Have you always wanted to take your digital camera for some underwater photography, but were unsure about how to go about doing it? This can be a lot of fun, not to mention very rewardingly if you can manage to get some good shots. However, in order to accomplish this task without ruining your camera, you are going to have to invest in some underwater camera housing. The following will introduce you to a few of the most viable option you have for keeping your camera protected when shooting in the water.
These days you have more options than ever before when it comes to underwater camera housing, and they are currently available for all makes and models of digital camera. Some companies such as Canon and Olympus (above) manufacture their own casings and there are also third-party vendors available for those that do not. It can be difficult to know which one to purchase when it is your first time, so it is a good idea to read some online reviews of different products before making your choice. Due to the use of similar waterproof technologies, many outdoor speaker manufacturers also supply casings for cameras, but if you buy a faulty casing and it leaks you could end up ruining your camera, so the best option is to stick with big-name brands like Bose or Definitive Audio.
If you do not want to spend money on underwater camera housing, or you are simply in a hurry to get in the water and start taking some pictures, it is actually possible to make your own. Since it may take you a couple tries to get this right, you probably don’t want to use your best camera, but with some practice, you should be able to make one that is nearly as good as those sold on the market. There are a few ways to go about doing this and they will typically work with any type of camera or camcorder. Most of the time this involves making a see-through bag that will keep everything nice and dry.
Making the bag for your underwater camera housing is probably the most difficult part. You will need a piece of PVC or clear flexible urethane and a hot iron in order to seal the edges. You will also have to make an internal camera bracket in order to keep everything in place. This can be achieved by using a half inch thick piece of plastic and it must be bent and shaped by using either a heat gun or a hairdryer. This can be a long and difficult process, but if you are a natural do it yourself type then you should not have any problems.
One final tip that you can use for your homemade underwater camera housing is to put one or two Alka seltzer tablets in the bag. This way if you get any leaks you will know right away because they will start to fizz. This will give you enough time to get out of the water if need be.