No photo experience required! That’s what the program is for – showing you how to take award winning pictures underwater. You’ll need to be at least a PADI Open Water Diver (PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent) and at least 12 experience the program.
The purpose of the PADI Underwater Photographer specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of underwater still photography. The Underwater Photographer specialty course is intended to serve as a safe and supervised introduction to underwater still photography techniques used in the underwater environment. Training should emphasize fun and safety. Upon completing the course, you should be able to:
Demonstrate and explain basic photographic principles, composition, including principles exposure and focus, strobe and available light photography, camera-handling techniques, and composition.
Select, prepare, care for and maintain underwater photographic equipment.
Take underwater photographs that are properly composed, focused and exposed.
During your PADI Underwater Photographer program you'll go on two open water dives, which may be conducted in one day. This is where you'll put in to practice the tips and techniques you learned from your instructor and the PADI Underwater Photogragher Manual and video.
Your elective Underwater Photography dive conducted during the Adventures In Diving program may count toward this specialty and visa versa at the discretion of your PADI Instructor.
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