By now, everyone should be completely acclimated with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. While these three phones are a huge departure point for Apple, like their predecessors the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, all the three new iPhones are dust and water-resistant. To be specific, the new iPhones have an IP67 rating.
The IP in "IP67" stands for Ingress Protection, and the 6 is the dust-proof rating, whereas the 7 is the waterproof rating of the phones, and signifies that the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are protected for up to 30 minutes in a depth of up to 1 meter (39.4 inches). This means that while the new iPhones are dust and water resistant, they are not waterproof.
Sure, a few drops of water here and there won't hurt your new purchase, but if you want to protect your phone from water, drops, scratches etc without covering it in bubble wrap, you need to step your game up. The SHIELD is a metal iPhone case that will maintain your phone's integrity, while being fully waterproof and shockproof even in the toughest of circumstances.
If you're ready to put your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X through its paces, get yourself the HITCASE Pro and get ready to throw away any other action camera you may have invested in prior. With its rigid, impact resistant ABS/Polycarbonate shell and rubberized surface, the HITCASE Pro is one tough iPhone case that will extend your iPhone's underwater ability from 1 meter, to 10 meters (30 feet). That alone will allow you to really go on an adventure.
Before you hit the water, you still need to remember that you can't use your touchscreen when you're under. To take photos underwater on your iPhone, the volume key will be your new best friend — this is also called taking photographs in burst mode, which is what is needed when shooting fast moving objects underwater. Try this over and over to make sure that you're comfortable with your shutter release and can quickly navigate to the camera without using the screen.
Make sure your iPhone is totally ready to take underwater pictures before you jump in the water. That means you’ll also want to make sure your iPhone has a fully charged battery before you head out for your day of shooting. You absolutely cannot charge your phone while it's wet so make sure you get you do this before you get to your shooting destination. If you immediately need it while you’re in the water, it's better to let it dry off first or utilize wireless charging. The same thing applies when you want to transfer photographs to your computer.
In order to take perfect underwater photos every single time, you'll need to accessorize. Get yourself a lens — or lenses for your iPhone if you're feeling adventurous. A wide-angle lens and a fish-eye lens for your iPhone will completely revolutionize how you view underwater photographer. Even on an iPhone.
Now that we've got all the technical bits out of the way, it's time to take some pictures, and have fun with your new underwater photography skills.
The best time to shoot underwater is anywhere between 10 AM and 2 PM. There is absolute visibility underwater and the sun is at its highest point. To be honest, you could shoot even on a cloudy day, but you have to remember that the light will be refracted when you're underwater, and your images will have a blue/green hue to them.
The little mermaid wanted to walk on earth, so when she had the chance to walk on dry land, she didn't remain on some tragic barge taking pictures from a distance. If you want to be in the ocean, really immerse yourself in the aquatic life. Get as close as you can to your subjects in order to maintain sharpness and color. Buy a filter for your external lens, but resist the temptation to only shoot from above.
Finally, the only way to take perfect pictures every time is to keep trying. Practice first in your swimming pool and when you like your results go advanced — go under the sea and create imagery that amazes people!
Now that you’ve discovered how to take underwater pictures on your iPhone, see for yourself how you can dominate iphone photography this year one of our favorite blog posts, 8 Ways to Start Succeeding at iPhone Photography This Year.
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