PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Speciality Course

DUP - one of the most popular PADI Specialities!


PADI Digital Underwater Photography Speciality Course

The PADI Digital underwater photographer course is split into two parts, Level 1 and Level 2.

Level 1 is based in the classroom and swimming pool / confined water. This teaches you how to set up your camera, what the modes do, how the light changes underwater and how this affects the way you take a picture.

Level 2 gets you more classroom and then into open water and taking real pictures! – wrecks, marine life, fish, you name it! - The cool stuff underwater that no-one believes you saw!

Throughout the course you will learn about the different options for cameras, and which may be best for you. The PADI SEA method for getting the best shots, the primary principles of good underwater photography, also an overview on how to adjust the shots you have taken and make them into award winning pictures (OK maybe not, but certainly good enough to impress your friends!)

You will learn about

  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you.
  • The PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly.
  • Principles for good composition of underwater images.
  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera.

Level 1

  • The Digital Revolution
  • Digital Cameras – Three Types
  • Digital Underwater Camera Systems
  • General Digital Photography
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Basic Underwater Shooting
  • The PADI SEA Method
  • Entry and exit techniques
  • After the Dive

Level 2

  • Digital File Formats
  • Choosing Image Resolution
  • Making Your Underwater Photos Lighter or Darker
  • Examining and Adjusting Exposure Underwater
  • Getting Sharp Pictures Underwater
  • Composing Your Photos for Maximum Effect
  • Setting Manual White Balance Underwater
  • Basic Underwater Strobe Use
  • Using Built-In Flash Underwater
  • Using External Flash Underwater

We see not point in rushing the course you are there to learn as much as you can about taking photos and your camera, so if it takes longer it takes longer, you never stop learning about taking good pictures.

We also run optional photo editing classes for club members to help you enhance your computer editing skills.

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Who should take this Scuba course?

This course is good for almost every scuba diver and snorkeler who wants to take better photos in the water, we all want to take great pictures when we are in the water both here in the UK and around the world when we are on holiday.

 This course is open to all scuba divers and snorkelers.

How long does this DUP Digital Photography Speciality Course take?

Read the manual which is included FREE and complete knowledge reviews. We normally do the theory in one of our classrooms and is normally completed in 1 evening providing you have done your homework.

Then for level 1 we do a swimming pool dive then back into the classroom to have a look at the photos.

For level 2 another session in the classroom and  open water dive.

Can be completed in a single day or over 2 evenings and half a day at an open water dive site. 

What comes next after your DUP Digital Photography Speciality Course?

Now your starting to understand your camera and how to take some great shots you will want to stay longer underwater and you will want great buoyancy to hold the camera still why not sign up to one of these courses.

PADI PPB Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality – We use buoyancy on every dive, this is a very important course that helps most divers at every level to improve their buoyancy skills and trim. Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life and take some awesome photos without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level. Book Now - PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality Course.

PADI Drysuit Speciality - Getting chilly in the water or between dives? Yes? This 3 dive drysuit course is one of the most popular specialities in the UK and teaches you how to dive safely in a drysuit keeping you more comfortable and warmer. Drysuits keep you dry while diving allowing you to control your warmth by changing what you wear under the suit. They also keep you warmer on the surface but stopping the wind cutting through your wet wetsuit. Best to start this course and do the theory before purchasing a suit so you make the right purchasing choice. Fit is very important and there are lots of options. Book Now - PADI Drysuit Speciality Course

PADI EAN Nitrox Diver - Now you'll want to stay longer so you can take some great digital photos. This classroom based course is the most popular PADI speciality and qualifies you to use Nitrox to give you longer no stop time, more time before you reach your NDL limit. You also need this course if you want to take up TEC diving or go bubble free with Recreational Rebreather diving. Book Now - EAN Nitrox Diver Course.


What is included in this course

PADI Manual, Instructor Fees and Instruction.

What is not included in this courses

 Transport, Parking, Gas, Dive site / Dive Boat Fees, Pool Fees, Camera hire, PADI Certification Fee and Kit Hire (Special rental rates for kit hire during courses).

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