while pregnant and knew I wanted to capture this to remember that feeling. So, with my 24mm wide angle lens, I turned my camera/housing around to face me in true selfie-style! I held it out with both hands as far as I could, and used the reflection on the dome port to gauge my composition. Taking lots of shots helps to make sure you capture what you’re going for! I love having this memory hanging on my wall, and winning an award for it was a little cherry on top.

For an ocean selfie with my waterbaby, I took advantage of the housing’s buoyancy and let the camera float at the surface while operating the shutter button with one hand. This is of course limiting in the kind of shots you can get, but it’s about capturing the moment more so than perfection. Because the best photo is the one you actually took, right?

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