Faking a GoPro Over-Under Shot

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to fake an over-under shot of some playful sea lions using separate images from a GoPro Hero 8.

Side note: the introduction for this movie was shot on location aboard the Plancius in Antarctica. And, if you look carefully at the end of the intro, you’ll see a photobombing leopard seal floating by on an iceberg to check out what Deke has to say about his (her?) Hornby Island pinniped relatives.

A leopard seal floats by on an iceberg as Deke discusses his project

Meanwhile, a “real” over-under shot requires having the surface of the water hit the horizontal center of your lens, which in the case of a GoPro is smaller than most postage stamps and harder still to hit with several dozen Stellar sea lions jostling you about. Here’s the best “natural” version he got on our trip to Hornby.

A real over-under featuring sealions and chaos

But by compositing a few different shots, taking the best parts of the over, the under, and a couple of details at the horizon/dividing line, he ends up here:

Steller sea lions above and below the water

If you’re a member of LinkedIn Learning, Deke’s got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he enhanced this photo in Camera Raw in order to get the roiling results you see up top.

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