Tips for Taking Great Underwater Photos
Less is more. You don't need a fancy schmancy (read: super-expensive) underwater camera to take great underwater pics. Pick up a super-cheap disposable underwater camera and you'll get great underwater shots without having to worry about your kids spilling a virgin pina colada on your pricey equipment.
Skip the flash. Yes, some underwater cameras have a flash, but they rarely produce good pictures. The reason? The light particles from the flash often reflect off of algae, dust and other underwater stuff, making your picture look like it has been attacked by fairy dust. Instead, save your flash for the nighttime indoor festivities and take your underwater photos when the sun is high in the sky.
Click just below the surface. Gunky things like silt and mud tend to sink—which means that taking pictures of the bottom of the ocean can result in murky-looking photos. Stay close to the surface where it's sunnier and the water is clearer and you'll get brighter, more scrapbook-worthy pics.
Make the kids your underwater photographers. Your kids are probably going to spend a good part of your family getaways like a Nickelodeon at Sea cruise, exclusively on Norwegian Cruise Line in the pool. So toss your kids your underwater camera and let them in on the photo-taking action. See who can snap the best underwater funny face or the most graceful water ballet move—there's nothing like a goggle-eyed underwater grin to help you remember what a blast you had on your vacation.