Very few underwater photographers are lucky enough to live near some critter-filled clear saltwater. Those few are hated by all the rest of us. Kidding, not kidding!
For the majority of us, a trip is involved to get us near the reefs, animals, or backdrops that populate our dreams and inspire us to hone our craft as we work to create the images we desire.
None of these images were created in Caribbean waters, crystal clear cenotes, or shark-filled waters. These were all shot in a swimming pool; with most in my 4-foot-deep backyard volleyball pool.
Shooting in a swimming pool began as basically my school. It has always been a way to test gear, experiment, and really work on all aspects of underwater photography without taking up any of the valuable underwater trip time. Over the years, swimming pool shoots have grown into a fun part of our creative endeavors.
We find inspiration all over the place… from movies and characters to rollers skates or other inanimate objects that spark an idea. Pools allow for a wide variety of experimentation with lighting, backdrops, and give you more control than mother nature will ever allow.
Our basic workflow starts with an idea or vision of an image and then proceeds with the steps and needs to possibly create what we have envisioned. We don’t always create our vision, but every time that the gear is assembled, and theories tested, we become better and more knowledgeable. Doing these shoots add tools to our repertoire that can be used when an opportunity with similar conditions presents itself in the future, in the pool, or out in the wild.
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