Author: Beth Watson

Photography and scuba diving are Beth's passions. She adores the ocean and everything it has to offer. Striving to capture images that are unique,Creative,thought-provoking by illustrating the beauty and wonders of the sea.,Ultimately, she hopes to raise awareness and inspire others to conserve and preserve our ocean environment.

Beth is fascinated by it all. She enjoys the challenges of photographing wide-angle reefs and wrecks,comes from those around her, their support and encouragement,Being a bit of a perfectionist,she is continually learning and experimenting with lighting,Shooting technique,and equipment.

Her motivation comes from those around her,their support and encouragement are an inspiration,Beth is an international multi-award winning photographer,a judge for international photo competitions, and invited guest speaker at dive exhibitions. Her imageshave been published in books,Magazine,Newspaper,Website,and have been selected for juried art exhibitions. Please visit her website







The vast majority of underwater photographers begin their journey by shooting macro style images,There is another realm of underwater photography that needs to be explored and that’s the world of wide angle photography,It can be compelling,thought-provoking,and impactful. It provides an endless array of shooting opportunities.

Wide angle photography captures a scene wider than the human eye can see,Through camera placement and shooting techniques it is possible to pull in the viewer in,giving them a sense of “being there”. This is when the art of story-telling comes into play.

Scan the reef and water column,looking for visual impact. A good composition will engage the viewer,whether it is simple or complex,When choosing a composition the “less is more” theory works well. Visualize the final image before it is captured. Look at works of other photographer’s whom you admire. What do you like? What makes their images stand out? Is it the subject,Colour,Light,lens choice or composition? Take what is inspirational and build on that,Don’t emulate other photographers, practice and create your own unique style.

Three of my favorite wide angle shooting techniques are described below. Experiment,plan and prepare.


Reflections are fun and easy to shoot,They can produce unique, compelling and thoughtprovoking images,For best results, shoot in shallow water near the surface. Angle the camera upwards until the reflections are visible in the viewfinder. The calmer the surface of the water, the more mirror-like effect the effect will be. Take care when framing the scene,Composition is very important and cropping the image is not desirable in wide angle photography. Get it right in the camera.

Close focus wide angle CFWA

Close focus wide angle (CFWA) is a technique that can produce bold,impactful,3-D looking imagery,To be effective, the main subject has to be very close to the camera lens. The background plays a vital role and it’s important to choose wisely,Lens choice is critical. Select a lens with a very short working distance,Before pressing the shutter,scan the perimeter and use peripheral vision making sure there are no unwanted divers,bubbles or objects in the frame.


Silhouettes are created by placing the main light source behind or partially behind main subject,Choose a subject with strong lines, contrast with dynamic shape,“Less is more” works well in this situation,Be careful not to over-expose the image. If your subject is moving, set the camera to burst mode,This will allow several frames to be recorded during the peak of action, increasing your chances of capturing the image. A silhouette image will often benefit from a black and white conversion.

Expand your portfolio and take it to next level.

  • Venture outside your comfort zone, experiment,and try new techniques.
  • Trial and error is intrinsic to improving photography skills.
  • Negative space is a welcome element in most any image.
  • Simplify!,Random, complex scenes will be chaotic.
  • Shoot in manual mode. Take control of the camera and strobes.
  • Expect the unexpected.