Intro to Underwater Photography



Discover the pleasures of underwater photography. This magnifique activity is every day more popular due to the inexpensive technology required. A very simple system plus the use of correct knowledge and technique will allow you to obtain outstanding results. The Intro to Underwater Photography is a course designed for either those who have never shot a camera on land nor underwater and also for those who have already experienced some shooting, but still struggle to squeeze all the potential of their cameras.

The course is divided into 3 days. On the first day we will meet during the morning and have a theoretical lesson. After that we will perform 1 long and shallow shore dive in which we will practice all the skills and techniques learned that day. During this first dive we will specially fine tune your buoyancy, position, kicking… these will have huge impact on your photography game!It’s highly important to not rush into using lots of equipment, you do no want to get saturated by those. To start with you will be shooting with ambient light, so you can understand how that works first while focusing all your attention on subject approach and composition. On the second day we will perform two more shore dives following the same dynamics. We might add artificial lighting to your system, meaning that you might be shooting with strobes. As you may already know, water absorbs color really fast, leaving you with blue ish pictures. Once you you comprehend ambient light, adding artificial light will be really helpful to bring back all those colors! After the 2 shore dives we will go back to the Humarine HQ and work on some of the photographs taken using Lightroom. On the third and last day we will perform 2 boat dives. Again, after the dives we will go back to Humarine HQ and work on some more photographs, this time adding Photoshop to your working process.

The objective is to make of you a competent underwater photographer with a strong base of good habits. At all moments your photo pro instructor will be present, allowing you to freely explore the underwater photography world and at the same time guiding you if needed or suggesting settings/techniques that will enhance your images.

During this course you will learn:

  • Foundations of underwater photography
  • Different camera systems
  • To make use of the manual mode
  • Light theory
  • Ambient lighting
  • Composition
  • Body positioning
  • Subject selection and approach
  • To dive as photographer and not just a diver
  • File management
  • Post production through Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Although we encourage students to bring their own photography equipment, the course includes the use of the following camera system and equipment: .

  • Canon S100 with full manual control
  • Canon S100 housing
  • Inon Z240 Strobes
  • Fiber optic cables
  • Housing tray, arms, buoyancy arms, Stix floats and clamps
  • Macro lens Saga +5
  • SD Memory cards
  • MacBook Pro for post processing your images
  • The requirements for taking this course are:

  • Being at least an Open Water diver
  • Having +20 dives
  • Having some buoyancy control. Buoyancy is key to perform in underwater photography. If you are not able to control your body, you might have issues with your photography game.