Digital Underwater Photographer

In PADI Specialty Courses by Grahame Massicks

Digital Underwater Photographer – how it works

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Shoot and evaluate.

The Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course is PADI’s response to the digital revolution’s transformation of underwater photography. Over the years that I have been instructing, digital cameras have gone from being very much a rarity, sometimes looked down upon by the old style film photographers, to being an every dive accessory of awesome capability.

From the newest and tiny point and shoots, to the huge dSLRs in aluminium housings, this course helps you to get the most out of your camera. Topics range from white balance to composition and include what to do with your images once the dive is over.

One of the best features of this course is the PADI SEA technique. This acronym stands for SHOOT – EVALUATE – ADJUST. It is exactly what the successful underwater photographer does and is a key feature of digital photography that was unavailable in the old days of film. In those days you had to wait until you had returned home from your dive trip and had your films developed until you could evaluate your shots. Now you can do this instantly after you have hit the shutter.

You need to be reasonably fit and healthy to undertake this PADI course, so please check out the medical form below. Make sure that you can answer ‘No’ to all the questions on the first page. If you need to answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions, print out the form, and seek the advice of your doctor. If he declares you fit to dive, please get him or her to fill out the form and then bring it with you when you visit.

Medical Statement PDF


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Adjust and shoot again.

During 2016 the sea has washed away some of the sand from the lower parts of the beach. This has uncovered some of the rocks below and has made the beach more difficult to cross in bare feet. So I strongly advise participants to bring a pair of flip flops to wear into the water until we are up to our chests. You can then float, take of your flip flops and put on your fins.

You must be at least on Open Water Diver to enroll on this course. Indeed, it is not a bad idea to do this course before going on to complete the Advanced Open Water Course. The first dive of this course, what PADI calls an Adventure dive, can be credited to the Advanced Course. So if you do choose this option, you only have to make four more dives to attain the Advanced certification.

Brand new for 2017 I am launching a Premium Service version of Scuba Guru’s dive offerings! The central idea is that those who select to use the Premium Service will have me exclusively during the course of their stay here in Salang. Whether for fun dives or diving courses I will take on no other customers than the Premium booking. Now that is truly unique to Scuba Guru! To find out more click the button below:

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All the required course materials, equipment, and certification fees are included in the price.

Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Course Schedule

Schedule: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Duration: 1 day
Number of dives: 2 open water dives
Standard Service Price: RYM 850.00
Premium Service Price: RYM 1225.00

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