Indonesia is famous for its rich coral reefs and marine life, one of the reasons that attracts a lot of photographers all over the world to come. Underwater photography is an exciting experience and has become one of the hobbies that many scuba divers enjoy doing. If you are a scuba diver, freediver, or simply feel most comfortable in the water, then bringing a camera to capture the underwater world on your next trip could be your thing.
Meet Jhon Henriano who is a professional underwater photographer & videographer known for his amazing works. Besides from his profession as underwater photography & videographer, he is also a technical underwater advisor at Divesea, Bigblue & Divevolk ambassador, and works at Pertamina Hulu Energi. He is also actively involved in several diving communities, such as the Indonesia Diver Community (IDC), Free diving Society, and Pertamina Dive Club (PHE).
Born in Pekanbaru, Riau, he was initially interested in the underwater world because of his love for photography. Like many beginners, he didn’t find his underwater photos were as good as he would have expected and that was what triggered his curiosity to discover more. In 2015, he started taking photos and videos from an action camera and then progressing into a compact camera a few years later in 2017. With more experience, he quickly realized that what he can achieve from a compact camera was quite limited. Until early in 2021 he has now upgraded his equipment to a full professional camera set.
Underwater photography was definitely not easy nor cheap. To get the resulting image as it is today may require hundreds of hours experience in the water. He went through a lot of trials and errors, including buying the wrong type of underwater photography equipment which increased the spending cost even higher. But as someone as talented as him it is definitely a passion worth pursuing.
Throughout his underwater career journey, Jhon Henriano has received many achievements, such as:
1. Nominated for best Photo on Manado event “World breaker : Pengibaran Bendera Merah Putih Terpanjang” August 2018
2. Garmin Champion – Padi Underwater Photo Sept 2019 (online Voted)
3. Winner of MOA South Asian Got Talent 2020 Cinematography “Dance in the Water” 2021
4. Indonesian Next Top Model Underwater Photographer “Underwater Challenge 2021”
5. National Geographic Indonesia Photo award 2021
6. Xiaomi Global Project for Product Launch 2021 “Xiaomi M11 Ultra”
7. PON XX 2021, Underwater Photo Project With Nurulita
8. Toyota #startyourimpossible – Underwater
9. 3rd Winner International Underwater Photo Competitions Manado 2021. for Open Category.
10. Chinese National Geographic – Cinematography. Represent Qualcomm & Divevolk
11. Ministry of Law and Human Rights – 2020 “Upacara dan Pengibaran Bendera Bawah Laut”
It’s not easy to be an underwater photography/videographer, your safety is number one and firstly, you need to get a scuba diving license. There are many challenges presented underwater such as currents, low tide, high tide, and the object itself , etc. On top of that , the equipment is not cheap. In some cases, underwater camera housing can be twice more expensive than the price of the camera itself. Underwater photography/videography needs a lot of supporting equipment to create great photos and videos. But more importantly, knowledge of lighting underwater plays a huge part. It definitely takes a lot of practice to make perfect and to accomplish such skill.
Although underwater photography was originally a side project for Jhon Henriano, but with a series of achievements that have been engraved, proves that something that started as a hobby can develop into something more when it’s done with high dedication.
For more photos of Jhon Henriano click here. His interesting video content about scuba diving, freedive, mermaid activities, and reviews of underwater photography gears can be view through his Youtube channel.
If you’re interested in collaboration for Underwater Pre-wedding Photo & Videography, you can also contact him via Instagram direct message.