Blue water backgrounds

Question: How do we get the water to look so blue in wide angle pictures?

Answer: To record the colour of blue water in the tropics, or green water in more temperate regions, we use combinations of shutter speed and aperture. If we select an ISO of 200, a shutter speed of 1/250th second and a small aperture of f22 and point a camera horizontally into the blue water at a depth of 10 to 15 metres, the outcome is a black or very dark blue background. All we have achieved with these camera settings is to allow too little light onto the camera sensor for us to record the water colour as it appears to our eye.

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