16. Shooting from the hip

Photography of big, fast-moving creatures approaching us at close range requires us to acquire a set of diving skills as well as fair amount of photography experience. When it comes to intense action happening right in front of the lens, our ability to react quickly to rapidly changing conditions makes a huge difference in the result. A common photographer’s position with an eye glued to the viewfinder doesn’t always work the best. No matter how accurate our viewfinder is, it can’t replace our spatial vision and therefor often prevents us from reacting accurately. As we often need to adjust our position at the very last moment, shooting from the hip (blind shooting) is the technique I regularly apply when photographing sharks up close.


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