I’ve been shooting underwater video since 2001. My first rig was a Sony VX200 3CCD camera in a Light & Motion Stingray housing. It shot standard definition video to miniDV tapes. I would edit in camera and then play my footage over a Deep Forest CD! It was the bees knees. Times have changed since then, cameras are better, tapes have become extinct, workflows are different and it seems like everyone is shooting underwater. What hasn’t changed are these five simple rules which I learnt in my first day of training and I still use today.
I hope those five tips are useful. They are designed to help newbies but even after 17 years filming I still adhere to them every day. There are always exceptions to every rule but in general these are good pointers to remember. Please always remember that safety of you and marine animals must come first. Treat marine life with respect and dive safe. If you’d like to find out more about my work check out my blog about my work on Blue Planet II or take a look at some of my FAQ. Thanks to Brian Kakuk of Bahamas Underground for the photo.