Get started with the most popular specialty dive certification in the world, PADI Underwater Photographer!

a PADI underwater photographer specialty card with a nice reef in the background.
 
 
 

course details

why padi digital underwater photoraphy

Photo credit Alexandra Harper Graham

 

Capture your vacation memories!  The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty introduces you to basic photography techniques and terminology, allowing you to snap the best possible pictures underwater.  Since buoyancy is a critical part of good underwater photography, you can enhance your photographs by combining the course with the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty.  If you have just acquired a new underwater camera, this course will help you get the most out of it.  We also have cameras available for rent; see our Rental Gear page for more information on camera rental.

what do i need to start

You need to be at least 10 years old, and be PADI Open Water certified (or equivalent certification from another organisation), and a digital camera that can go underwater (or rent one from us).  It is also extremely beneficial to have good buoyancy control, as this will greatly increase the quality of your underwater photos.

what will i do

Through knowledge development sessions you will learn the principles of underwater photography which include

  • Picture composition
  • ISO settings
  • Aperture and shutter speed settings
  • Flash vs available light photography
  • Camera-handling techniques

This knowledge is applied on two open water dives where you will work with our experienced photography instructors to get the best results from your underwater adventures memories.

what do i earn at the end

In the end, you will be certified as a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer, a widely accepted sign of your photography training.

 
PADI open water diver certification card with coconut tree divers
 

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