Traveller, Photographer, Mountaineer, Human

Editing Underwater Photos

Underwater photos are nice to look at but there are problems with color.  In most cases, either the water is too blue or too green or a combination of both.  This can be corrected by using colored filters on lenses (like magenta or red) such as the Polar Pro for GoPro.  I don’t have a GoPro and I don’t have these filters either.  Back then I used a Panasonic TS3 (lost the charger), then the Olympus TG2 (battery door opened and seawater flooded inside) then the Panasonic TS3 again (after buying a compatible charger).  Unfortunately, the Panasonic stopped functioning so I’m now underwater cameraless.

Anyway, my point is that I didn’t use a colored filter nor do these camera record RAW files.  But… the color can still be corrected using Lightroom (or Photoshop or other photo editing applications).  Below is one of my pictures where a change in white balance and some other Lightroom sliders hugely improved the picture.

Other people look at some of my underwater photos and say that my camera is nice (really irksome but I’m getting desensitized) as it can take clear underwater pictures.  Well, it’s not the camera, it’s also the photographer and in many cases, the post-processing too.

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One response

  1. yes, truly irksome! unfortunately it would take too much time to educate them. let live and be awesome, i say!

    November 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

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