TWiP Family 002: Underwater with Shawn Heinrichs

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[smart_track_player url=”″ color=”6a1915″ title=”Underwater with Shawn Heinrichs” artist=”TWiP Family 002″ ]To celebrate summer, we go underwater with Shawn Heinrichs!

I wanted to know how to get great photos of my kids swimming this summer. I got my questions answered by someone who knows what he’s talking about (and then some).

Shawn Heinrichs is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer, photographer, scuba diver, and marine conservationist. He is an independent filmmaker and founder of Blue Sphere Media. He gave a TEDx talk about his work in 2013.

In this interview with Shawn Heinrichs, we talk about why he started taking cameras into what he calls a “hostile aqueous environment.” (That’s salt water to you and me.)

Shawn talks about how cameras focus underwater and why he uses a dome and super wide lens.

He also tells us about how he got this “lucky shot.” Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t luck.

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I tell Shawn about my foray into underwater photography with my DSLR and waterproof cover. I thought all I needed to do was get my camera underwater to capture the beauty I saw there. “No, no, no,” he says. Shawn explains why it didn’t work the way I’d hoped. And, he has a much simpler suggestion for me – a GoPro.

Shawn gives instructions for how to get great shots of kids jumping into the pool. I’m going to give it a try next time we go to the pool.

Finally, Shawn encourages all of us to go the ocean, get underwater and see the wonder under the surface.

You can more of Shawn’s work at Blue Sphere Media.

Watch his Tedx Talk.

Connect with Shawn: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

I talk about covering my camera with an Outex.

Shawn recommends I try a GoPro.

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