Underwater Photography Specialty Course

Certified and Non Certified Openwater Divers

Overview

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated DSLR like the pros.

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures.

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Your PADI Instructor will explain how to select, maintain and care for your underwater video equipment, whether it’s a housed unit with external lights, or your underwater camera that also shoots video. You’ll cover fundamentals such as exposure, focus, story line and sequencing. Post dive, you’ll learn about the editing process and how to produce a video that truly captures your scuba adventures.

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

HOW CAN YOU START LEARNING NOW?

On-line learning or attend classroom sessions at our training center

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You may register online or stop by at our training center located at Shah Alam Aquatic Center to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning. Your PADI Professional will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your dives

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WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT & SCUBA GEAR WILL YOU USE?

With the rise of digital photography capabilities, there are now numerous options for capturing images underwater. From simple point-and-shoot cameras that take both photographs and video to more high-end equipment that shoots high-definition images, you’re sure to find a system that meets your needs

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Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a digital underwater camera and a computer or other device for downloading and viewing your images. Your PADI Pro may suggest additional equipment and accessories depending on your camera system

 

What You Get

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PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Manual (Included)

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PADI Digital Underwater Photographer White Balance Slate (Included)

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1x Pool/Openwater Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive*

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2x Openwater Boat Dives*

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Use of Scuba diving equipment

(Scuba tanks, BCD, Regulator, Weight Systems, Mask, Fins)

Guide for selecting the right underwater camera systems

From simple point-and-shoot cameras to more high-end equipment that shoots high-definition images, you’ll find a system that meets your video and photography needs.

With the rise of digital photography capabilities, there are now numerous options for capturing images underwater. From simple point-and-shoot cameras that take both photographs and video to more high-end equipment that shoots high-definition images, you’re sure to find a system that meets your needs. Talk to our our instructors to get advice about underwater imaging equipment.

Underwater housing – Although some cameras are water resistant to very shallow depths, none can perform at scuba diving depths without an underwater housing to protect them from water and pressure. There are camera housings that mount on masks, and others that can be attached almost anywhere.

  • Point-and-shoot – Compact, easy-to-use cameras designed for casual, fun pictures or videos. Smartphones and tablets fall into this category with the release of underwater housings for many models.
  • dSLRs – Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras are for those who are serious about photography. They have multiple lenses and other accessories that make shooting more productive and convenient.
  • Full-featured – These cameras bridge the gap between point-and-shoot and dSLRs by offering a moderately compact, easy-to-use camera with many features of a dSLR.
  • Manual white balance – Allows you to adjust for more realistic color.
  • External flash – A separate strobe underwater provides more light from a better angle.
  • Full control access –The more controls your housing provides, the more options you have while shooting.
  • Wide-angle adapter – This allows you to use a wide-angle lens. Nearly all dSLR systems have this capability.
  • Large memory card – You want enough capacity to shoot as much as you can on a single dive without concern about running out of memory.

Start by taking the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course, which helps you determine which system best suits your needs and interests.

  1. Ask yourself why you want to take underwater images, and of what?
  2. If you already have a camera you enjoy using, check if an underwater housing exists for it. If not, shop for your camera, housing, lenses and strobes or other accessories together.
  3. Consider all the features starting with size. Then consider how much control you want, not just now, but as your passion for underwater imaging grows.
  4. Make sure your personal computer and software will work with your camera system and matches your interest in editing photos.
  • Have a camera bag or padded case to protect your imaging gear.
  • Use a port cover to protect the lens port before getting in the water and as soon as you get out, before your housing goes into the rinse bucket.
  • After a dive, rinse the system thoroughly in fresh water, ideally by swishing it back and forth in a clean rinse bucket.
  • Thoroughly dry the housing before opening it. You also need to be dry so you don’t drip water into the housing and onto your camera.
  • Store your camera system in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. If you won’t be using it for a while, remove large o-rings from housing and remove batteries from the camera.

OPTION 1 : EXPAND YOUR DIVE HORIZON 

This option is for continuing dive education only to students with Openwater Diver Certification and certified Freediver from any dive organization. Discover Scuba Diving or any Trial Scuba experiance program (certified within 3 month period) may also enroll for this course.

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LEVEL 01 (For Continuing Dive Students)

Perhentian Island (2 Days/3 DIves)Every weekends @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April  – Oct, 2019

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Included

  • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Manual (Included)
  • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer White Balance Slate (Included)
  • 1x Pool/Openwater Peak Performance  Buoyancy Dive
  • Use of Scuba diving equipment (Scuba tanks, BCD, Regulator, Weight Systems, Mask, Fins)
  • 2x Openwater Boat Dives*

Not included

  • Digital camera with underwater housing
  • Support hardware as necessary, including but not limited to camera batteries, memory cards, o-ring lubricant, etc.
  • A computer, drive or other device for downloading and backing up images
    A computer, printer or other device (other than the camera) suitable for viewing digital images.
  • Island accomodation, travel and meals

     

    RM850

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    LEVEL 02 (For Continuing Dive Students)

    Perhentian Island (2 Days/3 DIves)Every weekends @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April  – Oct, 2019

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    • 1x Pool/Openwater Peak Performance Dive
    • 2x Openwater Boat Dives

    Not included

    • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Manual (Use pre-owned course manual from Level 01)
    • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer White Balance Slate (Use pre-owned white balance slate rom Level 01)
    • Digital camera with underwater housing
    • Support hardware as necessary, including but not limited to camera batteries, memory cards, o-ring lubricant, etc.
    • A computer, drive or other device for downloading and backing up images
      A computer, printer or other device (other than the camera) suitable for viewing digital images.
    • Island accomodation, travel and meals

    Recommended

    The following are recommended, but not required, for Level Two:

    • Browser and image processing software for practicing organizing and adjusting digital images
    • Photo quality printer with photo paper and inks

    RM750

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    COMBO COURSE LEVEL 01+02 (For Continuing Dive Students)

    Openwater (2 Days/3 DIves) / Every weekends @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April  – Oct, 2019

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    • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Manual (Included)
    • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer White Balance Slate (Included)
    • 1x Pool/Openwater Peak Performance Dive*
    • 4x Openwater Boat Dives*

    Not included

    • Digital camera with underwater housing
    • Support hardware as necessary, including but not limited to camera batteries, memory cards, o-ring lubricant, etc.
    • A computer, drive or other device for downloading and backing up images
      A computer, printer or other device (other than the camera) suitable for viewing digital images
    • Island accomodation, travel and meals

    Recommended

    The following are recommended, but not required, for Level Two:

    • Browser and image processing software for practicing organizing and adjusting digital images
    • Photo quality printer with photo paper and inks

    RM1450

    Special 10% Discount for both Level 01 + Level 02

    OPTION 2 : DISCOVER UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCED PROGRAM

    Its easy and fun with our combo Digital Underwater Photographer Course + Discover Scuba Diving experience program.

    There are no specific performance requirements for this experience, however participants know how to aim, focus and take the picture, they’ll have fun and you’ve met the objective of the experience.

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    DISCOVER UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCED PROGRAM

    Perhentian Island (2 Days/3 DIves)Every weekends @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April  – Oct, 2019

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    This is a simple experience that consists of providing participants with digital underwater cameras that are prepared in advance. Students will had an opportunity to read the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Manual in advance.

    The Discover Digital Underwater Photography experience has no performance requirements and does not result in certification

    Included

    • Discover Scuba Diving Program (1x pool/openwater dive)
    • 1x additional underwater photography dive
    • Discover Scuba Diving Wall Certificate
    • Use of Scuba diving equipment (Scuba tanks, BCD, Regulator, Weight Systems, Mask, Fins)
    • 2x Openwater Boat Dives*

    Not included

    • Digital camera with underwater housing
    • Support hardware as necessary, including but not limited to camera batteries, memory cards, o-ring lubricant, etc.
    • A computer, drive or other device for downloading and backing up images
      A computer, printer or other device (other than the camera) suitable for viewing digital images.
    • Island accomodation, travel and meals

       

      RM250

      OPTION 3 : PROFESSIONAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER

      Go Pro with our combo Digital Underwater Photographer Course + Openwater Diver Course

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      LEVEL 01 (Beginning to Intermediate)

      Perhentian Island (7 Days/9 Dives)Every weekends @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April  – Oct, 2019

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      Included

      • PADI Openwater Diver Manual
      • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Manual
      • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer White Balance Slate (Included)
      • PADI Digital Underwater Photography ID Card & Wall Certificate
      • Classroom (2x classroom}
      • 2x Pool Training Dives
      • 4x openwater diver course certification dives
      • 1x Pool/Openwater Peak Performance Dive*
      • 2x Openwater Photography Boat Dives*
      • Use of complete set of scuba diving equipment during the entire course training

      Not included

      • Digital camera with underwater housing
      • Support hardware as necessary, including but not limited to camera batteries, memory cards, o-ring lubricant, etc.
      • A computer, drive or other device for downloading and backing up images
        A computer, printer or other device (other than the camera) suitable for viewing digital images
      • Island accomodation, travel and meals

      RM1850

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      COMBO COURSE LEVEL 01+02 (Advanced to Professional)

      Openwater (8 Days/11 Dives) / Every weekends @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April  – Oct, 2019

      More Info
      • PADI Openwater Diver Manual
      • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Manual
      • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer White Balance Slate (Included)
      • Classroom (2x classroom}
      • 2x Pool Training Dives
      • 4x openwater diver course certification dives
      • 1x Pool/Openwater Peak Performance Dive*
      • 4x Openwater Photography Boat Dives*
      • Use of complete set of scuba diving equipment during the entire course training

      Not included

      • Digital camera with underwater housing
      • Support hardware as necessary, including but not limited to camera batteries, memory cards, o-ring lubricant, etc.
      • A computer, drive or other device for downloading and backing up images
        A computer, printer or other device (other than the camera) suitable for viewing digital images.
      • Island accomodation, travel and meals

      Recommended

      The following are recommended, but not required, for Level Two:

      • Browser and image processing software for practicing organizing and adjusting digital images
      • Photo quality printer with photo paper and inks

      RM2340

      Special 10% Discount for both Level 01 + Level 02

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