I’ve seen a lot of great photos taken with underwater cameras and I’ve been dying to try one out for ages. So when I hijacked my family holiday this summer in the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea I thought it was the perfect opportunity to have a go and take some unflattering photos of me with a snorkel in my mouth trying to swim with the fishes.

I bought a standard underwater disposable camera from my local chemist (specifically it was Fujifilm Quick Snap Waterproof 35mm Single Use Camera) for around £8 (about 10 Euros) and carefully read the instructions – I was determined not to mess this up! The instructions recommend that when taking underwater snaps you should be at least 1 meter away from your subject and a maximum of 10 meters below the water. The camera also came with a handy wrist strap so it wasn’t going to float away from me to a fishy grave. Admittedly I did get carried away and probably didn’t wait for the best conditions before snapping away but the whole family had loads of fun trying to compose our underwater portraits. Numerous subjects are decapitated and the original film prints are better than these scans but I’m still thrilled with my first attempt and to top it off it’s a different way to record your travels in the sun.

I’ve been reading a few reviews for waterproof digital camera and am now considering replacing my basic point and shoot with an equivalent underwater model. Has anyone got a digital underwater camera? If so what make/model are you using and would you recommend it? I’d love to see some other examples of underwater photos (especially the unflattering snorkel kind) if you’ve got any to share.

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