Hints & Tips
- Number one on the list is to make sure you’re in control of your buoyancy at all times.
- If you’re trying out a new system for the first time take great care, especially among fragile reef systems and think about checking it out in the pool first.
- Always make sure your camera is steady by keeping it close to your body.
- A good rule of thumb for successful filming is to take three basic shots: an establishing shot, a medium shot and a close-up and don’t be afraid to look for different angles of the same subject.
- Don’t shoot ad hoc, but attempt to tell a story by including surface shots of the immediate area, such as divers kitting up and entering/exiting the water.
- Just as with underwater stills photography, the less water you have between yourself and the subject the better so get close and closer still.
- Research your subject. For example, is there a particular time of day or state of the tide when feeding behaviour is most likely to occur.
- Avoid shooting downwards as it gives a flat uninteresting viewpoint. Shoot horizontally or slightly upwards for a more dynamic look.
- Use white balance, especially when using ambient light. With increasing depth colour absorption is quite dramatic so readjust every metre or so.
- Don’t record while zooming. Choose a focal length and stick to it to make for a much easier and more professional edit.
- Count to ten! Nobody likes to endure minute after minute of continual footage so, unless something absolutely incredible is happening, shoot in ten-second bursts.
- Don’t chase your subject. Finning at speed behind some fast-moving critter stresses both animal and diver. Relax and observe and let the action come to you.
- Always respect the marine environment.
We have had some of our videos and photos feature on BBC Wales , BBC One show, BBC Spotlight, Sea search and Natural England. You can see the short film by Natural England below
Below are some of the short films we have made showing the use of different equipment and techniques for dynamic filming right through to editing.
This Truk lagoon film has featured on Scuba Diver as video of the week ! It is also being used by a dive travel company in Norway.
The Manacles film was a short fast edit to help out with the MCZ cause.