Raja Ampat is one of the most stunning places on earth for underwater photography. There is truly nothing quite like it – through the lens, you can capture the mesmerizing colours, shades and shapes that hardly exist anywhere else in the world.
In this breathtaking underwater realm, the rarest and the most fascinating and beautiful sea creatures come out to play. With Mikumba Diving, you can observe them and take home gorgeous stills, videos, and memories from an underwater photography Raja Ampat trip.
An underwater photoshoot in Raja Ampat means you’re taking underwater photographs in one of the most biodiverse locations on earth. It would surely be an accomplishment for any aspiring underwater photographer.
How Do You Do Underwater Photography?
Underwater photography is a skill that takes time to perfect. It is a combination of technical skills, diving expertise, and a keen eye for composition. Here are some tips to perfect your underwater photography skills so you can take amazing pictures while diving in Raja Ampat.
1. Get The Right Equipment
Before diving in, be sure you have all the right equipment you need to take with you into the depths below. This could include an underwater camera or a camera with a waterproof housing. You’ll also need supporting equipment to keep your camera from floating away like a lanyard, a camera tray, or a head or chest mount. Learn more by checking out our post on The Right Camera For Diving, A Guide To Choose A Right One.
2. Learn The Basics Of Photography
If you’re just starting on your underwater photography journey, then it would be a good idea to learn the basics before diving in. Information can be found in diving magazines and the internet, or you can simply enrol in an underwater photography course. It’s important to learn about underwater composition while paying special attention to the rule of thirds, leading lines, and negative space. You’ll learn how to adjust your camera’s settings to compensate for the absorption of light by water and how to focus underwater in low-light conditions. You will also learn about your camera’s White Balance settings so your photos won’t appear too blue or too green.
3. Practice Buoyancy Control
It’s important to maintain a stable position while you’re in the water. It would be difficult to take good underwater photos while trying to swim against the current, sinking too deep, or rising to the surface. Use a buoyancy compensator (BCD) to help you neutral buoyancy while in the water.
4. Get As Close To Your Subjects As You Can
Remember that water absorbs warm colours, such as red, orange, and yellow. As a result, underwater images tend to have a bluish or greenish cast, especially as depth increases. To avoid this, get as close to your subject as you possibly can – the less water there is between you, the better.
5. Take Your Time
When photographing wildlife be it land animals, birds, or marine creatures, remember to adopt a calm and patient approach. Sudden movements and hurried actions can startle the sea creature, causing it to flee or hide, leading to missed photographic opportunities.
Instead, move slowly and deliberately, allowing the marine creature that you’re eyeing to become accustomed to your presence. Patience is key in underwater photoshoots!
6. Join A Raja Ampat Liveaboard Trip
If you want an immersive experience that combines underwater photography with diving in Raja Ampat dive sites, then a Raja Ampat liveaboard trip is your best bet yet. A liveaboard like Mikumba Diving Jelajahi Laut lets you easily access Raja Ampat dive sites without having to embark and disembark multiple times throughout the day. Staying on a liveaboard means you can maximize your dive time as you will be based directly on the water. You won’t be bound to a boat schedule so there is more flexibility with dive times allowing us to avoid the crowds.. Click here to read our blog post about Raja Ampat Diving with Jelajahi Laut.
What Is Raja Ampat Underwater Life Famous For?
Raja Ampat is most famous for its astonishingly rich waters, teeming with over 75% of the world’s marine species, 550 different species of corals, 700 species of molluscs, and over 1600 species of reef fish as well as several different shark species, sea turtles, manta rays, schooling fish and reef-building corals. Thanks to its location in the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat has been recognized as one of the world’s best diving destinations, outranking even the Great Barrier Reef among the best diving sites in the world by PADI.
Underwater Photography Raja Ampat With Mikumba Diving
Here at Mikumba Diving, we offer a wide range of PADI courses, some based out of our Komodo dive centre, liveaboard Indonesia, and some taught from our Raja Ampat location. The ideal course for aspiring underwater photographers would be the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Course. In this course, you’ll learn how to take underwater photos you’ll be proud to share with others.
You’ll also learn to avoid beginner mistakes and shorten the learning curve with tips from the pros, how to use underwater photography lights (strobes), avoid backscatter, and enhance colour.
The Best Liveaboard For Underwater Photography Raja Ampat
Ready to capture the wonders of Raja Ampat with Mikumba Diving? We’ll take you away on an unforgettable diving and underwater photography adventure with our beautiful boat, Jelajahi Laut, for a Raja Ampat liveaboard experience that you won’t forget.
Built-in 2021, Jelajahi Laut represents a luxurious mid-range liveaboard, featuring six charming air-conditioned cabins, including two with private balconies and all with hot water. Onboard, we’ve created a serene and spacious sun deck, providing the perfect spot to unwind, soak in the sea views, and savour a refreshing drink as you bask in the evening breeze after a day of incredible diving.
Designed by experienced divers, Jelajahi Laut is the perfect liveaboard to explore and capture the beauty and wonder of Raja Ampat dive sites.