Photographer of the Week – Luis Fillipe Couto

One of many ocean’s coolest critters, the aptly named flamboyant cuttlefish, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


Brazilian shooter Luis Fillipe Couto started his images and scuba diving journey in tandem again in 2014. The digital camera that kick-started his love of underwater imaging? A borrowed GoPro HERO3, which he used to report dives on his honeymoon!

As many photographers who start capturing with a GoPro can recognize, Luis quickly observed the constraints of that digital camera. It was a ardour for nudibranchs and eager to seize them in all their glory that was the largest impetus to start out researching underwater images fundamentals and methods—particularly macro. It took just a few years for Luis to avoid wasting up for a “actual” digital camera, however because of some beneficiant associates, he was in a position to borrow a rig on occasion to follow his expertise. 

The pandemic gave Luis the chance to hone his topside expertise with birds and small topics round his dwelling whereas unable to journey and dive. Lastly, originally of 2022, he was in a position to purchase a housing for his digital camera, which additionally coincided with a relocation to South Florida. Whereas he was in a position to do a number of dives regionally on the well-known Blue Heron Bridge, it was lastly in February 2023 that he was in a position to go to Raja Ampat and Lembeh Strait. Over the course of some dozen dives, Luis produced some incredible macro pictures that we’re that includes on this portfolio. Contemplating Luis is so new to underwater images, the standard of images is sort of outstanding!

Luis stresses his ardour for capturing underwater continues to be rising and that whereas he has so much to study, he seems to be ahead to persevering with to enhance his footage. No doubt, South Florida is an ideal place to pursue his images journey.


Thorny seahorse photographed with backlight, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


Pink section Bargibant’s pygmy seahorse, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


Yellow section Bargibant’s pygmy seahorse, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


A Mexichromis multituberculata meandering over the muck in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


A shocking narrowbar reefgoby photographed within the black sand of the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


A pair of Shawn the Sheep nudibranchs having a gathering of the minds, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


A painted frogfish gone fishin’, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


A spinecheek anemonefish peering out of its anemone dwelling, Raja Ampat, Indonesia


A pair of lemon gobies grumpily staring on the digital camera from inside an previous shell, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


A wonderpus shifting over the rubbly backside, Indonesia


A tender coral goby on colourful tender coral, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


Bobbit worm: Not all critters are cute and cuddly! Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


The non-yellow morph Pikachu nudibranch, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia


A diminutive bumblebee shrimp crawling among the many spines of an urchin, Palm Seashore, Florida, USA


To view extra of Luis’ lovely macro work, try his Instagram page.