Whether on a tropical vacation, a quick trip to the local beach, or someone’s backyard pool, summertime is quickly approaching along with the iPhone’s worst enemy — water. We’ve all heard, seen, or experienced what happens when the iPhone and water mix, but with a waterproof case you won’t have to abandon your iPhone on your beach towel anymore!

Cases

There are two types of waterproof cases for Apple devices: underwater housing or a waterproof bag. While the housing option is the more expensive choice, it not only provides a better sense of security for your iPhone, it often takes photos that are more clear than the bag case.

 LifeProof iPhone Case ($79.99)

 TAT7 iPhone ScubaCase ($84.95)

 DiCAPac for iPhone ($24.95

 OverBoard Waterproof iPhone Case ($29.95)

Tips

  • Focus on your subject: This can be tricky when your touch-screen device is inside of a bulky case while underwater. If you’re having trouble with focus or exposure, try to utilize the Auto Focus & Auto Exposure feature on the default camera while above the surface. If the touch screen isn’t responding in a case underwater, you can use an application with a timer, like Gorrilacam (free), which will allow you to start a timer above the surface as long as 90 seconds, as well as a time lapse of up to 10,000 shots.
  • Utilize available light: Since the flash on your camera may not be usable as fill light while inside of a case, try to find a spot where the light hits objects best underwater, or even try shooting your subject from below in order to create beautiful silhouettes.
  • Patience: That perfect shot will present itself if you’re willing to wait for it. When trying to photograph the moment someone enters the water, a wave right when it’s breaking, or even a school of fish, you’ll have to be patient and ready to capture at any moment.
  • Before you go into the ocean, practice in a pool: This is the perfect place to observe and overcome common obstacles while attempting to take underwater photographs. Do you have a hard time focusing on a moving subject? Do you find yourself dropping your device often? Perhaps it’s difficult for you to utilize available light. Whatever your underwater weakness is, it’s best to focus all of your attention on perfecting your techniques in a controlled environment.

Photos by joelvodell, izzyl, chriscastanho, aquajunkie, colerise & marksurfsbig.