Digital Underwater Photographer
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About the Course
During the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course, you’ll learn how to take underwater photos you’ll be proud to share with others.
Avoid beginner mistakes and shorten the learning curve with tips from the pros. Learn how to use underwater photography lights (strobes), avoid backscatter and enhance colour.
How to Take Great Underwater Photos
PADI eLearning makes it easy to learn underwater photography fundamentals. Learn about composition, shooting angles, lighting, and photographer etiquette.
Study at your own pace, online or offline, using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor for in-water training, or whenever you have a question.
At The Dive Shop
With Your Instructor
During two dives you’ll get hands-on experience taking photos with a compact camera or action camera (use your own or ask about our rental equipment). You’ll use the SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots.
Prerequisites & Minimum Age
Minimum Age: 10
Course prerequisites: (Jr.) Open Water Diver or equivalent entry-level certification
Other Costs & Equipment
This course requires both knowledge development and in-water training for certification.
Beyond basic scuba equipment, you'll need a digital underwater camera and a computer or other device for downloading and viewing your images. It’s best to use your own camera, strobes, etc. during the course so you can become familiar with how they work. But, we do offer you a camera and housing to use for the duration of the course. This is helpful if you want to see what it's all about before purchasing your own underwater photography gear.
PADI eLearning: 2-4 hours
Entire course: 2 days
After this course
The first dive of the Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course may count toward your Advanced Open Water Diver Certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
Every PADI Specialty certification you earn gets you one step closer to achieving the elite PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.