One of my favorite aspects of SCUBA diving is being able to take photographs underwater. I love photography in general and Underwater Photography is just my favorite. It allows me to relive my SCUBA diving vacations again and again. In order to become an Underwater Photographer you first have to get certified as a SCUBA Diver. In this area you would start by finding a Dive Center like Aquatic Adventures Scuba Academy a Dive Center in Northern Virginia. Aquatic Adventures offers both Scuba Classes in Northern Virginia and Scuba Dive Equipment in Northern Virginia.
Once you are Certified as a SCUBA Diver you can start taking underwater photographs right away. However, some additional Scuba Diving Skills will come in handy. PADI Specialty Scuba Diver Courses like the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy which will help improve you buoyancy in the water allowing you to take better photographs without stirring up the bottom. Needless to say other courses like PADI Underwater Digital Photography will also allow you to learn to take underwater photographs safely and to prevent common underwater photography mistakes.
Now that you have obtained your SCUBA Certification and have taken some PADI Specialty Diver Courses you are ready to start taking photographs underwater. Good underwater photographs start with good underwater cameras. Selecting your underwater camera or camera system is not overly difficult. Locally you find a Dive Center in Northern Virginia like Aquatic Adventures that not only carries Dive Equipment but underwater cameras and underwater camera systems but understands them and can help you and answer you questions regarding both the cameras and underwater photography in general, and will be able to pass on some tips enabling you to take better underwater photographs.
You can start with a housed camera like the Sealife DC-1200 underwater camera and housing which will allow you to start taking underwater photographs almost immediately. Later on you can add an underwater strobe light and or a wide angle lens to allow you to get closer and thus have more color in your underwater photographs. You can also start off with a complete underwater camera system like the Sealife DC-1200 Elite Camera System, which contains the camera, housing, strobe and wide angle lens in a deluxe carry bag.
Which ever way you choose the next thing to do is go diving and start taking underwater photographs. The more you take the better underwater photographer you will become. Some of the best opportunities to take underwater photos is on one of Aquatic Adventures Scuba Diving Trips. Remember your next Aquatic Adventure starts with Aquatic Adventures.