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Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich

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1 Equipment

A compact camera produces passable images above water, but below the surface of water its pictures are dull and boring. The quality of an underwater picture relies considerably on the work of the photographer, but also on the equipment. In contrast to compact cameras, digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras are superior both in their operation and in the results they produce because they have larger image sensors and lenses with superior imaging performance. Furthermore, DSLRs have a much briefer shutter lag than compacts. Most DSLRs allow photographers to snap an image in fractions of a second so they can precisely capture the ideal moment. These reasons make DSLRs indispensable when it comes to underwater photography.

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