Be the champ! – People
Appeared in DIVER December 2012
Most of our covers feature people – the magazine is called DIVER, after all. People can be relied on to turn up under water, even if the wildlife doesn’t, but taking their pictures isn’t all straight shooting, says ALEX MUSTARD
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Diver shots work best when the diver is either close or far away. When close, eyes are crucial. The diver should face the camera (so that the eyes are lit), but look at the main subject (to reinforce interest in it). Taken with Nikon D2X + Sigma 28-70mm, Subal housing, two Subtronic Alpha flashguns, f/7.1 @ 1/60th, ISO 100.
Even as a silhouette, a diver adds a sense of ‘that could be me’ and visual depth to a reef scene. Taken with Nikon D4 + Nikon 16mm, Nauticam housing, Subtronic Alpha and Inon Z240 flashguns, f/14 @ 1/320th, ISO 400.
The best divers tend to make the best subjects. Looking elegant in the water and having buoyancy skills means that they can hold position without stirring up the sediment. Taken with Nikon D700 + Sigma 15mm, multiple flashguns, f/13 @ 1/80th, ISO 400.