Underwater Photography

Underwater Photography in Sipaway


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Sipaway is a heaven for underwater photographers. The abundant little critters along the reef provide awesome macro-wide angle shots. Often times it’s the picture of a strange critter that inspires the most “oohs and ahs” from unsuspecting audiences. Shooting macro forces us to slow down and observe the endless photo opportunities that surround us while diving. It is not uncommon for discerning underwater macro photographers to confine an entire dive to a small piece of reef due to ample macro opportunities within close proximity to one another. Taking pictures while scuba diving is extremely fun and rewarding. Share your scuba images with friends and family, print them as posters for your home decoration or show them off in the internet. Underwater pictures are a perfect tool to bring the stories of your latest diving adventures come alive and a remembrance of dive adventures long ago.

Macro Underwater Photography Tips


Shooting macro underwater is a great way to start because their are plenty of subjects and it can be relatively easy. These tips will help you perfect your underwater photography macro skills.



  • Take Digital Underwater Photography along with Project AWARE Fish ID and know what you are taking pictures of Know the animals and the environment you are going to photograph. It helps to participate in an AWARE Fish Identification or Underwater Naturalist Specialty course to learn how to find and understand the critters you are going to see.
  • As the saying goes in underwater photography (and not only in macro), “get close, and when you think you are close enough, get closer.” Eliminating the amount of water between you and your subject is the starting point for creating colorful and sharp underwater images. The water contains countless tiny particles which are not that distracting to your eye, but when lit up by your strobes, ruin images.
  • To get close, you need to have excellent buoyancy skills. Additionally, there needs to be ample room for your port. Breaking corals or disturbing the environment is not an option! Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Steadying yourself should be limited to placing one or two fingers on a dead part of the reef and keeping your body off of the reef altogether.
  • It helps to participate in a Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course to learn how to improve your buonacy skills.
  • Photographers and Videographers have a tendancy to use more gas, and want to stay longer, two things that do not compliment each other well. Consider increasing your skills to offset these problems. An Enriched Air course will make more bottom time available to you, a sidemount will allow you to carry more gas.
  • The deeper you go while scuba diving, the less light available for underwater photography. Along with the scuba gear required for these dives, plan to bring an external flash for your camera equipment to add back the light lost with depth. A PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course can show you how to effectively choose and use an underwater flash.
  • Most of all, remember what you learned in your scuba diving class. You are a diver first and then a photographer. Your safety and that of divers around you depends on keeping this in mind at all times.

PADI Underwater Photography Courses


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. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.

What does it cover?

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Course Online includes all the knowledge development requirements for the course. If you want to take digital photos and video near, around or underwater this course will teach you how. In the first two sections, the focus is primarily on still photography – whether you take digital still images with a camera or camcorder. Finally, Section Three covers some specific tips on how to image quality underwater video with digital cameras.

Who can benefit from completing the course?

The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to use a digital camera or video underwater and also helps improve the skills and knowledge of those who already have some experience with underwater digital imaging. The course is open to snorkelers, aquatic enthusiasts and certified divers of all levels. Snorkelers and scuba divers may be certified as PADI Digital Underwater Photographers upon completion of the skills portion of the course.

How does it work?

After enrolling, PADI’s eLearning® system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you check understanding of the presented information before moving on. This lets you go through the program efficiently and at your own pace. End-of-section exams verify your mastery of the entire topic and are automatically scored.

What else is required to complete the course?

Unlike other PADI eLearning® system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might happen to miss. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace.
What else is required to complete the course? Prior to certification as a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Level One, you must complete a training dive in a pool, confined water or open water with a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor. The Level One certification is open to snorkelers and the certification card issued for that level will state that it is a non-diving certification level. For divers in training or divers that are already certified, certification as a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Level Two requires you to complete a second open water training dive. Contact your PADI Dive Center or Resort to schedule these sessions.

How long do you have to complete the eLearning course?

The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration.


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