PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course

 
Course Introduction

The PADI Digital Underwater Scuba Diver Course has to be one of my favorites. On a typical dive it is not uncommon for me to take 250 to 400 pictures. I enjoy sharing them with my friends and I also can make some money from them as well.

If you have a passion for taking pictures underneath the water then why not become a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer. You do not need an expensive camera to take this course. Even the inexpensive cameras of today take incredible underwater digital pictures if you know how to use them correctly.

This course is designed to be an introduction to basic underwater photography and to help the student diver develop the skills, knowledge and practical techniques necessary to enjoy this interesting activity.

Course Overview

The purpose of the PADI Underwater Photographer specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of underwater digital and still photography.

The Underwater Photographer or Underwater Digital Photographer specialty course is intended to serve as a safe and supervised introduction to underwater digital and still photography techniques used in the underwater environment.
Training emphasizes on fun and safety.

Upon completing the PADI Underwater Photographer course, the student should be able to:

A. Demonstrate and explain basic photographic principles, composition, including principles of exposure and focus, strobe and available light photography, camera-handling techniques, and composition.

B. Select, prepare, care for and maintain underwater photographic equipment.

C. Take underwater photographs that are properly composed, focused and exposed.

academics

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course begins with independent study and knowledge development. Students will begin by watching the PADI Digital Underwater Photography video. Then Students will read and complete all knowledge reviews inside of their PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Manual. Your instructor will review your knowledge reviews during your classroom session.

 

Open Water Training Dives

Open Water Training Dive 1 a
For students using cameras with macro and strobe photography capability — taking macro photographs.
By the end of this Underwater Photography Dive One, the student should be able to:
• Prepare and assemble an underwater camera system for macro-photography.
• Set the shutter speed, aperture and focus appropriately for macro-photography.
• Frame and expose a complete roll of film or memory card, taking underwater macro-pictures.
• Bracket the exposure of each type of photo taken underwater by varying either strobe-to-subject distance or on automatic cameras, changing the ISO number.
• Compose each macro photo with consideration of flash angle, camera angle, subject position, image completeness, foreground, background and complementary colors.
Open Water Training Dive 1 b
For students using cameras without macro accessories and/or a strobe — taking pictures of aquatic still-life (i.e., starfish, resting fish, plants, attached animals, etc.
By the end of this Underwater Photography Dive One, the student should be able to:
• Prepare and assemble an underwater camera system.
• Set the shutter speed and aperture (if appropriate) for an exposure based on manual meter readings, general film exposure information or automatic programing information.
• Focus the camera by varying subject-to-camera distance or focus knob setting.
• Frame and expose a complete roll of film or memory card, taking underwater still-life pictures.
• Bracket the exposure of each type of photo taken underwater by varying either shutter speeds or f/stops (if appropriate). Compose each still life photo with consideration of camera angle, subject position, image completeness, foreground, background and complementary colors.

Open Water Training Dive 2 a
For students using cameras with strobe photography capability (Balancing strobe and natural light).
By the end of this dive, the student should be able to:
• Prepare and assemble an underwater camera system for strobe photography. (Recommended: a lens with a focal length of 35mm or less.)
• Set the shutter speed appropriately for strobe synchronization.
• Set aperture based on ambient light — read with manual meter and automatic camera readings.
• Manipulate strobe power or strobe-to-subject distance such that a balance with the ambient light is achieved.
• Focus, frame and expose a complete roll of film or memory card, taking underwater balanced-light pictures.
• Bracket the exposure of each type of photo taken underwater by varying either strobe-to-subject distances or f/stops.
• Compose each photo with consideration of flash angle, camera angle, subject position, image completeness, foreground, background and complementary colors.

Open Water Training Dive 2 b
For students using cameras without a strobe — taking pictures of a dive buddy.
By the end of this dive, the student should be able to:
• Prepare and assemble an underwater camera system.
• Set the shutter speed and aperture (if appropriate) for an exposure based on manual meter readings, general film exposure information or automatic programing information.
• Focus the camera by varying subject-to-camera distance or focus knob setting.
• Frame and expose a complete roll of film, taking diver pictures.
• Bracket the exposure of each type of photo taken underwater by varying either shutter speeds or f/stops (if appropriate).

• Compose each diver photo with consideration of flash angle, camera angle, subject position, image completeness, foreground, background and complementary colors.

    course duration

    The total course duration is approximately 12 hours typically conducted over 2 to 3 classes. For more information on specific scheduling for this course please click on the calendar below.

     

    Recommended Additional Training (optional)

    We suggest that all divers enrolling in PADI Specialty Course take the PADI Enriched Air Scuba Diver Course first in order to increase bottom time during your training dives.

    Click here for more information on PADI Eriched Diver Course.

Course Prerequisites

    prerequisite training

    Be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.

     

    Age requirements

    PADI Minimum Age Requirement is 10 years old.

     
    depth restrictions

    The maximum depth is 30 meters/100 feet and for Junior Divers (12-14 years old) the maximum depth is 21 meters/70 feet.

     

    required Books

    The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Crewpak

    Crewpak: includes PADI Digital Underwater Photography DVD and Specialty Manual.

     

     

    required equipment

    Standard SCUBA Gear: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Compass, Dive Computer or Dive Watch, Knife, Safety Sausage, Communication Slate, Safety Whistle, Dive Lights, BCD, Regulators with Submersible Pressure Gauge, Tanks, Weights, Gloves and Wetsuit if required(during winter classes).

     

     

    Rental equipment is not included in this class. If you need to rent equipment please do not forget to select the rental equipment you will need when you book your course.

     

     

    All Students Are Required to Have a Dive Computer or Dive Watch for all courses.

     

    waivers and liability releases

    All participants must sign the following PADI release prior to any in water training. Parent or guardian signature is requiredfor participants younger than legal age for all PADI programs.

     

    Certification

    Upon successfully completing the course, you’ll receive the PADI Underwater Photographer specialty certification.

    This certification means that you will be qualified to:

    a. Plan, organize, make and log underwater photography dives in conditions generally compared to, or better than, those in which you are trained.

    b. Apply for the Master Scuba Diver rating if you are a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) and a PADI Rescue Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) with certification in four or more other PADI specialty ratings.

PADI Course Cost, Location and Schedule

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    We offer private lessons seven days a week. Sign up today and start diving tomorrow. We offer group lessons twice a month. Check the course schedule for more details.

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