There are many factors to consider when embarking on an Underwater Photography Expedition. One aspect in particular is considering the importance of dive equipment preparation. When embarking on an underwater photography expedition, camera equipment must be meticulously prepared and protected. Experienced underwater photographer, Tobias Friedrich, illustrates the disappointment of arriving at your destination and realizing you are missing important equipment, or worse submerging underwater and realizing your valuable equipment is not properly protected.

The tips below will help you properly prepare and protect your camera equipment before, during, and after an underwater dive.

Underwater Dive Equipment Preparation and Protection Tips:

Before the Dive:

  • Assemble your equipment before your trip and test everything thoroughly25. Tobias Friedrich
  • Be sure to purchase any needed replacement parts prior to your trip
  • Assemble your equipment in a relaxed and quiet environment, do not attempt to assemble equipment on board your boat in rough waters
  • Clean and lubricate all seals and O-rings
  • Remove all accessories from your camera, such as the strap and eyecup
  • Take test pictures to verify the functionality of the flash, autofocus, and memory card
  • Test all of your camera settings and controls
  • Make sure the lens cap is off
  • Load batteries and format the memory card
  • Take a test picture and check for leaks in a cleaning tub
  • Store equipment safely, out of the sun, until it is time for your dive
  • Once in the aboard your boat, only open the housing in emergencies. It’s better to dive without your camera than risk a flooded housing.

During the Dive:

  • Designate a specific towel that will only be used for cleaning your camera
  • If your housing has already been in the water and you have to open a seal, be sure to clean and lubricate the seal before using it again
  • A small quantity of lubricant is sufficient for an O-ring
  • Meticulously inspect the O-ring groove, the O-ring, and the backside of the seal for cleanliness

After the Dive:

  • Rinse your equipment with fresh water after every dive, or wrap it with a damp cloth and wash it at the earliest opportunity
  • After your travels have ended, soak your casing for 12 to 24 hours to dissolve any remaining salt de5. Tobias Friedrichposits
  • Store and protect the housing from any direct sunlight






From the book Underwater Photography, by Tobias Friedrich. 

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