Tips for underwater videography.
Learn to capture life below the waves with these helpful underwater videography tips.
Keep the camera steady.
Being underwater might make it easier to avoid traditional camera shake, but all those rolling waves and currents could make your viewers seasick if you don’t hold the camera steady. Like any form of videography, the best way to fight camera shake is to use a tripod.
If you have to follow a moving subject or don’t have a tripod, hold the camera as close to your body as you can. It won’t completely eliminate the camera shake, but it’ll help a lot.
Just keep rolling.
When it comes to underwater videography, the best thing you can do is just keep the camera rolling. You never know what magical creature will show up next. Memory cards are inexpensive and have tons of storage space. Keep recording until you finish the dive. That way, you’re guaranteed not to miss any of the action.
This tip can also help you reduce underwater camera shake. If you find an interesting subject, keep the camera on it for at least 60 seconds. You won’t get 60 seconds of usable footage, but there’s a good chance you’ll have at least a few steady seconds of video.
Edit your footage.
If you keep the camera rolling throughout your entire dive, you’ll have way more footage than you know what to do with. Once you have your multi-hour video of uncut footage, trim it down using a video editor like Adobe Premiere Pro.
Edit out all the downtime and shaky footage, and you’ll have an underwater video that’s bound to amaze.