Digital Underwater Photography

Have you ever gone for that perfect dive and all you can think is “I wish I had a camera”? Underwater photography has always been popular, but for a long time it was limited to people who could afford the expensive underwater housings for their cameras. The advent of cheaper housings attracted more people but we were still limited by the number of frames on a film.

The advent of digital cameras heralded a new age in underwater photography. Suddenly, people had instant results – no more getting home and finding that you completely missed the whale shark and instead got a photo of blue water.

Instant results means something else: accelerated learning. It is now possible to go for a dive and see your results before you even leave the dive site – in fact before you even leave your photograph subject! With digital cameras coming down further in price every day, underwater photography is becoming more and more popular – are you going to share your experiences too?

What will I learn?

  • An introduction to your camera system and its features
  • Camera care and maintenance
  • Photo composition – yes it’s still important, there’s only so much Photoshop can do!
  • The PADI SEA method: sharpness, exposure and composition
  • Digital file formats
  • Making your photos lighter and darker using several methods
  • Examining and adjusting exposure underwater
  • Buoyancy control
  • Getting sharper pictures
  • Basic strobe (flash) use
  • Image downloading, sorting and backing up
  • Image processing
  • Sharing your images with the world

What will I need?

  • Your own mask, snorkel, fins and boots
  • Your own digital camera with underwater housing rated to 30/40m (ask at your local Aquatic Adventures if you need help selecting a camera or finding out your housing’s depth rating)
  • Two passport photos
  • If you have a laptop computer, bring it along!

Course costs: $295

This includes:

  • Instruction
  • PADI Digital Photography manual
  • White balance slate
  • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer certification (which can be used towards your Master Scuba Diver rating)
  • Two shore dives
  • Gear hire if needed (except mask, snorkel, boots & fins)

To enquire about Digital Underwater Photography courses please contact your local Aquatic Adventures store, or check our Calendar for dates.