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Underwater Editing Videos | Laura Morita Photography

I have been busy recording some awesome videos that will teach you how to better edit your underwater images! You don’t need to have a fancy camera to have underwater images that you make you happy! I actually went back and found images that were shot with my brother-in-law’s underwater Olympus point and shoot several years ago when we were on vacation with him in Mexico. They are just snapshots…nothing fancy, really. But the fact that I was able to edit ONE image and then sync the rest in Lightroom, making minor tweaks to just a couple of them, kinda sorta amazes me!

Check out this video to see what I’m talking about.


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Light and Shadows | Underwater Backlighting | Laura Morita Photography

Gosh, I love this little blog circle. Each month, we explore a different type of lighting. All of us have been waiting for that bright ball of fiery light to grace our skies because, come on, who doesn’t love backlighting? Here in California, we could have done a backlighting post months ago, because, well, because we’re in Sunny California, home of the sun. It lives here. Almost permanently apparently. But because the rest of the world was shrouded in clouds, we had to wait. But, it’s JUNE now, so guess what? We’re all golden.

Perhaps you don’t know me, and perhaps you don’t know that I have just embarked on an underwater journey. But I have. And I’m in deep, so to speak.

I recently got SPL waterhousing for my Canon 5DMkIII and have taken that bad boy out into the water a total of three times, well, four, if you count my testing it in my sink.

I still have a lot to learn, but I am already so freaking thrilled with what I have been able to create, not only in camera, but through editing. I find that editing images shot underwater presents a unique challenge, and by gum, I’m addicted.

Did I just say “by gum?”

Let’s move past that.

So the underwater journey has just begun, and I’m discovering that backlighting is amazing not only on land, but in the water. Let me show you what I’m talking about.

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing Mentor

And while I shared this before, I’ll share it again, because it’s a wonderful example of backlighting under the water.Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing Mentor

And seriously? Look how amazing images look underwater with a little backlighting?

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing Mentor

Can I get an “Amen?”

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing MentorI asked her to do a somersault, and this is what happened. Not what I imagined, but I love them more than what I imagined. I love that about photographing kids.

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing MentorAnd this one makes my heart sort of beat a little faster. I told her I wanted to get a closeup of her and asked her to take off her goggles and just look peaceful. The bubbles on her eyelashes make my heart go pitter pat.

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing Mentor

My sunshine girl.

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing MentorBacklighting is my favorite.

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing Mentor

This one, I really struggled with editing. The SOOC is lacking a great deal of contrast and color, but there was something about the light and her body position that just begged to be showcased. So I worked and worked at it and got this. And I love it. When underwater photography meets editing, I find myself in a happy place.:)

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing MentorI hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these and much as I’ve enjoyed creating them!

Next up is the wickedly talented Adelle Dazeem…. no, wait, no. Next up, is Lynn Nalty, creative genius behind Square Balloon. 

I’ve gotten a sneak peek already, and yeah, they’re amazing. Go check it out!

And if you want to see more of my underwater photography, I posted more from my first session right here.

You can follow me on Facebook, if you’re so inclined. I tend to be better at posting there. Or there’s Google+ too!

Jeanine - What a great blog circle that you are part of! This images are So cool and inspiring! Your underwater editing, and editing in general, is so amazing!June 22, 2014 – 9:48 am

Lindsay Faber - Well, I’m glad my post was BEFORE yours. Can I get an Amen for that? These are over the top amazing. I love them so much. I don’t have underwater housing so I am going to live vicariously through you. These are gorgeous. Backlighting plus underwater plus Laura Moritat’s patented editing skillz? Pretty much the best thing ever. Off to check out Adelle Dazeem’s work ;) June 1, 2014 – 8:54 pm

Lynn - Do you even know how hard it is to follow you when you are consistantly posting incredible images like these ones?! It’s just not fair dammit. I’ve tried underwater photography and it’s no picnic but you make it look so easy, creating images that could appear in any magazine or billboard across the globe. I adore the somersault one and the black and whites and the eyelashes and and and well, all of them. Your colour editing on these is nothing short of genius. Did I mention that I <3 them?June 1, 2014 – 3:32 am

Underwater Kids | Laura Morita Photography

I have always been obsessed with being underwater. There was a period in my life where I dreamt about swimming with dolphins at least three times a week. I lived in Hawaii for a couple of years before I started physical therapy school, and I learned to surf. I learned to respect and love the water. When I started to learn photography, I never in a million years thought that I would end up where I am right now: underwater with my camera. It’s seriously a dream come true. There is something about being underwater that fills my soul. I love the sound. I love the quiet. I love the light and the colors. I love how we move underwater.

And if anyone knows me, they know I also love to edit. I love taking an image, seeing its potential, and bringing that to life through editing. Editing images underwater presents it’s own set of challenges. The color straight out of camera is less than desirable. Skin is often blue. Clarity is lacking. What you see when you look underwater with your goggles is an entirely different thing than what your camera captures. But for me, that’s part of why I love underwater photography. I can uncover that beauty. See what I originally saw, and in many cases, see something even more beautiful than what I originally saw.

Last year, I put my camera into a DiCAPac bag and said a little prayer every time I did. Every image had the port in it, and it was a pain to edit it out of every image, but I did it, and did it gladly, because I knew I would love the final result. Here are some images shot last year. This year, I took the plunge (pardon the pun) and bought SPL housing for my Canon 5dMkIII and a port for my 16-35L lens. I have taken my underwater housing into the pool exactly one time so far this year. I threw out over 200 images. The sun was in and out of the clouds that day, and I quickly found that I craved that sunlight. When the sun would peek out of the clouds, I would beg the kids to do what I told them and do it NOW before the sun was gone. And bonus? Because they were having a great time in the water, they were happy to oblige. Anyone who takes pictures of their kids a lot knows that getting their kids to cooperate is often more than half the battle.

And do you know what happened? Magic happened. My soul lifted. My heart laughed. I felt light.

Here are some of the images I captured that day. I cannot wait to continue this journey and hope you join me.

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Let’s actually start with two from last year that I didn’t edit until this year. My crazy splashers.

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My little man.

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And here’s the same guy this year.Laura Morita Photography | Underwater kidsThis was the first one that I edited when I got home, and my heart was in my throat. I was so excited.:)Laura Morita Photography | Underwater kidsLaura Morita Photography | Underwater kidsAnd just to give you an idea…. here’s an image before any editing. Straight out of camera: blue and murky.

Laura Morita Photography | Editing Workshops and Photography MentorMy swimming beauty.Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Portrait PhotographyLaura Morita Photography | Underwater kidsLaura Morita Photography | Underwater kidsWild Child. This one makes me happy.Laura Morita Photography | Underwater kidsLaura Morita Photography | Underwater kidsLaura Morita Photography | Underwater kidsLaura Morita Photography | Underwater kidsLaura Morita Photography | Underwater kidsLaura Morita Photography | Underwater kidsOur fingers were wrinkled. We’d been in the water for maybe an hour and a half. My camera said I had one more picture on my camera, so I turned the camera on me and my kids. I might be happiest in the water with my camera and kids.Laura Morita Photography | Underwater photography

And if you are interested in learning more about editing in both Lightroom and Photoshop, check out my SHINE ~ Unleash Your Awesome Workshop. It’s the last week to register!

John Pritchard - I’m dying to try underwater shots!! I tried with my iphone in a case and crossed my fingers as you did. There was a leak lol and ruined it. I’ll get the courage to put my in a DiCAPac bag one day! I think it would be a great addition.June 19, 2014 – 10:32 am

Ginger Unzueta - LOVE THESE LAURA!!! I can tell you are having so much fun!!!! So awesome!!May 28, 2014 – 6:30 pm

Lina - Beautiful, Laura! Absolutely beautiful!May 28, 2014 – 9:29 am

Lindsay Faber - Laura these are over the moon fantastic. I love them so so much. Is there anything you can’t do?May 25, 2014 – 5:42 pm

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