Ocean Photography: Using Macro Photography in Tide Pools

The use of macro photography in tide pools is necessary to take beautiful ocean photography in these small pools of water. Macro photography refers to close up photography; what you see on the film or digital sensor is similar to the actual size. Tide pools refer to the side of the ocean that is filled with seawater. They usually appear near rocky shores, and inside these tiny pools live plants and animals of many colors and varieties.

What You Need

  • Waterproof camera
  • Tripod
  • Diffuser
  • Lens
  • Chamois
  • Ruler
  • Rubber band
  • Waterproof bag
  • Non slippery boots

Step 1: Pack Camera and Accessories for Ocean Photography

A waterproof camera allows you to take more shots from different angles because you can submerge it below water. Although you may wish to bring some zoom lenses, a macro lens is great for those up close and personal shots. A tripod is very handy when you can't get hold of the camera with your hands, or if you're standing unbalanced on a slippery surface. A chamois is useful for drying any item that you bring that gets wet, while a diffuser is good to take the sheen off the water when you are taking the photograph. You can put all these into a waterproof bag, as you might be carrying it with you all the time.

Step 2: Wear a Pair of Non-Slippery Boots

Non-slippery boots, such as wellington boots, protect your legs from getting wet and keep you from falling and injuring yourself. If you wear other types of shoes, your feet will most likely get soaking wet.

Step 3: Lighting

Check the lighting to avoid pictures taken too bright or too dim. A diffuser will be handy for this purpose. You can choose whether to have the flash on or off, as it is not needed at all times. Make sure your picture stands out from the background.

Step 4: Depth of Field

Depth of field or DOF in photography shows an acceptably sharp focus in part of the scene or object. It would be better if you use less magnification while taking the picture, and crop it. Don't zoom in too much. This will avoid bits of blur images that can spoil the output later. Also, you can crop the photo later on the computer.

Step 5: Gauging the Distance

Sometimes, it is difficult to take pictures of moving things. You will need to set the camera to focus manually. Then, set the focus in the middle of its range. Get a ruler and fix it to the camera by fastening it with a rubber band. Position the camera with the affixed ruler a distance from the surface. You can adjust the distance by sliding the ruler.

Step 6: Adjust Color

Photographed objects must be in the correct color. The best is to have surroundings in neutral colors, from gray to white. There should not be any objects in the background with a stronger color, affecting the actual color of your object to be taken. Check for white balance elements if possible.

Step 7: Proper Exposure

Proper exposure is needed to get the details of the tide pools. It will take time and patience to get the perfect picture. Pictures should never be either over-exposed or under-exposed.

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