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Underwater Videography - Enabling Your Creativity

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In underwater videography natural light is your greatest tool it is the light source by which most videographers work in shallower waters in the tropical blue water seas. You must start to learn how light behaves underwater the forces and physics at work. The first step is by observing, by doing this you can start to understand, the effects of light; to understand whether the light you are looking at is direct or reflected sunlight, where the light source is coming from. However, natural light behaves in many different ways, dependent on the time of day, the weather conditions, the surface conditions and the water conditions. This first H stop series was shot in the mornings on clear bright days, with flat calm seas and very little turbidity in the water. This means that the amount of light penetrating into the water was possibly at one of the greatest levels it could be. When you are dealing with direct strong sunlight, even underwater, the light can be harsh and unforgiving, when it refracts into the water it could adopt an infinite range of characteristics, dependent on the color tone and texture of the surface then when it reflects under the water it once again takes on another infinite range of possibilities.

In terms of the composition of this shot the texture of the rope complements the Blue Spotted Grouper - Cephalopholis cyanostigma; as I pan using a swimming shot, focusing on the eye of the fish.