PADI Underwater Photography Course

PADI Underwater Photography Course with Dive in Pattaya

Underwater photography can also be categorised as an art form and a method for recording data.It is a little bit trickier than taking photos on land. As a qualified diver, you should already know that the first colour that is lost in water is red. The main problem that faces underwater photographers is this loss of color and contrast when diving to any significant depth. The surrounding water quickly absorbs the colours red and orange, so even to the naked eye, everything appears blue, grey or green. The loss of colour increases, not only vertically through the water column, but also horizontally, so subjects that are further away from the camera also appear colorless and indistinct. This also occurs in tropical waters, which are typically clear with good visibility.

Underwater photographers solve this problem by combining two techniques. The first is to get the camera as close to the photographic subject as possible, minimising the horizontal loss of colour. The second technique is the use of a flash to restore colour. But, even the light can ruin your photo if the settings on your camera are not correct.

To be a successful underwater photographer, take the PADI Underwater Photographer Course and learn about different equipment and techniques to get great pictures while you are diving. It can be a thrilling experience to capture rare creatures on camera. There is a myriad of extraordinary photographic opportunities waiting for you. Marine life such as fish, sea slugs and sharks are common subjects, but photographers also like to capture corals, shipwrecks and turtles as well as portraits of fellow divers.

Underwater photography is a great way to identify fish and other marine life. You can flick back over your pictures and learn what each subject is. The PADI Underwater Photographer course teaches you the basics about taking photos underwater, with a special emphasis on practical techniques.


You must be a fully qualified PADI Open Water Diver, or PADI Junior Open Water Diver (or equivalent) 


A diver with a large camera taking underwater photos