Through the Lens 4. Composition (Landscape).
If you want your underwater images to stand out from the crowd you’ll need to start thinking about composition. This is a fact that can’t be ignored, there are so many “ID” type photos out there, where the subject sits smack bang in the centre of the frame, although these types of image sometimes work, they invariably tell me that a photographer has been lazy with the camera and the focus point selector.
There are many camera models on the market, one thing they all have in common is they have more than one focus point, some have loads, others not so many, but they do all have them. It’s down to you to choose which one to use and the lazy shooter seems to always rely on the default point in the middle of the screen. Yes, this more often than not results in a sharp, in focus image, but unless the subject matter is very strong it’s likely to bore the pants off the audience.
So, go and get your camera and its manual and look-up how to change or move the focus area, and while you’re at it check out what the different focus modes are all about, continuous servo, single servo and manual all do different things. You really do need to get your head around this and apply it underwater.
Below are a few tips on achieving classic composition by just moving the focus point around.