Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty

Course pre-requisites

To start this specialty you´ll need to
• be at least 14 years old
• hold the PADI Open Water Diver qualification, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation
• have dived within the last six months and feel confident in your assembly and use of SCUBA equipment, along with reasonable buoyancy control. If in any doubt then please contact us, but we can offer you the PADI Reactivate program to prepare you for the training dives

• have a medical statement completed and signed by your doctor (download here)

• agree to our course terms and conditions (download here)

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty

from €156

Course Description

As divers we are privileged to experience and see so many amazing things; from the tiniest nudibranch to the biggest pelagic animals, or the wreck of a small fishing boat to the colossus battleship. With a digital underwater camera system we no longer have to confine what we see to our memories, instead we can capture the beauty and majesty of all we see beneath the surface to share with family and friends . The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty is an introduction to the use of ‘point & shoot’ underwater cameras, and provides information on camera systems, techniques for taking pictures underwater, along with digital file management. The PADI Underwater Digital Photographer Specialty requires two dives over one day, and combined with the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty manual, provides you with the knowledge and skills to get the most enjoyment from your underwater photography dives.


Course Content

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course includes everything you´ll need. We´ll supply you with:

• Full equipment for diving including wetsuit, BCD, regulator set, air/EANx dive computer, cylinders, hood, gloves, boots, fins, mask and weight system
• Canon digital camera and underwater housing
• PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty manual
• Certification upon successful completion

And remember that on all of our courses there will never be more than four students per course!

You can book this course from €156 or alternatively enjoy a fully inclusive diving holiday from just €242 (2 people sharing)

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Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty comes with an information-packed and easy to understand manual. Within this manual you´ll get to look at -

• The Digital Revolution               
• Digital Cameras – Three Types
• Digital Underwater Camera Systems       
• General Digital Photography
• Digital Underwater Photography       
Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty• Basic Underwater Shooting
• The PADI SEA Method               
• Digital File Formats
• Choosing Image Resolution           
• Making Your Underwater Photos Lighter or Darker
• Examining and Adjusting Exposure Underwater   
• Getting Sharp Pictures Underwater
• Composing Your Photos for Maximum Effect   
• Setting Manual White Balance Underwater
• Basic Underwater Strobe Use           
• Using Built-In Flash Underwater
• Using External Flash Underwater

Included within the manual are two Knowledge Development sections that you´ll need to complete, and are designed to help you better understand and retain the information.

With the knowledge development completed it´s time to gear up and head into the water. There are two dives to complete, so let´s take a look at each dive we´ll be doing.

Dive One – depth 6-14 mtrs

Digital Underwater Photographer SpecialtyOur first dive is just about taking photos; lots of them! You´ll be given an opportunity to photograph your dive buddies; close up, far away, shooting down and shooting up. We’ll also try to photograph as much of the aquatic life as we can; close up, far away, with flash, without flash.

At the end of the dive we’ll review the photos you’ve taken, see what worked, and what didn’t, and prepare ourselves for dive two.

When we´re ready to go, we´ll perform our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water for some photography fun

Dive Two – depth 6-14 mtrs

We’re going to sharpen our skills for this dive. Using our experience and thoughts from the first dive, we’ll be more specific on what photos we want to take, and try to perfect them as best we can. We’ll be using more of the cameras features, and spend more time on each of our shots. After the dive we’ll load the photos up onto a laptop, and using an editing suite (Photoshop etc.) we’ll see how well you´ve done.

Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty

• Enter the water safely wearing snorkelling or scuba equipment in a manner that protects the camera system from damage

• Dive with an underwater photo system demonstrating care for the environment and techniques that avoid damaging it

• Practice getting proper exposure, contrast and sharpness by using and controlling (as appropriate to the camera system) shutter, aperture, EV control, focus and flash

• Practice getting good colour by using (as appropriate to the camera system) manual white balance, pre-set/pre-programmed scene modes, flash, filters and wide angle lenses

• Practice composition through choice of subject, subject positioning, negative space and other compositional elements

• Demonstrate use of the PADI SEA Method by using (as appropriate to the camera system) the LCD monitor and/or histogram to evaluate exposure, sharpness and composition.
At the end of the dive, exit the water safely in a manner that protects the camera system from damage


What other courses can you link in, and achieve greater enjoyment and safety under the water? The ability to control your position underwater cannot be overstated enough for photography. Whether you need a horizontal position for skimming above the reefs or a vertical position for drifting along deep walls, buoyancy control is critical to good photography. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Diver course specifically targets skills and techniques for maintaining good buoyancy and trim, and makes a perfect companion course to the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty.

Many more of our own great photographs can be found on our Flickr page.

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