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8 Handy Tips for Improving your Underwater Photography

We have made a handy list of tips for you to improve your underwater photography skills.

1. Keep Still

Try to keep your camera as still as possible in order to prevent camera shake. The underwater environment can sometimes make this a big challenge and even impossible in surge or strong currents. Using a faster shutter speed will also help, but you are not always able to set the shutter speed too high without getting a photo that is too dark. To compensate for this, you can bump up your ISO to lighten up your image.

6 Fascinating Sea Animals

Marine animals are probably the most interesting but the least known. So I made a list of some of my favorite sea creatures with interesting facts about them. All of these can be found around the South African coast.

1. Ragged-tooth Shark

The Ragged-tooth shark or as it is fondly called 'Raggie', has unmistakable 'ragged' teeth giving these docile sharks a fearsome appearance. They are however a slow-moving shark with no confirmed human fatalities.

Octopus Roundup: Top Five Favorites

by Hélène Reynaud
SCUBA DIVER LIFE

Octopus are one of the ocean’s most intelligent animals, and while it’s hard to pick favorites, here are the five species we most want to see on a dive.

Known as one of the most intelligent animals in the ocean, many factors make octopus so intriguing, including their camouflage skills, their multiple hearts, their locomotion technique, and their use of tools (in the case of the coconut octopus). We don’t like to pick favorites, but here are the five octopus species we’d most like to see on a dive.

Being a surfer and sharing the water with sharks

Shark illustration by Caitlin Judge

So, I’m sure most of us have seen ‘that shark video’ by now which has gone viral. Drone footage showing an encounter with a respectably sized white shark here in Plettenberg Bay.

Meet the Indian Ocean's first pygmy seahorse - which was discovered in KZN

Jay Caboz , Business Insider SA
  • The tiny and beautiful Sodwana pygmy seahorse is one of its kind to be found in Africa and for that matter the Indian Ocean.
  • It now has a scientific name.
  • Smaller than a R1 coin, the rare seahorse was only discovered in 2017. 

Mafia Island Tranquility

Going to Mafia Island was a spur of the moment decision and one of the best we’ve made. We were actually going to Malawi but decided to go to Tanzania as an add-on to our Malawi trip since it was just a little bit extra to get there from Malawi.

Mafia Island ("Chole Shamba") is an island in Tanzania. The name "Mafia" derives from the Arabic morfiyeh, meaning "group" or "archipelago", or from the Swahili mahali pa afya, meaning "a healthy dwelling-place".

Weird & Wonderful Sea Slugs

Nudibranchs for beginners

Nudibranchs are a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shells after their larval stage.  The word "nudibranch" comes from the Latin nudus "naked" and the Ancient Greek (bránkhia) "gills", the name refers to their gills being outside of their bodies.

Underwater Photography is for anyone

BEGINNER

Can anyone do it?

Underwater photography is growing in popularity and as time goes by, more and more options are available to people from novice to professional photographers.

Yes, anyone can do it. Pretty much all the technical rules for normal photography counts for underwater as well. If you know your way around a camera you will easily adjust to the underwater scene. What makes this so accessible is that, even if you are not interested in knowing all the ins and outs of photography, you can get a smaller and less expensive setup to snap away with. You don’t have to be a professional or even an intermediate photographer to get started in underwater photography.

Scuba Diving in False Bay

There are so many wonderful dive destinations in South Africa, not even to mention the rest of the world. This is one of the main reasons that people often overlook Cape Town as a prime dive spot. This is a big mistake really since there are so many reasons why False Bay is one of the best spots to scuba dive.

Here are 5 reasons why you must dive in False Bay

Tofo, Mozambique

Anticipation, excitement and amazing encounters!

This trip definitely exceeded all my expectations, even though I try never to have pre-conceived ideas and checklists of what I want to see, you still have hopes to see the amazing mantas and whale sharks that are to be seen here.

Half of our group drove from Cape Town and the rest flew to Johannesburg and drove the rest of the way from there. Tofo is a lovely coastal town in southeastern Mozambique. The roads were great and, in many places, they were being fixed, we had no problems or hassles.

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