Phuket Underwater Photography course
PADI Digital Underwater Photographer
Phuket underwater photography course – you can choose to do the course at any of these dive sites: Racha Yai Island, Racha Noi Island, Shark Point, the King Cruiser Wreck, Anemone Reef or the Phi Phi Islands.
- Digital Underwater Photographer course
1 day 3 dives
from 8,000 baht
PADI UW photographer course pre-requisites:
PADI Open water diver certified (or equivalent qualifying certification from another training organization)
Minimum 12 years of age.
Completed PADI medical statement.
**It is important that you have dived recently (last 6 months) and have good buoyancy control. Without good buoyancy control you probably won’t take good photos so consider taking a buoyancy course first if necessary.
Included in the course price:
PADI Digital Underwater Photographer manual, rental dive equipment (excluding camera), light breakfast, lunch, snacks and soft drinks on the dive boat, PADI certification fee, return hotel transfers from Phuket main beach hotels.
PADI Digital Underwater Photographer
The manual that comes with the course is an excellent resource on it’s own. You can also learn a lot about underwater photography on the internet but in the end there is no substitute for getting in the water and doing it yourself. You’ll learn more in one dive than you will in many hours online.
The PADI digital underwater photographer course is suitable for any diver who is Open Water certified. No previous photography experience is required. The course will cover how to choose the right underwater camera set up for you and how to prepare and handle the camera.
The course will explain PADI’s SEA method for getting good underwater photos. You will be taught the three primary principles of good underwater photography.
The PADI course is a great intro to underwater cameras, it gets you taking good photos quickly. The manual that comes with the course is a good resource to keep and refer back to.
Why Digital Underwater Photography?
Underwater photography turns even the most mundane dive in to an exciting dive. There is always something to point your camera at and the memories last forever.
We still remember trying to take underwater photographs with film cameras. Nikonos V or Sea & Sea MX 10 produced pretty average results in our hands. They seemed to require expert skills, a couple of strobes and a fair degree of luck to get quality photos. Bulky SLR housings required remortgaging a house to afford. Worst of all we could only take 36 shots per dive. So many times the best sightings happened when the film was already spent. Using a new roll of film each dive got expensive and we didn’t even know if we had a good shot until we got back on land and had our films developed. Film cameras rarely seemed to capture the magic that we saw underwater.
All that changed with the digital camera revolution. Now you can snap away to your hearts content with gigabytes of memory to store your snaps. Digital sensors pick up the ambient light better than film. Live view screens do away with looking through a view finder. Even entry level point and shoot cameras can produce excellent results with just a few basic techniques and a bit of practice.
Instant play back allows you to see your results as soon as you’ve taken the shot. If your are not happy just delete and snap again until you get it right. See a fish you don’t know the name of. Photograph it and show your DM on board. No waiting for film developing.
Cameras are now much cheaper than they were. Entry level underwater camera packages can be had for a few hundred dollars. Want to take it further? The options are endless. Move up to a micro four thirds, add a strobe or a wide angle or a macro lens. Then move on to a D-SLR camera and take pro quality shots. Many cameras now also shoot HD video. Photo editing packages like photoshop and GIMP allow you to make the blue sea bluer and remove any back scatter.
Underwater cameras on Liveaboards
The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Course is one of the best specialty courses to combine with a liveaboard because:
- The course can be integrated seamlessly into the liveaboard trip dives.
- You get to take photos at the best dive spots with the best visibility and the best marine life.
- You get to photograph wide angle underwater vistas as well as macro critters.
- You can show off your photos in the evening on board.
- The photo specialty course is cheaper when combined with a liveaboard.