What stills equipment do you use?
Underwater I use a Panasonic GH5. While this camera is ideal for video, it is also a good option for photography. Rather than have two systems for each I like to have one that can do both underwater. On land I switch to my Canon R5 - it’s a workhorse!
What do you look for when shooting underwater?
Ambient lighting is the number one thing I look for while diving. In the cooler, darker waters of Canada I often choose to shoot on sunny days. In tropical blue water destinations I prefer to shoot during magic hour. I like to shoot in shallow water, often near cliffs and natural surface objects like tall trees or rock formations, these can help create light beams in the water that lead to an interesting subject.
What makes a good underwater image?
Good lighting, a strong point of focus, and vibrant colours are the three things I try to capture underwater. A shot with theses elements, plus marine life in its natural habitat is absolutely perfect.
What do you enjoy about shooting underwater?
I’m drawn to the 360 degree environment. It's fun but also presents many challenges, like reduced visibility, strong currents, equipment challenges, temperature considerations, and lighting conditions. Everything works against you underwater, making it difficult to capture good images, but I’m absolutely hooked and love it all!
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The Canon R5 is my preferred stills camera on land. It captures wildlife with stunning detail and clarity. It's also a workhorse that can withstand weeks of cold weather and hide work, with a ton of great lenses covering all the nature and wildlife needs a client may have.
Underwater my stills camera is the Panasonic GH5 in an Aquatica housing - a versatile and robust system for every scenario. I use Light & Motion Sola Video Pro 15,000's, they produce a beautiful even light with a great colour temprature.