One of the best ways to learn photography is to see other photographers’ work. Mozaik looks for some of the best underwater photographers in the world, and showcase their work, along with the gear they use, to help other aspiring photographers improve, learn new skills and get inspired.
This week we will feature the talented Catherine Hoelzer!
I have always loved photography but never even thought I’d become an underwater photographer. I first started taking videos underwater with a GoPro and was content with that for years. But I decided to give underwater photography a try after my husband started the hobby. I took my first underwater photo in October 2019 and l thoroughly enjoy looking for beautiful marine life to photograph. I love seeing the amazing colors and the personalities of the marine life come to life in my photos! For the past two years, I’ve been using a Panasonic Lumix LX10 and was happy to get good photographs with a compact camera. I wanted to encourage others that they didn’t need to spend a lot of money to get amazing shots underwater. All it takes a good eye and a lot of practice. We just recently purchased new cameras (Olympus OM10 – IV) so I will have a steep learning curve with this new setup!
My husband and I are both divemasters working with a local dive shop in Aqaba, Jordan. We help Deep Blue Dive Center in Aqaba, Jordan with their social media, so it is our job to get good underwater images and videos. After serving many years overseas in war zones doing medical work, I love my new dream job of diving most days and photographing the beautiful underwater world. I hope that when people see my photos, they will become more ecology-minded and care more for the sea and our earth.
Panasonic Lumix LX10
Sea & Sea YS D2 Strobes
Kraken wide-angle lens
Bluewater 7 power macro wet lens
Olympus OMD-E IV mirrorless
Nauticam EM10IV With Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO Lens with 4.5 inch dome port
Panasonic Lumix Professional 8-18mm Camera Lens, G LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT, F2.8-4.0 with 7 inch dome port
OLYMPUS M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm F2.8 Macro Lens With port
FB: Catherine Anne UW Photography
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