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  • PADI Underwater Photography Courses

Underwater Digital Photography Courses

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To enroll you will need to be a PADI Open Water Diver (or hold an equivalent certification from another training organisation).  For more information about learning to Scuba Dive please visit our page: Learn to Dive

We can customise your training according to your current skills and objectives.  We can also provide training for Go Pro, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro and offer workshops that focus various subjects including Macro, Wide Angle, Sillouetes and Camera Movement.

Our Underwater Photography courses are run by Barry Neal a London based professional underwater photographer who has travelled the world putting his skills to good use. He has extensive experience of taking underwater photos and have travelled the world doing so. Our underwater photography course provides a thorough foundation in underwater photography. He has been a professional photographer for over 10 years and has visited destinations such as Azores, Bali, Java, Komodo, Nusa Lembongan, Bohol Philippines and Thailand. He’ll take a look at your current knowledge and fit the course around you and you taking great underwater images. 

The Photography course is designed to take you through learning the basics of using your camera and composing photographs on land before applying the same princibles underwater. Whilst most individuals will benefit from completing all 3 modules in succession you can customise your course to cover only what you need. Underwater courses will cover the importance of providing a stable platform for your camera by being neutrally bouyant and utilising good diving skills. Although you can take this course as a certified Open Water Diver it is recommended that you first complete your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or consider the PADI Peak Perfromance Bouyancy Speciality.

Module 1 – Fundamentals of Photography

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This module does not involve any in-water work and applies equally to photography on land. To begin we look at the fundamentals of photography and how to get comfortable with the different settings of your camera on land. He will explain exposure, cover the different camera modes & metering modes.

Next we look at the importance of white balance and how to implement on your camera aswell as discussing the differences between Camera RAW format and JPEG. Composition & Storytelling through still pictures is essential to the art of photography and you have the option of taking on an assignment before you move on to the next module. Finally Barry will introduce Adobe Lightroom, you will get to know the main interface, and how to import your images, use the basic sliders in the develop module and export your finished photographs.

Module 2 – Shooting Underwater in Ambient Light

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If you have not completed Module 1 you will need to be comfortable using your camera in manual mode and have a good understanding of your cameras settings. Before our water session we will discuss the potential problems that shooting underwater presents us with and how we can overcome them. Next we look at the equipment we will use including how to select a camera and which accessory lenses, housings, ports and/or wet lenses will best allow you to overcome the challenges of shooting underwater. Camera Setup incorporates choosing the best settings for your underwater environment and how to setup the housing.

As we plan our pool session we also discuss how we should prepare for future dives thinking about our subjects, the environment and safety. Underwater you will practice composing shots using Programme, Aperture, Shutter or Manual Modes in Ambient Light whilst maintaining Neutral Bouyancy and ensuring you are a steady platform for your camera. You will be encouraged to think about Lighting and discover for yourself how shooting with, across or against the light dramatically alters your shots.

After the water session we will go through the steps necessary for maintaining your equipment.

Finally you will upload your images to Adobe Lightroom and learn how to use develop presets and applying colour correction to your underwater photographs.

Module 3 – Shooting Underwater with Artificial Light

  • We begin by examining the benefits of artificial lighting to understand its strengths and limitations. We will also discuss the differences between strobes and constant light sources and the pros and cons of each. We will look at the mounting options for your light source.
  • Setting up your camera and strobes you will practice basic lighting techniques on land.
  • Underwater you will practice shooting with only Artificial Light
  • In this processing session you can choose to complete a retouch in Lightroom or learn how to move files from Lightroom into Photoshop to more effectively remove backscatter and distracting backgrounds

Spotlight Water Workshops

Customise your own session to focus on what matters to you

This is intended for individuals already familiar with the fundamentals of photography who are confident in the water but would like to work on a specific subject or skillset.

  • Choose what is important to you: Macro, Wide Angle, Artificial Light, Advanced Composition techniques, Fish Portraits, Divers, Sillouettes…
  • Take a look at the various accessories available that can help with your speciality
  • Discuss theory
  • Practical session in central London pool
  • Review & Re-touch in Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop
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1 Module:  £195
2 Modules – 1/2 day or 2 x Tuesday evenings  £245
3 Modules – One day or 3 x Tuesday evenings  £295
Spotlight – 1/2 day £245

Prices include use of school camera (if you don’t have your own) and materials.

To book please call 0800 699 0243

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. We look forward to teaching you how to take decent photos and allowing you to amaze your friends and family.


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