Veined Octopus with Ba opt

Muck sites might not seem like the ideal location to produce stunning images but these simple tips will help you take home memorable photographs nonetheless

1 The Subject

Look for subjects that are above the sandy bottom. They are more easily separated from a dull brown background that is common in muck environments.

2 Colour

Look for colour that you can incorporate into the image, either the subject itself or a background element, such as the green of sea grass beds, the purple of an anemone or even a brightly coloured piece of rubbish laying on the bottom.

3 Backgrounds

If your subject is sitting in front of a distracting background, try opening up the aperture to create a blurred effect, letting the subject stand out from its surroundings.

4 The Angle

If you subject is situated in the sand, place your camera in the sand too, so you are shooting level for a more pleasing angle. Shooting downwards can work with some subjects, like stargazers, but in most cases it leads to a distorted view of the creature.

5 The Lens

Give your wide-angle lens a go for a different perspective, instead of sticking to the tried and tested macro lens on every dive. Close focus wide angle shots can look great when the viz is good.


For more information on muck photography read Alex' PhotoPro feature in our October 2014 issue - Now available for FREE!




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