Ok, we admit that GoPro is the best thing when it comes to shooting underwater, but that doesn’t mean it can do the impossible, without some help from you.
Some new models give better performances than the older models. For instance, you do need some flat lens for a Hero or a Hero 2 as the standard GoPro housing doesn’t focus underwater.
And…did it ever happen to you to have a photo ruined by some badly placed air bubble? You can avoid this kind of situation by simply spraying the outside of your camera lens or port with liquid that stops your mask fogging up. Any air bubble should be sent to the surface and not ruin your scuba phot shooting.
The simple ways
No matter how good a GoPro might be, it’s still and electronic device and we all know that water and electronics don’t do well together.
So you need to give some waterproof protection to your GoPro (and the scuba accessories that you are using) in case you’re not already using a waterproof compact camera or an SLR in a high end housing. Either way, you still need to check the seals for any signs of dust, dirt, stray hairs or sand every single time you go scuba diving.
A tube of silicon grease is helpful and you have to apply a light coating to any seal. It’s amazing how water finds its way through the smallest obstruction when under pressure and you can avoid this situation with a spray.
Keep in mind though to also rinse off your GoPro and accessories just as well with fresh water after every dive and to never let salt water dry on them.
Scuba diving is one thing and shooting pictures when scuba diving …is something else. The best colors are seen in the first five meters of water, without needing a flash also. Dive in the shallow reefs as you can find amazing marine life hangs out there too. Imagine a sunny day in this kind of scenery!
The deeper you dive, the more the color gets lost (reds are the first to go) as water absorbs light very fast.
But, if there’s no other way and you really must go below five meters, you can get some help from a color correction filter to bring back the reds. This is why you bought the filter in the first place anyway, right?
If you go below 20 meters, you should also add a wide-angle video light for your camera shooting. This way, the saturated color comes back to life in your video.
Maybe you know this by now, but it’s also good to have the sun behind you when taking some photos in order to bring in the full colors.
Even though GoPro is designed to get the widest angle possible, you still might want sometimes to get a close-up. You need to remain patient and get slowly closer to your subject. The closer you get, the clearer, sharper and more colorful your image will be.
Practice makes perfect
Never leave your GoPro unattached to something. Either it’s a wrist strap, mounted or locked onto a tripod, it’s better to have it connected to something as…it’s quite impossible to recover your GoPro from the bottom of the ocean…
As technologies bring daily new things, it’s only natural that your GoPro comes or not with LCD. Even though LCD gives you the best shooting, it also drains your battery really fast. The housing gets warm quickly and some other issues may come along.
You don’t have to be a scientist to know that when you use a battery-powered device underwater some heat appears. As the heat gets sealed in the housing and the GoPro gets in the cold water…it takes only few seconds until everything fogs up and no picture survives. You can solve this by getting some anti-fog inserts (that aren’t low priced at all), or you can also make small squares of chamois leather and leave them inside the housing to absorb the moisture.
Hearing the last of it
The end of the GoPro era is not that far away nowadays as new cameras that shoot underwater are starting to appear on the market. It’s not that they are already better than a GoPro but…it’s sure nice to check the competition before getting a GoPro. Maybe it will make you appreciate even more your GoPro!