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.