I got interested in photography through diving. I took a friend diving at Casino Point on Catalina Island. She had an underwater case for her Canon point and shoot camera. At the time I had no idea you could do this. I guess I always assumed underwater photography would be a cost prohibitive hobby. After seeing what could be done with her point and shoot I decided to get a case for my camera. It was at this point when I realized just how hard it was going to be to learn how to take decent pictures underwater.
I knew nothing about photography, nor did I have a knack for composing scenes naturally. We all know that one person who took great shots the first time they picked up a camera. That was not me. I just kept taking my camera diving and learned through trial and error. After many dives I decided I need to perhaps learn what the buttons did on my camera and maybe learn a bit about photography in general.
It was at that point that I bought my Rebel Xsi and decided to learn a bit more about photography above water. I must admit that learning the basics above water was the way to go. It is still really hard to get the shot you want underwater, but at least knowing what an aperture is, gave me a fighting chance.
I think photography and specifically underwater photography is a hobby I will keep doing until the grave. Visiting the ocean is like visiting another planet. There is an endless quantity of interesting creatures to see and places to visit. If you like diving, get yourself an underwater camera and join the club!
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