Tips for capturing
Learn these little tricks to take great photos!
You wanted to capture your excitement but the result was disappointing... Here are some tips to prevent you from feeling this way.
Let's learn from some situations that you may be familiar with.
Failed shot No. (1) Out of focus shots
"The anemone fish are out of focus..."
- Anemone fish move exceptionally fast, so focusing on them is very difficult, even for professional photographers.
- With FinePix, you can change settings to Quick AF for fast focusing. Also, keep trying and take many photos.
Failed shot No. (2) Subject is out of focus
"The fish is out of focus..."
- Fish is out of focus, and the background is focused instead.
- Most cameras are designed so that the focus occurs in the middle of the screen. This is fine if the main subject, a fish in this instance, is in the middle of the screen. If not, half-press the shutter. Align the "+" mark in the middle of the LCD screen with the fish, and press the shutter button very gently. Then, bring the focus back to the original composition to the subject. The fish (main subject) should be focused now. Press the shutter through when ready.
|(1) If taking a photo in this status, the background is focused while the target fish is out of focus.||(2) Point the camera to locate the fish in the middle of the screen and press the shutter button halfway. (The "+" mark appears.)||(3) While holding the button down halfway, bring the camera back to the original composition and then press the button down completely.|
Failed shot No. (3) The subject is too close
"Why is the photo so out of focus?"
- The camera is too close to the subject.
The distance of the camera to the subject is so close that the photo will be out of focus if you get any closer.
- This is no problem with the FinePix, because it will switch to AUTO Macro!
Just press the shutter button for beautiful close-up shots. Moreover, if you get too close and the picture is out of focus, the camera will warn you with a red "AF" sign.
In that instance, move away from the subject until the red "AF" mark disappears.
The closest shooting distance is about 30 cm in the normal mode. To approach the subject closer than this, switch to the macro mode.
Failed shot No. (4) The horizon in the photo is not leveled
"The photo is really unstable..."
- This is because the photo is not leveled.
- When holding the camera, make sure you keep level. Shoot so that the "+" mark on the LCD screen aligns with the horizon. If you have more time, press the [DISP] button. Horizontal and vertical lines will appear, and keeping level will be much easier.
[Some advice during shooting]
Hold strap firmly at your wrist
If you are not sufficiently skilled in diving, you may not be able to turn your attention to your camera. Your camera may even hit coral without you knowing it, so hold the strap firmly at your wrist.
Hold your elbows firmly by your side
If your elbows are spread out, this will cause blurring. Hold camera with your elbows firmly by your sides. This is a cardinal rule. Improve your diving skills too, so that you can maintain neutral buoyancy.
Approach fish slowly
Fish are timid. They will swim away if you approach them suddenly. Approach them slowly and wait for the best photo opportunity. Also, be careful not to kick the delicate corals with your fins.
Set your feet softly on the seabed
If the seabed is sandy, touch your knees on the seabed firmly to prevent blurring.
Land as softly as possible. If you land too fast, sand will stir up and cloud the water.