Why Bother you may ask

Colour of the water, the angle of the lens, composition, lighting angles can all be confirmed and vindicated in the time it takes your eye to observe and evaluate the LCD. I take the view that the ability to visualise is still important to the digital user.

My reasons are that both above and below water, there are some users who neglect to take proper care with framing, composition, lighting, etc.

The beauty of instant review and unlimited frames continues the tendency to make some users a little sloppy.

We've all done it at sometime:

• I'll crop the composition in computer,

• I can adjust the lighting in levels and curves,

• I will boost the colour using the Saturation tool,

• No need to worry about backscatter, I will clone it out in Photoshop.

I know you've heard this countless time before, but it's good to get the best possible result in-camera and resist the attitude just to snap away and do all the corrections on computer at a later date.

fig. 5.28 This Lightroom 2 screenshot shows how the idea was progressed.

fig. 5.27 (Opposite page)

Nikon D300, Tokina 10—17 mm at the 10 mm end, f11 at 1/90th sec, ISO 200, one Inon Z240 flashgun (the other turned to Off). Whilst this red balled up anemone was excellent potential, the problem I had was the inability to get my eye behind the housing viewfinder to compose the picture. It was inaccessible. However I was able to place the housing beneath the anemone and 'shoot from the hip'. I took a few shots, checked the LCD and visualised what could be obtained from the elements of the scene, i.e the red anemone, the Clown, the background reef and the blue water under-surface 2 m above me. First I turned one flash to 'off' and positioned the second to light the anemone without illuminating too much of the background reef. Secondily I prefocused and locked off my lens to about 20 cm. I wanted to surround the anemone with the unlit shape of the reef behind to create a kind of layered effect. I worked the subject until I had perfected my 'blind' composition. I then pressed the shutter when the Clown appeared to be looking into my dome — the ideal 'peak of the action'.

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