Jorge Cervera Hauser: Capturing Compelling Underwater Photos


All images by Jorge Cervera Hauser. Used with permission.

Photographer Jorge Cervera Hauser is based in Mexico, and he is the executive producer at Calypso Media, co-director at Pelagic Life, and producer of the documentary feature “México Pelágico” about the Mexican open ocean. But he’s a lot more than that–he’s also an ambassador for the Discovery Channel in Latin America, and was a speaker at TEDx San Miguel de Allende in 2014. Jorge’s passion is underwater wildlife.

Jorge shoots beautiful images of sharks, dolphins, turtles, alligators and so many more animals under the seas. He’s always had an affinity for documenting things and so it meshed well with his love of adventure underwater. We talked to Jorge about underwater photography and his favorite animals.

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National Geographic Photographer Tom Campbell on Photographing a Whale Shark

“While I was swimming I had to set the distance, I had to set the F-stop to the light factor and I had to get everything set up just right…I had one shot.” states Tom Campbell, who has been shooting underwater nature photos for years. National Geographic published a video the other day on the story behind what Campbell describes as, “A killer shot.”

What Tom is specifically talking about is capturing a Whale Shark. The creatures are already quite rarely seen in the wild and photographing one is tough. But beyond that, getting a compelling and publishable photo of one is even more mind boggling. Tom’s challenge was to document the creature doing something interesting and also get a sense of its enormous size in a single shot. While that may not sound too challenging to loads of photographers, consider the fact that you need to swim faster than the shark and while doing all of that you need to adjust your camera settings perfectly to get the right photo. That takes a major mastery of light and photography knowledge in general.