|Our experiments definitely prove that with a little resourcefulness, shooting underwater can be achieved on a limited budget. I only wish Nokia would develop special underwater housing units for the next generation of mobile devices.
The actual shoot was done at Anilao, one of the Philippines’ premiere diving destinations. The setup was the same as the pool’s, the only difference was that I bought an extra battery pack & a larger memory disc to get as much footage as possible. The ideal time to shoot in open water is around 11am-2pm. Since no form of artificial light was used it is crucial that the position of the sun is high above and reflects rays straight down to the water, acting as a spotlight.
Something we did not foresee was the density of the salt water compared to pool water. We had to abort our first attempt because the salt water made the housing too buoyant, so we had to add more weights onto the unit to weigh it down. The result is some truly awesome footage.