Tip Tuesday//Underwater Editing with Kate Luber Photography

Summer is in full swing, and everywhere you turn, there are images of kids playing in and even under the water! Underwater photography is a great way to add a new dimension to your work. Regardless of the camera you use, you're bound to find that the straight out of camera images aren't quite what you've been seeing flooding your newsfeed. Never fear! Here are my favorite tips and tricks to turn those cloudy, blue images crystal clear!

Dive to the end to see a quick video of how I edit my underwater images! Okay, I'll stop with the bad puns...

1. Warm it up! Underwater images are often very blue. The amount of blue will depend on the size and color of the body of water, but most images are blue to some degree. consider shooting custom white balance using an ExpoDisc to get the best start, but if that's not an option, don't be afraid to crank those temperature and tint sliders way up to get the color right. I love keeping the water a vivid blue in my images, so I like to warm it only mildly and then warm up the subject's skin selectively.


Contrast!! After you've cut out all of that blue, we need to clear up the image. Contrast is key to clearing up fuzzy, underwater images. You can do this using the contrast slider or by manipulating the whites and blacks manually, but my favorite to clear up water is the clarity slider. It adds a lot of midtone contrast and really brings out those underwater bubbles.