Underwater portraiture is a gorgeous medium with many elements to contemplate that may’t be addressed inside a single put up. So, we’ll begin off right here by specializing in one side: directing the sunshine. Similar to above water, the course and high quality of the sunshine dramatically change the look of the portrait.
Underwater strobes and lights get costly and require particular digicam housings to really be efficient. I’ve seen ingenious methods to get strobes fired from above the pool to be mirrored down into the pool. These is usually a novel, however troublesome answer with out tools specifically designed for it. Nevertheless, an easier answer is to make use of the facility of the solar to our benefit in lighting our underwater portraits.
As photographers, we frequently crave the Golden Hours of dawn and sundown, for good motive. The sunshine is tender, and the low lengthy shadows and softer heat mild can be utilized to nice impact. This occurs to translate into the underwater atmosphere as nicely. It’s the best time of day to work because it supplies probably the most management over the lighting.
For underwater images, we are able to use this to our benefit in a means that’s distinctive. This is because of how the sunshine bounces when it hits the water’s floor. I need to management the sunshine for a portrait even when taking pictures underwater. I don’t like having the solar hitting the floor of the water instantly, inflicting refractive patterns that scatter the sunshine. This occurs when the solar is shining instantly on the floor of the water and is disturbed by way of waves, splashes, and even slowly transferring round within the pool.
The sunshine can hit the pores and skin in unflattering methods which are troublesome to regulate, even when the result’s as stunning because the picture on the fitting reveals. So, for the left picture of the bride we waited till the solar was low sufficient on the horizon that the pool was totally within the shade. I needed that tender mild. I actually can get a improbable picture with simply the tender mild from the shaded pool. It creates a dreamy look, virtually ethereal.
So as to add dimension, and depth that comes from a extra directed mild, I would want so as to add mild to the underwater atmosphere. On this case, it comes from a large reflector (4 ft by 8 ft). My assistants and I are directing the solar on her making a highlight of bounced mild. Usually, if we’re going by way of a images catalog, a reflector that measurement could be prohibitively costly.
Discount priced tools
Nevertheless, house enchancment shops usually have “images” tools for a bargain-basement worth. A chunk of froth insulation paneling with a silver reflective floor in quite a lot of thicknesses is lower than $15. It’s massive, it’s cumbersome, however it’s mild and disposable (or will be saved to your subsequent challenge). You may’t do that alone. It isn’t a solo endeavor, however with two assistants on the facet of the pool, holding the reflector we’ve got a movable highlight to direct on the topic, controlling the sunshine.
These assistants are actually “voice-activated mild stands” and should transfer and shift the reflector relying on the place I need the sunshine to fall. Nevertheless, it’s definitely worth the effort as a result of the silver panel creates a gorgeous heat and glow that’s laborious to match.
Thanks, Carrie Mundy and Brett Lind for your whole underwater help, encouragement, and recommendation. Underwater images actually is a group effort.
So, my recommendation, if you wish to kick your underwater pictures up a notch, use this golden hour to your benefit. As soon as the pool is in shade, however the solar has not fully set, mirror the sunshine that’s out there throughout that golden hour. It’s a enjoyable and easy answer that may take your underwater pictures to the following degree.