Using Flashguns

I learnt my underwater photography in the 1980s using Nikonos cameras, macro tubes, wide angle adaptors and one or more flashguns. Back then I subscribed to the technique of:

Flash away from the camera on a long arm in order to minimise the effect of backscatter. The general premise was that the particles (backscatter) would reflect back towards the flashgun and not into the camera lens.

With the huge advantage of digital capture and instant review it is now generally agreed that this was misconception and in recent years I have radically changed my views on flash techniques. The following discussion and opinions are 'how I do it' and 'how I teach these techniques to underwater photographers' My ideas may not always reflect the methods recommended by other underwater photo educators, so, as always, I encourage you to consider alternative options.

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