Get the Shot! Underwater macro abstracts

By: Todd Winner Underwater abstracts or detail shots are a fun style to add to your portfolio. Not only can these type of images be stunning but they are a great go to shot when visibility is less than ideal. Underwater abstracts look great printed, especially large canvas or metal prints. They are a nice…

Get the Shot! Macro Black Background

By: Todd Winner The black background macro shot is something every underwater photographer should have in their portfolio. It’s fairly easy to pull off and it produces nice clean uncluttered compositions. We use small apertures and fast shutter speeds to block any ambient light and the subject is 100% strobe lit. The most important ingredient…

Get the Shot! Motion Spin

By Todd Winner The spin shot is one of the easier motion shots to pull off because you create the movement by spinning the camera and not relying on the subject to move though your frame to show motion. It works well with static subjects but I have also used it on sharks and other…

Underwater Macro, Exposer

By Todd Winner I often get new photographers that sign up for a local trip or one of our photo workshops that are struggling to get good underwater macro shots. Nine times out of ten they have their camera set to one of the auto exposer modes. Unfortunately, these rarely work well for macro underwater.…

Creating Seascape Panoramas

By Todd Winner and Michael Zeigler As underwater photographers we spend a lot of time on boats. We often anchor close to beautiful islands and if you’re like us then you can’t resist taking pictures of them. But we found it hard to capture the look and feel of some of the places we visit…

Ladybugs of Komodo

By: Todd Winner Spending an entire dive finding and photographing something the size of a flea is not going to be for everyone. I have wanted to shoot ladybug amphipods since the first image I saw of them and Komodo is known for some of the most colorful ones. My goal was to get some…

Nauticam Multiplier-1

Text and photos by Todd Winner I think most of us who shoot macro underwater with full frame or APS-C cameras are now familiar with the Nauticam SMC-1. It’s a powerful wet diopter that when paired with a macro lens like the Canon 100mm or Nikon 105mm, it can give you a maximum of 2.3X…