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PADI UNDERWATER DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER


The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course is a two-part introduction to digital underwater photography centred 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.


Required age/certification level

Minimum age:  10 years old and Padi Open Water certification/Junior Open Water certification, or have a qualifying certification from another organization.

OR

A snorkeler may take this course, there is then no age limitation.


There are 2 dives  in the Underwater Digital Photographer Course


Digital Photo Dive One

Performance Requirements by the end of this dive, you will:

Enter the water safely wearing snorkelling or scuba equipment in a manner that protects the camera system from damage and immediately after  entering the water remove bubbles from the lens and housing and test the various camera housing controls for proper function. Holding the camera lens down, being ready to lift the camera above water if water is entering the housing.  Then take one submerged test shot and start the dive.  While snorkelling or scuba diving, you will demonstrate care for the environment by applying techniques that avoid damaging it. If the camera is capable of manual white balance, you will white balance the camera underwater using the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer White Balance Slate. If the camera is not capable of manual white balance, use different “scene” modes to bracket your shots to achieve the best results.  You will take horizontal and vertical photos of a dive partner, to practice holding the camera housing in such a manner to avoid blurred photos and obstructing the lens or viewfinder and varying the distance /angles to optimise your shots. Then try taking other pictures while varying the angles and practicing getting close to the subjects. At the end of the dive, you will exit the water safely in a manner that protects the camera system from damage.


Digital Photo Dive Two

Digital Photo Dive Two Performance Requirements

By the end of this dive, you will:

Independently assemble and test camera equipment prior to the dive.

Enter the water safely wearing snorkelling or scuba equipment in a manner that protects the camera system from damage and dive taking care for the environment and using techniques that avoid damaging it. Practice getting proper exposure, contrast and sharpness by using the camera controls as appropriate to the camera system. Practice getting good colour composition through choice of subject, positioning, negative space and other compositional elements. Demonstrate use of the PADI SEA Method by using the LCD monitor and/or histogram (if available on the camera,) to evaluate exposure, sharpness and composition. At the end of the dive, you will exit the water safely in a manner that protects the camera system from damage.


Equipment Required

Each diver must have a snorkel, mask, fins, scuba cylinder, buoyancy

control device with low-pressure inflator, regulator a secondary air source, a submersible pressure gauge, a dive knife, a compass and an underwater digital camera.

Snorkelers should be comfortable in the water using a mask, snorkel and fins. They should also have a buoyancy control device as required e.g. snorkel vest/weight belt and/or wetsuit.


The following student materials are required for Level One:

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Manual  

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer White Balance Slate

Digital camera with underwater housing

Support hardware as necessary, including but not limited to camera batteries, memory cards, o-ring lubricant, etc.


In addition to the student materials required for Level One, Level Two students must have access to:

A computer, a drive or other device for downloading and backing up images

A computer, printer or other device (other than the camera) suitable for viewing digital images.


Prices    ( Excluding equipment rental.)

2+People = $325.00 each   Private = $425.00



Where can you go from here?

The Underwater Digital Photography Course can be credited towards Master Scuba Diver certification and is a great way achieve high quality underwater shots in the shortest possible time.