There really isn’t anything better than a GoPro when it comes to documenting your scuba trip. A GoPro can give you peace-of-mind in knowing that you don’t have to worry about water leaking into your camera and destroying your images, but also confidence that you aren’t sacrificing high definition and overall image quality for durability. The GoPro can do it all, but with the help of a few tips and tricks and maybe even some accessories, you will be able to capture the majestic of the sea.
Some common issues that divers run into with their camera while they are under water is stabilization. Waves, currents, and not enough grip is a common reason that cameras get dropped while swimming around. Wearing a camera strap doesn’t solve the issue since there isn’t weight to hold it down while you are several meters below the surface. A tripod would be a nightmare trying to set up, and it also is too lightweight to be able to give you the stabilization that you need. A better solution is to use a stabilization tray. The camera hooks to the center with a mount. The screws are large enough to be able to tighten up and loosen while you are under water, even if you are wearing gloves. On either side of the mount is a handlebar with grips resembling handlebars of a bike. Underneath it all? A metal stabilization bar to give you a little weight to stand against currents and waves. Using a stabilization try will allow you to capture a smooth video that accurately portrays how effortlessly one can just glide through the water.
Another common issue that divers complain of is the color of their image. Most images and videos will appear to have a green or blue hue to them, and they just don’t look the way you remember seeing it. There are several ways to correct this issue. The most expensive way is to purchase a color correction software and an underwater flash. This could easily cost you thousands of dollars, but you will get the results you are looking for. The cheaper alternative that can give you the same results are with gopro filters. Using a red filter can help correct colors below the surface and create the sharper image you are looking for. The reason a red filter is used as opposed to the blue filters we use above the surface is because of the way light refracts as soon as it hits the surface. When light comes through the water, it starts to fade the deeper you dive. The first colors that seem to disappear in this process are your reds and yellows, so all that is left are the greens and blues. Using a red filter helps restore what was lost, but the key is lighting. You will want to dive on sunny days to ensure you have the most light possible when you are diving.
Once you have learned a few of the basic tips from the pro divers, you will be able to start shooting magnificent videos on your next scuba trip. With a little help from some accessories, you will be able to get a video that captures the beauty below the surface.