i am new to U/W photography. users whom have tried taking photos with s100 underwater do advise me on the kind of setting for beginners that would be useful from avoiding bad pics. Even though failure and attempts makes it successful i would like to give it a try with your advises for my upcoming trip. Thanks in advance.
Hi, I am not a good photographer by any stretch of the imagination but this is what I have had good results with (for my skill level).
I set to AV mode.
Unless it's very bright (i.e. shallow) and very good vis, ISO 80 is normally too dark (I don't have a strobe).
I change the settings so the front ring adjusts +/- exposure. Normally for brightness adjustment I will use this first.
If I set it to the max exposure and it's still too dark, I will bump up the ISO setting. Normally ISO 400 is the max I need to go, even for night dive (If it's really dark I use a torch to help).
One trick is to locate the subject near your flash, i.e. in the upper left side of your frame.
I use auto-white balance. I have seen people doing manual WB with their palm too, but too mafan for me to keep doing that.
I shoot in RAW mode so I can adjust white-balance using software.
There are some other minor settings I change before, but I cannot remember already. All these that I set, I save it to Custom mode, so that's the mode I select when I want to shoot something.