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Yellow Blenny, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico

Photograph by Raul Touzon

Experiment With Macro

I like macro photography because it makes me pay attention to little details and forces me to concentrate on a small patch of the reef rather than a big piece of underwater real estate. To shoot macro photographs, you need special gear, including a macro lens. Your normal lenses are not macro lenses. Also, in most cases a special port is needed for your underwater housing. Strobe placement is different, too; in this case, they need to be very close and aimed directly at the subject. Turn off autofocus and try to focus by moving your body or arms rather than using the focusing mechanism on your lens. The best time for macro photography is at night, when most of the critters are out and about.—Raul Touzon

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