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PADI Digital Underwater Photography

Digital Underwater Photography, or DUP for short, is one of the most popular diving specialties. It gets you going quickly with modern digital photography equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot or a sophistiacted D-SLR like the professionals.

But what if you don’t know anything about digital underwater cameras? Well that’s not a problem. Many of our divers use the programme and the one-on-one time with our specialist tutor as a great launch pad to help them decide on the kind of camera equipment that best suits them and the type of photographs they are looking to take.

The best news is that with Aquasport you don’t even need to have your own camera as we can provide you with a state of the art digital underwater camera and housing for use on the programme at no extra cost!

Our Tutor

When it comes to taking truly stunning photographs there is no substitute for experience, so we are lucky to have a specialist course tutor with an impressive pedigree.

Adam Stokoe is our Instructor who started out his career training as a Lighting Cameraman with the BBC. He moved on to ITV to shoot and direct promotions and commercials and now produces online and worldwide training for Broadcast camera techniques and Portfolio Photography.

So when you sign up for your PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty at Aquasport then you know that you are not just getting the top class training you would expect from a top UK PADI 5 star Instructor Development Centre, but also one on one time with an accomplished professional who is able to answer all of your questions concerning equipment, techniques, tips and tricks that have taken him the last 16 years to develop.

To see what some of our photography divers have been up to head over to Adam’s little corner of our website here…

To Start

How do I get started?

As with all of the diving education programmes at Aquasport you start with the training materials. A deposit of £50 is required to book your PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty. We will provide you with the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty manual for you to read prior to the start of your training.

Action

What will I do?

During your programme you will cover the following:

  • Help you choose the right camera system for you
  • Demonstrate how to get great results quickly
  • Build on the three primary principles for good underwater photos
  • Setting Up an Underwater System
  • Basic Photography Tips
  • Why you don’t need a strobe
  • Tips for eliminating backscatter
  • Getting colour back into your images
  • An explanation of ditigal file formats
  • Post processing your images on your computer

You will have two days of intense digital underwater photography training to complete. In our fully equipped multi-media classrooms you will learn the techniques mentioned above.

You will also complete a basic photography clinic in our on site training pool.

You will put into practice what you learn in a combination of skills in two open water training dives.

Time

How long will it take?

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty takes place over one weekend. Starting on the Saturday you will complete the theory sections from the PADI Digital Underwater Photography programme as well as the photography clinic.

The Sunday will cover all the practical sessions during your two open water training dives.

Requirements

What will I need?

The PADI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent is the prerequisite for the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty.

It is also advised that in order to get the most out of your course you consider completing your PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty prior to taking this course.

All standard scuba equipment requirements and the use of digital cameras are included in the price.

The minimum age of enrollment on this programme is 10yrs.

You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us and we will try to be of assistance.

Prices

PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty £195.

Save £25 if you use your own camera equipment.

A £50 deposit is required when you book your programme with Aquasport. Balance of payment is due two weeks prior to the start of your training.

Dates

Starting on Saturday morning at 9am and continuing on Sunday for the experience dives.

Courses starting monthly. Call the centre for the latest course information on 0121 706 6628 or email info@aquasportonline.com

Where To?

Where can I go from here?

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty is a way for you to really improve your underwater photography skills. Digital Underwater Photography is a must if your next step is the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty or PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty.

Once you have completed five PADI specialties and your PADI Rescue Diver and have 50 logged dives you hold all the prerequisites for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education.

Here at Aquasport all of our Instructors hold this level of recreational certification. We recommend that every diver takes this route regardless of their further ambitions as we see it as a commitment to education and a real achievement.

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