May 16, 2022

Can you shoot underwater Photography with an iPhone?

Maia and Zadie Kruglov take undersea selfies

It does not appear that long ago that we attempted to revive wet smartphones by sticking them in a bag of rice and hoping for the best.

Alex and his 13-year-old child Zadie had no such qualms, so I came by to talk with Zadie about it just recently, and gave her one of my old phones to get video footage with.

Now, most modern-day mobile phones are “water-resistant.” If water gets into them, they will not be damaged, like in years past. Still, were not expected to soak them in the water. Try informing that to kids.

Undersea photography “shows the type of images that you cant normally take but you d like to take when youre having fun,” Zadie tells me.

It brings you to an underworld where the sky is generally always blue, there are in some cases bubbles and its constantly dream-like. Yup, its just excessive enjoyable.

You can hear the complete discussion with Zadie on todays edition of the iPhone Photo Show podcast, link straight listed below. Or see it above on YouTube.

My buddy Alex called me recently, delighted about the underwater shots his children were getting on the iPhone, and he was right, the footage and photos were extraordinary. But the idea of putting a naked iPhone into the water struck me as a little, well, scary. A couple of years ago my iPhone wouldnt charge, due to “water damage” in the charging port, so I d be wary about putting my $1,000 device that runs my life into the water for a prolonged time period.

But is your iPhone safe?

I have had a good time shooting video and pictures with the iPhone in the rain, and while the shots were terrific, the LCD screen ended up being totally non-responsive. I had to dry it out to get it to react to my commands. Zadie concurred that the LCD screen doesnt like water, and to get around this, Zadie stated she used the volume button to snap the shutter rather of the on-screen button, and for video, she began it before the phone entered into the water.

And what took place after Zadie took my old phone for a swim? Did the screen get messed up?

Apple does not approve. The Apple website states that in no unpredictable terms are we to take the phone into the beverage.

” To prevent liquid damage, prevent these:

Theres no question that Zadie got wonderful arise from the undersea iPhone. But at such a hefty cost for the gadget, one that a lot of us utilize to run our companies and individual lives, I still dont think the possible danger is worth it. I do have an option.

Swimming or bathing with your iPhone
Utilizing your iPhone in a sauna or steam bath
Deliberately submerging your iPhone in water.”.

Keep the costly phone for the important things, and the secondary phone, (sans cordless service, of course, why pay for that?) as the damp phone.

Thankfully, we all reside in the digital age. So why not buy a used iPhone for exclusive use of swimming pool and rain shots? You do not require a top of the line model either, as you wont be utilizing the multiple lenses. A great wide shot under the water is all you need. An utilized iPhone SE can be gotten for under $250. Good current Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones are also available in the exact same cost range.

If they ruin, due to all the water play, youre not out that much.

Samsung is less sanguine about going underwater with recent Galaxy devices than Apple, stating they are rated IP68, which suggests they can be immersed for up to 30 minutes no greater than 1.5 meters. The iPhones have the exact same rating, simply a different caution to clients.

UPDATE: Reader SlowerJoe writes in with these words of wisdom! “A phone for almost any photography is an ergonomic disaster (not stating the results are bad, actually the pictures, videos are excellent) undersea? No, difficult to handle, difficult to keep a hold of. In a swimming pool, sure. Swimming in the ocean, no other way. Better off with a more affordable GoPro.”.

When my kid was growing up, I utilized to shell out $20 for a Kodak one-time use cardboard camera that could be taken undersea, and after that invest another $20 on developing. In other words, each shoot cost $50 approximately. They didnt shoot video, and you just got 24 shots per video camera.

A huge omission on my part, as I like GoPro video cameras and utilize them all the time.

Last hope: buy a water resistant case for the iPhone, like the Hitcase. Its case is both “drop-proof” and water resistant approximately 10 feet, and with security, you could potentially take it into the ocean. However, I d still be wary of putting my work/life phone into the deep blue sea, and would rather do it with the SE. How about you?

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Alex and his children.

Jefferson Graham is a Los Angeles-based writer-photographer, the host of the “Photowalks” travel photography series on YouTube, and Tubi, a former USA TODAY tech writer and working professional photographer. You can discover more of Jeffs work on his website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. This article was also released here and shared with consent.

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Theres no question that Zadie got fantastic outcomes from the undersea iPhone. Why not purchase a used iPhone for exclusive usage of pool and rain shots? An utilized iPhone SE can be selected up for under $250.

The concept of putting a naked iPhone into the water struck me as a little, well, frightening. A couple of years ago my iPhone would not charge, due to “water damage” in the charging port, so I d be careful about putting my $1,000 device that runs my life into the water for an extended duration of time.