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Camera House : Better Pictures 11
Water works With tough cameras all the rage, the desire to take great photos on the beach and in the ocean has become a common aim for many happy snappers. Ray Collins has some handy advice. Ray Collins knows all about shooting on sand and at sea – as the winner of Surfing Australia’s Surf Photographer of the Year competition, and a world-renowned surf photographer, he’s one shooter who’s well versed in the hazards of shooting on Aussie beaches. Unlike shooting in a studio or on a regular location, shooting in the water can present unique challenges – especially for the novice shooter. According to Collins, changing conditions can often move elements of a shoot completely out of your control. “So many things have the ability to change in the water – tide, wind, light, positioning – all these things are constantly changing. Also, in the water you usually have to kick to get above the surface to take the photo, so you need some basic fitness and ocean mindedness.” Underwater photos also require specific conditions if you want a top shot. “For underwater, clear water really helps, that can be the difference between a good image and a great image,” comments Collins. “For above the water, just capturing the mood of the ocean can give it the ‘wow factor’. Sometimes you don’t have to do much, just be there at the right time.” It’s not just all down to spontaneity however; preparation can be crucial for a successful shoot. Feature waterworks 26 026_Bpics11_Underwater_v2.indd 26 27/11/12 2:04 PM
Better Pictures 10
Better Pictures 12