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Old Nov 21, 2008, 8:08 AM   #1
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Absolute newbie to underwater photography.

Looking forward to putting the Sony DSC-W300 below the surface, and have a question about lighting.

I don't see myself taking any pictures in water deeper then ~5 ft. Presuming most will be right at surface level or well within the level of sunlight, how important is teh use of an external light source when using a "modified" PnS?

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Old Nov 21, 2008, 10:21 AM   #2
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If the water is clear and there is plenty of daylight you shouldn't need flash at around 5ft.

When you go a little deeper the colours get filtered out of the light with red being the first to go. Using a flash puts the colour back. There are situations where there is sufficient light but you get an overall blue colour due to the other colours being filtered out of the spectrum.

Your camera has underwater mode so give that a go.

You may need flash if you're photographing small stuff hiding in or under the landscape.

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