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Tuesday Tips & Techniques from Photo Pro Sascha Janson #20

May 12, 2015

On select Tuesdays, Cameras@Lembeh Resort – the first and only dedicated photo & video center in Lembeh Strait with full time on site photo pro – will feature Tips and Techniques by Photo Pro Sascha Janson. Sascha will offer up a range of information, you never know what piece of wisdom he will impart.

Sascha says: Try to work with diagonals !

Horizontal and vertical lines often cut an image in half and just don’t look as nice as diagonal lines.

On land, most of the time we cannot work with diagonals, because of the horizon in the image. It would look weird if the horizon were not level. It also doesn’t look right if we see people or structures leaning to one side in photos. Underwater though, it’s a totally different story since nobody knows how the scene originally looked. Critters can be found in diagonals sometimes, and if not we can make them diagonal by tilting the camera to one side. Often our brain likes the image better when we work with diagonals 🙂




Bandtail Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis neglecta) – both pictures were taken @ f5.6, 1/400sec, ISO160 with a Canon 7D Mark II in a modified Subal CD7 housing, 60mm macro lens and 1x SOLA 4000 & 1x SOLA 2100SF & 1x F.I.T.2400WSR




Ornate ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) – both pictures were taken @ f5.6, 1/640sec, ISO160 with a Canon 7D in a Subal CD7 housing, 60mm macro lens and 2x i-Torch Pro 7 lights.




Ocellated Tozeuma Shrimp (Tozeuma lanceolatum) – both pictures were taken @ f5.6, 1/125sec, ISO160 with a Canon 7D in a Subal CD7 housing, 60mm macro lens and 1x SOLA 4000 & 1x SOLA 1200 lights.

Check out the above images and decide for yourself which composition you like better. Most of the time (if not always) the diagonals just have the more dramatic look.

Stay tuned for more Tuesday Tips & Techniques