Underwater photography with the Fuji X-T10

Hello Nikol! Could you please introduce yourself?

Hi guys, thank you 🙂 My name is Nikol Obrová and I’m a professional photographer based in Prague, Czech Republic. I’m mainly a digital photographer but I also really love analog and instant photography – it’s a huge relax for me 🙂  And another very important in my life is traveling…

Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @18mm . f/10 . 1/250″ . ISO 400


Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @18mm . f/9 . 1/250″ . ISO 400


Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @18mm . f/13 . 1/250″ . ISO 400


Do you still remember when you discovered your interest in Photography?

Yes, I do remember it quite well – it was when I was about 8 years old and my parents sent me to a summer camp – and they gave me a cheap analog camera to catch memories from this summer experience. It didn’t feel like love at first sight but I was taking lots of photos – just for fun – no art – for about 10 years when my parents bought first digital camera and everything was immediately easier and cheaper 😀

Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @18mm . f/16 . 1/450″ . ISO 400


Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @18mm . f/13 . 1/350″ . ISO 400


Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @18mm . f/9 . 1/350″ . ISO 400


Was it a passion that turned into a career, or did you get formal training in Photography?

It was just a passion – when I turned 18 I left home for college (economy – marketing) and at the time photography was my big hobby – I just need someone to photograph, because in my home town everyone was too shy 😀  But luckily one of my schoolmates let me take portraits of her (I have never done it before) and the photos were really great, which was unexpected – mainly for me 😀  This was the most important moment because it motivated me to improve. So I was studying, working shifts and in my spare time learning everything I could from Youtube and with trial and error method. After a while, the results arrived, and I began to build my portfolio and clientele so after 5 years of college I could try if I can be full professional… And it has been working for years until now.

Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @20,5mm . f/3.2 . 1/30″ . ISO 4000


Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @42,5mm . f/4 . 1/60″ . ISO 6400

What kind of work you like to do the most?

I love to work with people so I’m strong in portraits (senior, family, couples etc.) and even weddings… But truly I am the happiest when I can just take a MUA and a model of my choice and do “my stuff” 😀  because I have totally free hand 🙂


On your daily assignments you use Canon cameras, right? So, how did a Fujifilm X-T10 enter into your camera bag? Was it just curiosity over that retro-like camera, or did you buy it with some specific purpose?

Yes, you are right – for my regular work I use a DSLR camera, but when me and my partner decided to travel more I was looking for something smaller with great results – and my friend (also photographer) recommended me to try Fuji cameras (he also had one so I knew he was satisfied). As analog camera lover I could not resist the appearance of Fuji cameras and also their compactness and wifi connection etc. etc. I was enchanted. 😀  But truly first time I felt in love with Fuji camera was when I won a competition and Fujifilm Instax Mini 8…


What’s your general opinion over the X-T10? Have you ever done an entire assignment with it?

Ok, I won’t lie – there is a difference between a Canon DSLR camera photo and a Fuji one – mostly when you want to retouch some details but… who cares? I use Fuji mostly for my travels and these photos I usually don’t retouch at all. There is a time when X-T10 is better for me – with bad light conditions mostly. And I love possibility to adjust the photos in camera and send them through Wi-Fi connection to a mobile device so I can post it immediately. In my opinion you can hardly find a better travel camera. My X-T10 was with me in Wien, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Croatia and a whole month in Vietnam. Next trip is going to be Cuba in spring 2017- a month and a half. So it’s with me in few of my biggest assignments in life maybe. 😀

Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @31,5mm . f/10 . 1/125″ . ISO 400


Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @27,7mm . f/3.2 . 1/125″ . ISO 2500


Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @55mm . f/5.6 . 1/320″ . ISO 400


The underwater shots look amazing! How was this idea conceived? Have you done underwater photography before?

Thank you so much! I’m glad you like it 🙂  First time I did underwater photos was during my holiday in Croatia – I freshly bought a waterproof case and needed to try it. And it was a fun and great experience! 🙂  X-T10 worked well, even if it’s really hard to make a good and sharp shot when there are waves in the sea 😀  Later we did a beauty photoshoot in a swimming pool in Prague with my great make-up artist Petra Soukupová and a beautiful model Elizabeth Janků so I saw an amazing opportunity to make some more underwater photos – with easier conditions and even higher expectations… 🙂

Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @55mm . f/4 . 1/60″ . ISO 1250


Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @46,3mm . f/20 . 1/180″ . ISO 400


Was it easy to coordinate all the tasks, like directing the model, camera setups, framing?

Well I can’t say if it’s easy or not – but it’s fun and challenging 🙂  You must have an exact vision of the final photo to coordinate everything well. Because of the underwater camera case I had to adjust the camera settings before sinking and had to show my model the accurate pose and face expression I wanted, then go underwater, make framing and after few seconds the model must go underwater too. I was so lucky that Elizabeth was totally amazing and did the poses and expressions really well and mostly at the first try. That was a dream! 🙂

Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @34,3mm . f/6.4 . 1/125″ . ISO 400


Fuji X-T10 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4R @48,4mm . f/14 . 1/125″ . ISO 400


Thank you Nikol for your time! Before saying goodbye, would you like share some tips to all aspiring photographers reading this interview?

Do it with love and do it a lot! 😀
Thank you very much for your questions, guys and good luck with good light.

Note: The underwater housing is Dicapac WP-S3 (http://ko.dicapac.com/wp-s3/)

“Hi, I´m twenty-eight years young photo lover from the Czech Republic. I'm based in Prague and I like to travel (using my Fuji X-T10 for capturing every moment on the road) and I desperately love taking portraits of people mainly in natural light. Photography is my obsession and I just can´t be without it - and I´m really happy that it's also my job!”

1 Comment

  1. Hello what underwater case did you get and used with the 18-55 lens? We also have fuji x t-10 and xf 18-55 lens but there seems to be no underwater case for that. Can you advise?

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