Have you ever wondered what you would look like under water? One of the most recent sessions I have done that has garnered a lot of attention is an underwater shoot. This is something that some clients ask me about doing for them, and that I have a lot of fun shooting. Unfortunately, it takes some effort on both our parts and the shoots tend to be longer than those on land or above water.
What do I need to do a shoot like this? For the shoot, we used two inexpensive cameras for the photographs: one film and one digital. I have used cheap disposable cameras for some images in the past, but prefer one notch higher with waterproof point and shoots. Even so, if you are careful, you can get great images from a disposable waterproof camera. I would also like to highly suggest that you use a digital camera. Film processors are getting rarer and rarer. The key to any camera is making sure the camera is waterproof to the depth you want to shoot. Do not just submerge any camera – if you do, it will be the last that camera works. Alternately, you can purchase a waterproof housing for your camera (what I did for my point and shoot film camera) or a similar type of housing. If you do this, make sure you lubricate the seals appropriately at least once per year and double check all seals and latches before each time in the water. All it takes is one failure, and your camera is destroyed. Finally, if your camera takes batteries, have plenty on hand to use when they go dead. I am always amazed at how quickly batteries die in water.
What else do you need? A willing model (an animal, a person, or even an object that is underwater). A pool or some water. If you are the photographer, a goggle or mask of some kind so you can see the camera. And some creativity as you play in the water for a concept. That is about it. Do you need to know anything in particular? Hmm… Not really. It helps for everyone to be comfortable in the water, having extra people around to help if something goes wrong, and both models and photographer being able to hold their breath. I also highly recommend that everyone involved is familiar with the area that is being shot in, and that there be at least one person trained in rescue on the very unlikely event something does go wrong. We always hope and expect that nothing will happen, but there is always a possibility something may. If it does, a little bit of preparation will go a long way to making it a safe shoot.
Now it is time to go out and have fun shooting some underwater images.
The images below are of a recent shoot with one of my favourite models, Mariah. Her twin sister and mother were there at the shoot, too, and I captured a few of both of them, too, although I haven’t posted any images of them (here or elsewhere).
All information and images are ©2012 Don Krajewski on this post.