Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment. Whether you use a point-and-shoot fixed lens camera, an adjustable focal length compact camera, or a sophisticated Digital SLR camera like the professional underwater photographers use, you can be taking beautiful under photographs in no time at all.
- How to choose the appropriate underwater camera system for you needs
- The PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
- The three primary principles for good underwater photos
- Tips for editing and saving your underwater photographs
The simplest camera is the fixed focal length camera. This camera comes with a lens that is simply a point and shoot. You cannot adjust the focal length, which makes it very easy to use in exchange for somewhat limiting the photos you can take. This camera can come in its own waterproof housing or be placed in a commercial housing for underwater use. It usually has a small built in strobe that has limited range underwater.
The compact adjustable focal length compact camera is very popular for underwater photography. This type of camera often allows both still photography and video. The housing can be part of the unit like the Sealife Mini Underwater Camera or a separate unit. The Sealife DC-14oo is an example of a very good camera that can be taken out of the housing and used on land. Prices for these two types can run from $139.95 to $599.95 or higher. These cameras have a built in strobe and be also be used with an external strobe for greater lighting options. The Sealife Digital Strobe is a very popular option of this type. These are probably the most popular of the underwater cameras used today.
The Digital SLR Camera is a Custom Underwater Housing in the most sophisticated of the underwater camera systems. This system allows the diver to select a very high quality camera for the utmost in photographic equipment. The underwater housing is custom made to utilize all the features of this type of camera. This is by far the most expensive of the choices. The camera and the housing can each cost well over $1000.00. A custom lighting system will further add to the cost of this system.
The PADI Digital UW Photography Course consists of both classroom sessions and two open water dives. The first session is to go over the academic material and discuss proper camera use and equipment options. The second class is ideally done after the dives so that the photographs can be looked at and suggestions for photographic technique and editing can be discussed. The required student kit includes a digital photography manual and slate to use when adjusting white balance underwater.
The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course is not only fun and informative but will pay dividends every time you take underwater photographs by giving you some lasting memories of your great Aquatic Adventures.