It’s obviously not justifiable for those who are starting out in underwater photo to split your bank account to catch a few unforgettable pictures. In reality, most aspiring photographers start out in a waterproof casing with a small compact camcorder or a cell phone. And the fact is that you don’t really need the cream of the crop equipment whenever it comes to taking great pictures underwater. Training, composition, lighting, and post-processing will assist you get the perfect picture shot for a long time.GoPro is arguably one of the market’s most well-known video action camcorders.
This compact, flexible camcorder has both video and picture capabilities and is small and inexpensive. Whenever it comes to action pack sports and rugged outdoor activities, its versatility and ease of use are great. GoPro also has an underwater housing, in addition to being a hardy, easy-to-use camcorder, which allows dive enthusiasts like us to take this little camcorder underwater. For me, clarity is the name of the game whenever it comes to photo, especially whenever diving.
As still photo, I shot the first few dives in Paris and while I got some amazing images taking advantage of the 160o wide-angle lens of the GoPro, I wasn’t in love with the bulk of my pictures. Any subject where you can stand back and photograph a whole scene is really more appropriate for pictorial stills of a wreck or a large tarpon college.
- Know your subject
Wide-angle video is pictured by GoPro camcorders, which means they are much better at catching bigger stuff from a little further away. Whether you are diving with bigger sea animals, videoing amazing under the water topography. If you’re going to do plenty of macro dives and want to video dolphins or catch close-ups of crabs you may be better off investing in another underwater camcorder.
- Keep it steady
I think the most significant factors that separates an excellent GoPro video from a terrible video is the way your hands are steady, as well as setting up your clip. It will be easier if you have good buoyancy; if you move too fast in the water, you will fail to achieve clean video and sharp pictures. When taking videos, it is also essential you move slowly. slow movements in water will avoid bad video, so concentrate on your subject and track it slowly while keeping the camcorder very steady. New models of GoPro released, such as the Hero 7 and Hero 8, have excellent built-in stabilization that will assist with this, but will not compensate for unnecessary camcorder movements.
- Keep it charged
It sounds simple, but whenever thinking about all your other diving equipment, it’s so easily overlooked! Charge your battery the night before, and consider investing in a second battery if your GoPro is a model with a removable battery to be able to hold a completely charged spare and adjust it on your surface interval if you dive more than once. Diving with a completely charged battery would ensure that you can keep your camcorder on standby for the whole dive, as opposed to turning it off and risking missing the act
- Keep it clean
Nothing is more frustrating than shooting a “perfect” movie, then watching the video on a bigger screen and finding that a hair was blurring a portion of your shot in your house the entire time! Bring a lint-free cloth, such as a cleaning cloth for glasses, store it in a dry position (mask boxes are perfect for this) and ensure that whenever you put your camcorder inside, you properly wash the lens of your camcorder as well as the inside and outside of the housing lens.
- Red Filters
A red filter is one of the most common additions to an underwater GoPro setup. Whenever we go deeper underwater, red is the first color we start to lose, so pictures and videos end up washed out in blue tones and missing warmth. Without editing afterwards, a red filter assists to put this back in. If you are just diving in shallow water on well-lit days, you can find that a red filter is excessive and gives a pink-tinge to your pictures and videos that is harder to edit. A magenta filter could be better suited to your needs if your normal dive site is greener than blue.
You now know that whenever capturing video, steadiness is super essential, and a handle will assist tremendously with this. Look for one that is specifically made for underwater use, and then consider investing in a telescopic handle if you want to be able to get into the frame selfie-style.
If you want to take your GoPro video to the next stage, check out set-ups for tray and handle style, which will provide much better stability and give you room if you want to add video lights in the future.
- Be an experienced diver
Before, I said that, and I’ll say it again. No matter which type of camcorder you are using, the number one way to enhance your underwater photo is to be an experienced diver. The elements required for good photo are to gain control of your buoyancy and to learn to move slowly and methodically, but they are also not mastered overnight. You obviously don’t have to wait as long as I did, but to learn these vital skills, do practice and record your final time.
Features of GoPro Hero Black
Excellent image stabilization
Bigger than GoPro Hero 7 and Hero 8
One of the disadvantages is that it is not compatible with older batteries
The GoPro HERO3 is shockproof and waterproof up to 60m. Go pro cameras can handle anything that comes it way thanks to their highly engineered polycarbonate exosketelon housing. It is smaller and lighter and comes with features like built in wireless Fidelity (WIFI). There are plenty of GoPro models around, and choosing the right one can get confusing. GoPro Hero 9 and GoPro Hero pro max have the latest features and I think you should go for that if you can afford it.