Photographing sharks

So, new here, I was thinking about a subject for my first blog and decided to talk a bit about sharks. Main reason is simply because the shark photos I have are some of the most popular in my portfolio, so I thought people would like to read a blog about them. So, back on topic, here are my tips about shark photography:

1. Location, location, location. Yes, just like in real estate location matters a lot when you want to photograph sharks. Unfortunately, sharks are heavily fished in most parts of the world, and believe it or not these magnificent creatures are hard to find these days. Having said that, there are some places where you find lots of them, for example the Bahamas, Hawaii, Cocos Island, the Galapagos, mostly places where sharks are protected from fishing.

2. Get close, and then get closer. This one is easier said than done, I know, getting close to sharks may seem like an easy task given their man-eating reputation but most sharks are actually very shy and will swim away from divers. But you can get there with some patience.

3. Take the shot! Sometimes the stars align and you are on the right place at the right time. Don't let the opportunity pass, luck plays a role too!

4. Look up. I've seen a lot of divers miss the opportunity to take great shark photos simply because they are looking down at the small details during the entire dive. Nothing wrong with the little fish, I have a lot of macro shots too, but keep your eye open, sharks like hanging out in mid-water or close to the surface.

Well, that's it for now, hope you enjoyed the read.

Photo credits: Luizrocha.

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August 17, 2010


I'm a little late in this thread, but from my diving days (before stock) I remember that one of the old club members told me there is an area around India or Sri Lanka that is famous for shark photography. That's where most of the spectacular shark shots are done. They are fed there and come close.

Shark photography is very difficult because sharks don't breath water like other fish and they are dependent on strong water current. Whoever has been diving in strong current knows that it's almost impossible to keep steady buoyancy, needed for framing. Another problem is that sharks around reef walls are pretty deep (-40m and below) so your dive time is limited with the 12L tanks they hand out on dive cruises.

As to houses, yes Subal is very good but expensive. I had a Motormarine with analog film and one little single grain of sand in the O-ring flooded it. It was unrepairable. I won't put my cam in such a risky environment any more.

For stock, you should also try wrecks and people underwater, that is, use your team members as models doing something or interacting (underwater team work). Photographing fish is too niche for stock, imho.

Wrecks are great and very impressive, and they don't swim away when you get close ;-) I have a large collection of wrecks in the Mediterranean and Red Sea but they are on slide and I don't think they would be accepted now on micro for their technical quality after scanning.

August 17, 2010


I don't like the sharks but your photo is beautiful

August 17, 2010


I have a Subal housing, a very large investment, I would say more expensive than the D700 itself, so only worth it if you use it a lot!

August 17, 2010


great shots! what kind of a camera case do you use for these depths? I took some underwater images as well but I have some kind of a waterproof housing for my camera not a hard-case and I would be interested in purchasing one for future shooting.

August 16, 2010



August 15, 2010


Thanks for all the comments! And don't worry, I am always careful!


August 15, 2010


Please take care of yourself!

August 14, 2010


Amazing photos and great tips! Thanks for sharing!

August 14, 2010


It is very beautiful!!!!

August 14, 2010


Amazing photos! I think that`s a real opportunity to take some shots like you have in your portfolio! Good luck on DT and have fun!

August 13, 2010


Beautiful images!Welcome on DT and have fun here with us! I wish you many sales also!

August 13, 2010


Beautiful captures!

August 13, 2010


Wonderful images! I am sure you will do very well here. Welcome to DT and great blog.

August 13, 2010


Great shots! As a diver that I am I know how difficult it can be to be on the spot at the right time with the right equipment and being fast enough. A question: how do you get such clear images, without any noise, dots, spots, artifacts etc. from plankton and such stuff that flows thru the water? All by photoshop or do you have any tricks?

August 13, 2010


Awesome pictures. Congratulations. I can bet that your underwater camera is an expensive one. I always wanted one. I know how to dive, maybe I'll buy one, in the future. Mani has wright, you'll sell very good in here. And not only. Welcome.

August 13, 2010


Those are amazing! Welcome to DT! I'm sure you will have great sales!
To be honest I prefer buying your photos than trying to make sharks get shy from me :)))

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