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Digital Underwater Photographer

Scuba diver taking a photo

You don't necessarily need to invest in a massive underwater camera system to start taking great dive photos. A simple point-and-shoot camera will get you started. External flashes and strobes will help in many situations. If you think you will want to expand your system later on, take that into consideration if you are buying a camera, and check that the camera and its underwater housing will support external equipment.


You learn more about properties and how to choose camera equipment in the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course.

Digital cameras and underwater housings have made taking photos from your scuba dives easy and affordable. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Course shortens the learning curve and teaches you how to get great shots quickly.


Scuba diver with an underwater camera.

Digtal underwater photography does not need to be overly technical. There are several different types of digital cameras. They range from simple point-and-shoot cameras to sophisticated DSLR cameras. The basic concepts are same for all models.


If you are planning to buy a camera and underwater housing for it, the academics part - especially the Online version - of the PADI Digital Underwater Photography course is an excellent way to learn about different camera types, what they do for you and how much control over your images you have - or want to have - so you can make a more informed decision on which type is best for you.


What you learn


During the course you'll learn


  • Different digital camera types and their properties - how to choose the right underwater camera system for your needs.

  • How to adjust exposure, how to set color and white balance.

  • The PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great underwater shots quickly.

  • Principles for good composition of underwater images.

  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera.

  • After-dive procedures: camera maintenance, and

  • Basic photo editing


As practically all digital cameras also allow you to take video, there is also an introduction and basics of shooting video footage included.


During the course you'll do


  • Two (2) dives in open water practicing taking photos

  • Self-study + Knowledge review

  • Basic photo editing



You can study at your leisure and own pace either by reading the Digital Underwater Photographer Manual or by the eLearning option. The Digital Underwater Photographer Online program has over three hours of interactive content that guides you through the basics of digital photography.

Once you've completed the theory part, you'll put the knowledge in practice with two open water dives taking pictures, and then we'll select the best ones for an editing session.





  • PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)

  • Minimum age 10 years


What you need


Basic scuba equipment, an underwater camera or a camera with an underwater housing. Desktop/laptop/tablet computer for downloading and viewing your photos (you won't need the computer at the dive site...)


Link to Scuba diving photo galleries

If you haven't already done so, please take a look at some of the hundreds of photos our instructors and divers have taken on recreational dives as well as in caves and wrecks.

Course fee


With paper manual:   from HKD1,800 per person

With PADI eLearning:from AUD148 + HKD1500 per person


Course fee includes professional instruction, course manual, tanks & weights used during the course and certification fee.


How to sign up


Please contact us clicking the button above, through the contact page or by email or phone. Our office will direct you to one of our instructors, so you can talk directly, ask questions and arrange a course schedule. You’ll then need to drop by to collect the materials and pay the course fee. 




Start right now with the PADI eLearning or Touch programs by clicking the PADI eLearning button above: select Pro-Diver Development (S-19292) as your affiliated dive shop to get the discounted eLearning price for the in-water sessions.


Courses can be set up by request.

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