Photographing sharks
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Photographing sharks

What is your process getting ready for an underwater shoot?

I usually get my gear ready to go the morning of the dive and make sure everything is sealed up good before I even think about getting my dive gear on and getting into the water. The last thing I want to worry about when getting ready to dive is whether or not my camera gear is ready to go, so I try to take care of that before anything else comes into play.

When I first get in the water, I try to do a few test shots and make sure everything is good. I currently shoot only with natural light, so I most of my better shots are taken near the surface. I generally shoot in aperture-priority mode when photographing sharks near the surface, since the lighting conditions can vary greatly depending on where the sharks might be. Factors such as depth and position of the sharks in relation to the position of the sun can result in fairly significant swings in shutter speeds and ISO settings.