How do you capture a great white shark? With a wide-angle lens, actually
Sharks have roamed the Earth’s seas for nearly 400 million years, and are of the oldest species. Their size, power, and teeth fill us with fear and fascination, which explains the celebration of (and obsession with) the species in movies like Jaws, in all-week TV binging on the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, in absurd low-budget sci-fi flicks like Sharknado.
While often portrayed as underwater killers, statistically, only a few people die each year from shark attacks. Many sharks aren’t actually dangerous; some are even facing extinction at the hands of humans. Yet most of us are terrified to swim near one.
Which is why shark photography can be a challenging subject, but for underwater photographers who aren’t afraid to get close, the reward of capturing a moment with one of the world’s most formidable ocean creatures can be well worth the danger involved. And photographing sharks isn’t just for pros anymore; amateurs can also capture them in supervised dive expeditions held all around the world.