Summer Fun: Underwater Photography Without Underwater Housing

You don’t have to spend a ton of money on underwater housing for your DSLR to have fun with underwater photography this summer.  You can have fun and get some great shots with a little waterproof point and shoot.

Check out my Pentax Optio WS80.  I get it out each summer.  We take it to the beach and attempt to get a family photo in the ocean every year.  (We have yet to succeed.  I will not be posting those, so don’t worry.)  I also use it in the pool with the kids.  They love having photos of themselves underwater.  We have a lot of fun with it.

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Now, to call this “photography” is a bit of a stretch.  You just put on your goggles, go underwater, point the camera in the general direction of a kid and push the shutter button.  I generally can’t see the screen on the camera because of the sun and water and goggles and such.  There is a small delay between the time you press the button and the time it takes a picture, so you just have to hold it still and hope the timing is right.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  But if you do it enough times, it will pay off.

I used to dream of underwater housing for my camera.  I really wanted to take my photography into another realm.  Then I looked into actual options and the good options were pretty pricey and the less expensive options made me nervous about dunking my camera underwater.  So, this satisfies me for now.

These little waterproof cameras are cheap and fun.  My kids even like to take underwater pictures.  If you are looking for a fun summer activity, try underwater photography.  Here are some of my favorite shots with this camera.

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