Back Button Focus

Text and images by: Todd Winner Back button focus first appeared on Canon SLR film cameras over 20 years ago. Pro photographers wanted a way to separate the Auto focus function that is typically connected to the shutter release. Most DSLR, mirrorless, and even some compacts are capable of back button focus either through a…

Top 5 Tips for Shooting Nudibranchs

Text and photography by: Todd Winner Lets face it, underwater photographers are obsessed with nudibranchs and California has more than its share of the colorful sea slugs. But how can we create images that stand out from the crowd? Below are five of my favorite techniques for producing stunning nudibranch images. Interesting Backgrounds: One of…

Top 5 Tips for New Underwater Photographers

By Michael Zeigler We’ve all done it. We get home after a long trip abroad or after a few dives on a local dive boat, we upload our photos, and… *dang it.* “Had I only been closer and spent more time with that *insert awesome subject*, that shot would have been perfect!” Underwater photography is…

Shooting Underwater Silhouettes

Underwater silhouettes are easy to achieve and can produce stunning images for your portfolio. They can either be the main subject in your image or used as secondary points of interest with a strobe lit foreground. Either way, adding silhouettes into your shooting style will help elevate your wide angle images. There are two main…

California Nudibranchs

By Todd Winner  Photography by Todd Winner and Michael Zeigler   When it comes to small colorful marine animals, it’s hard to compete with nudibranchs. Often referred to as sea slugs, nudibranchs have been described as some of the most beautiful creatures in our oceans. With thousands of different species throughout the world, there seems…