Models and Modeling Underwater

Models and Modeling Underwater

When I first started photographing the world underwater, I hoped to capture my dive buddy interacting with the environment.  But every time I pointed the camera in his direction, he would wave, give me a “thumbs up,” or take out his regulator and smile.  I soon realized that he had no idea what I wanted from him and I began to communicate to him, before we entered the water,  how I wanted him to behave for the camera.  It didn’t…

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Gizmos and Gadgets for Creative Underwater Photography

Gizmos and Gadgets for Creative Underwater Photography

Our watery world holds the heart of many a scuba diver whether it be the thrill of breathing under water, the excitement of encountering a wild animal, or the fascination of seeing strange and unusual critters.  For me, the ocean had me at my first nudibranch on my first dive.  What the heck was that weird, colorful wormy thing?  Since then, I have devoted hundreds of dives to searching out and photographing the tiny critters in the world’s oceans.  This…

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How to mask and make local adjustments using the Brush Tool in Lightroom

How to mask and make local adjustments using the Brush Tool in Lightroom

Have you ever wished you could make precise adjustments to your images in Lightroom?  This tutorial will show you how to make adjustments to a portion of your image using the adjustment brush and the auto-mask feature in Adobe Lightroom. Subscribe now! As always, if you enjoy my images please visit my website, waterdogphotography.com, or give me a like on Facebook at Waterdog Photography Brook Peterson.  Don’t forget to follow me here at waterdogphotographyblog and please feel free to share on Facebook or other…

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And the Winner Is…Tips for Choosing Award Winning Images

And the Winner Is…Tips for Choosing Award Winning Images

Competitions are a great way to find out how you measure up to all the great photography out there.  Competitions are also a good way to get you some recognition for your work by getting your name out there among other members of the underwater photography community. Having a good understanding of what makes a good image is critical to being a top notch photographer, but it is also important to remember that some aspects of the judging process are…

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Picture Perfect: What Makes a Good Image Great

Picture Perfect: What Makes a Good Image Great

When I was a new underwater photographer, I entered a contest online that had the theme, “Schooling Fish.”  I had a few images of schools of fish, so I entered two that I thought were pretty good, and since the contest limit was three images, I threw in the only other image I had of schooling fish, which I didn’t think was very good.  As it turns out, I won first place with that image.  Since it was an online…

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Five Tools for Creative Shooting on Shipwrecks

Five Tools for Creative Shooting on Shipwrecks

Scuba diving is an adventure and there is something about diving on a shipwreck that awakens the little kid in me.  Maybe it is the mystery of the ship’s sinking, or maybe the fantasy that there will be a hidden treasure chest, or maybe it is even a sense of the wandering spirits who are forever trapped in their watery grave. Whatever I am feeling as I explore a shipwreck, I want to capture that moment in my photography.  But…

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How to Shoot Fish in a Barrel

How to Shoot Fish in a Barrel

One of the great things about photography is the ability of the photographer to express their creativity.  Sometimes creativity is inspired by the “moment” or the “environment” and sometimes that creativity is painstakingly thought out.  On a recent trip to Southeast Asia, a dive guide who was not a photographer had creativity coming out his ears, so his ideas and mine became a collaboration in creativity. Deep inside the barrel of a tube sponge live tiny critters such as isopods…

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