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
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?