Underwater photography during a Liveaboard:
If you are a photographer and your aim is to capture the world under the sea then you must have faced some difficulties during liveaboard. In those trips, photographers are considered as outcasts, lugging around a bulky camera with strobes and lights, getting dropped by the group while we frame a shot, scolded by the divemaster for not keeping up, and flying home with less than ideal shots. Yeah, every photographer on board must have faced such a situation.
If you liveaboard with photographers, or better yet, a photo group with an operator that caters to photographers, you know you’re in good hands. The liveaboards make customizations to their dive plans and facilities in order to make things easy-going, convenient, and streamlined for photo and video shooters.
Now below I am going to discuss some of the tips that will make your diving and liveaboard trips convenient and smooth for you as a photographer as well as your equipment to handle:
- Charging Stations for All:
These charging stations are built on the dive deck so that divers can get their batteries charging without having to change out of their wetsuits to enter dry areas during surface intervals. Air blowers are readily available for drying camera rigs before opening them up. Each station has plenty of chargers – enough for all the lights, strobes, and camera batteries we travel with.
- Skiff’s Camera Storage:
In open ocean areas, this is important so that divers can pad their cameras from the bumps of surface chop. The extra space also means that your dive buddy’s fin won’t get stuck in your sync cords when they back roll off the skiff.
- Photo Equipment Guides and Staff:
Working with dive staff and guides who know photo equipment helps you rest at ease during a trip. You can giant stride into the water knowing that they will grab your rig by the handle and not the fiber optic cord, set the camera somewhere safe after the dive, and look out for many other small things that could trigger floods, scratches or other damage. Good boat staff has sharp eyes that can even save your dive. They might remind you that the lens cap is on or that you forgot your focus light on a macro dive. This is a huge help when trying to maximize the photo opportunities on every dive.
- A Photo Friendly Dive Destination:
It goes without saying that as a photographer you’ll bring home more images at a subject-rich destination. Macro critters are reefs that are fairly consistent, but big animal hotspots can be hot or cold. It pays to do your research and speak to experts to make sure you’re visiting during the best season for the encounters you have in mind, whether whales, mantas, sharks, schools of fish, or any other big animal. When the dive site is at its potential you’ll reap the rewards… and be able to show the evidence to your friends!
- Best overall camera for a liveaboard trip :
1.GoPro hero 8 / Hero 9 in 2021
The GoPro HERO 8 is built up to the company’s usual rugged standard and can take quite a beating. It is waterproof up to 30 ft without housing and up to 130 ft with housing. The Hero 8 benefits from an enhanced user interface that would make for optimal video shooting. The auto white balance is improved, and you don’t need a red filter anymore (except for deep-dive + 30m).
It’s the best way to acquire video 4k and 1080 very clear and easy to share on social media.
2.Olympus Tough TG5/TG6 in 2020
It’s the camera we are using! Costly but strong and very easy to use. We recommend it only for taking pictures. The smaller sensor will let you take pretty goods photos but you’ll need to add a lamp! Forget the video during a drift dive, to shaky and not easy at all!
For the tips, we mount a GoPro hero 8 on top of the TG5 to be able to film and shoot!
3.LUMIX LX100 /( LUMIX LX100 II best underwater compact in 2020)
It’s been selected and is the most famous underwater best compact until 2019. It’s a super deal if you are able to find it. It’s an amazing 4 third sensor, which means it is perfect in low light condition. Especially when we are diving, the light is our problem so this one will help to get a very nice result. We always advise you to add a lamp with your camera (even the GoPro)
This camera is very fast and the Leica lens renders some pretty photos. Wide-angle and Macro shots are very good.
No matter which camera you use, onboard Vaiatea Liveaboard, a room is specially dedicated to the maintenance and storage of your photo equipment with storage bins, sockets to never run out of battery as well as a sink just to rinse your equipment after a dive.
So don’t wait any longer and book now your cruise aboard Vaiatea Liveaboard to discover the best of what Indonesia has to offer.