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PADI UNDER WATER PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALTY COURSE CAPE TOWN – INTRODUCTION

One of the best parts about scuba diving is being able to capture the memories of your incredible underwater experiences.  It’s the beautiful underwater photographs that draw many people to scuba diving in the first place.

Whether you fancy yourself as a budding underwater scuba dive photographer or you just want to have a special visual documentation of your underwater experiences, the Underwater Photography Speciality is what makes all the difference between a quick blurry snapshot and a truly professional looking photograph while diving!

Being able to take great shots with ease, is what will make your photos the envy of all of your friends, and also provide great souvenirs of your very best dives.

Quick overview of the PADI Underwater Photography Specialty Course in Cape Town

  • You must have your PADI Open Water scuba dive certification
  • Duration: 2 scuba dives (minimum 1 day)
  • Minimum age:  10
  • This is a two part course.

    Level One:
    Being in the pool or confined open water diving where you will learn about the equipment, preparation of your underwater camera and housing and how to take environmentally friendly photos.

    Level Two:
    You learn about file formats, resolution settings and image adjustment.
  • Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, towel and a snack.

PADI UNDER WATER PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALTY COURSE OUTLINE

We meet each morning at the Into the Blue shop in Cape Town as our central starting point. Here we do registration, theory and we also get your scuba equipment. Meeting times are normally at 09:15. You can expect to be finished between 3 and 6 in the afternoon, depending on where we are diving on the day. Your scuba course includes both theory and practical aspects and consists of:

Theory

Reading the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Manual and completing and reviewing the Knowledge Reviews.

The following is part of your theory:

  • Level One:
      • Digital Revolution
      • Digital Cameras
      • Underwater Camera Systems
      • Underwater Photography
      • Basic Underwater shooting
      • PADI SEA Method
      • After the dive
  • Level Two:
    • Workflow overview
    • Downloading images
    • Backing up images
    • Sorting and organizing images
    • Processing images
    • Sharing images

Practical

  • Level One:
    • Entry and exit techniques
    • Basic underwater photography techniques
  • Level Two:
    • Assemble and disassemble camera
    • Practicing contrast, colouring, exposure, composition
    • Demonstrate PADI SEA method

PADI UNDER WATER PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALTY COURSE – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Do you provide a camera or must we have our own?
    We do provide a camera for rent, however it is nicer if you have your own then you will be able to get used to the camera’s settings.

  2. Do we get to keep our own pictures?
    Certainly ! We will be happy to put all your pictures on a memory stick for you.

  3. How advanced is this course?
    This scuba dive course deals with the basics of underwater photography – such as white balance, focus, framing, and basic editing. If you are a professional photographer, you would know most of what we teach in this course – only the underwater part of the course would be new to you.

What have others said about Into the Blue Scuba Dive Center?

Camille K

So glad I got certified with Into the Blue! - Getting certified...

has been on the top of my bucket list for years now, but I have never found the time to do it. I am an American but I was studying in Cape Town for a semester so some friends and I decided to take the plunge and sign up to get our open water cert. I cannot praise Into the Blue enough. What really makes this place incredible is the staff. They were helpful, professional, and fun. For many people, myself included, scuba diving is a completely new experience and having instructors that are helpful while keeping things fun made me more comfortable throughout the experience. As far logistics go, they provide all gear during the certification process and allow you to schedule all of your dives (OW and pool) on your own schedule. All I can say is the next time I am in Cape Town, I will definitely be paying Into the Blue a visit.

Jayson De Ath

Super and very professional setup. Glad I was able to dive...

with them and would not only recommend diving here, but look forward to the next trip to dive with again.

Brian Brown

Great diving courses. Friendly staff. 5 star.