F8 1 Metre Be There

There is a well-known maxim In photography, which says. 'f8 at 3 feet and be there'. Whilst many of us will remember 3 feet, for the purpose of this example I shall use the equivalent—one metre. With the latest digital SLRs and compacts cameras, sophisticated metering systems, and multi powered flash units, how can this adage be meaningful by today's standards of underwater photography? Is it relevant? What does it mean? I for one believe it is extremely relevant, particularly to beginners. F8 at one metre is all about a 'catch all situation'. Let's look at it in detail.

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