PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Course

Digital Underwater Photography One of the most creative PADI Specialty Diver courses is that of Digital Underwater Photographer. You will be introduced to the world of taking photographs under water using some of the latest still photo equipment available. Don't let this phrase fool you, though, since the principles of light, shadow, and exposure control will apply to any camera system, whether it is a simple camera in a housing, or a top-of-the-line amphibious camera system. Don't worry, though, since all the top underwater photographers spent a lot of time and effort learning how to take better underwater pictures. The two dives done for the course will let you use wide-angle, macro and standard lens equipment. Use of cameras and accessories is included, but if you wish to use your own gear, you are more than welcome. Prerequisite: PADI Open Water Diver or higher.

From the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Instructor Guide

Course Overview
"The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course is a two-part (Level One and Level Two) introduction to digital underwater photography centered around today's point-and-shoot digital cameras. The course helps student divers develop the knowledge, skills and practical techniques necessary to obtain excellent photographs with a digital camera, even on their first photo dive. It is a materials-driven course intended for a broad audience - snorkelers, Discover Scuba Diving participants, Open Water Diver students and certified divers. The course is primarily for those interested in learning the basics of digital underwater photography."

"Level One of the course guides students in achieving good results easily, even if they've never used a digital camera before. It is designed as an introduction to course skills and knowledge. In Level One, students learn what equipment they need to take great underwater photographs, how to prepare their underwater photo system, and basic underwater photo techniques while diving in an environmentally friendly manner. Level One training is open to snorkelers, Open Water Diver students and certified divers. Students who successfully complete Level One may receive a PADI certification card."

Level One skill development may be done in a pool/confined water or in open water. "After students successfully complete Level One, they may move on to Level Two to learn how to make their photographs even better. Level Two expands what they need to know about file formats, resolution settings, making their images lighter or darker, getting good color, composing their photo, downloading photographs into their computer and adjusting them to look their best. Level Two training is open to snorkelers and certified divers. Level Two skill development is done in open water. Participants who successfully complete Level Two skill development qualify for the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty certification."

We typically conduct the Digital Underwater Photography course on tropical trips, but any location that has an appreciable amount of photo subjects can suffice for conducting the course. See our Trips Page for trips that may include the Digital Underwater Photography Course or go to our Class Schedules.