UNDERWATER  PHOTOGRAPHY  is the process of taking photographs while underwater. It is usually done while SCUBA diving. It can also be done while diving on surface supply, snorkeling and swimming from a submersible or remotely operated underwater vehicle or from automated cameras lowered from the surface.

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Underwater Photography is the process of taking photographs while under water. It is usually done while scuba diving, but can be done while diving on surface supply, snorkeling, swimming, from a submersible or remotely operated underwater vehicle, or from automated cameras lowered from the surface 


Who should study this course? (Under Water Photography)


  • You are a scuba diver or you enjoy snorkeling
  • You notice that all your underwater photos lack the vibrant colors that you saw in the water
  • You are about to go on holiday to a tropical destination and you want great photos to share
  • You may want to purchase or upgrade a camera system but are unsure what to buy





  • No prerequisite knowledge of photography required
  • Use your Go Pro, compact or DSLR camera
  • Computer or laptop


About the Course


While Underwater Photography is a very specialized field, there are still formal education options to help you dive in. Most obviously, a bachelor degree in photography is a great way to get started, especially if the chosen program might dabble in underwater techniques. A fine understanding of the equipment you are using and the different techniques that are needed will go a long way in this business. As already stated though, under the waves, it’s a whole different world and specialized techniques must be used. Marine life and Science degrees are also very useful when looking to branch out into UP. Many people decide after being in these programs that while they love marine life, they may not want to be a marine biologist. UP offers another way to stay in the water and study the animal life you love. For Underwater Photographers that want to specialize in deep sea wreckages or exploring underwater caverns and ruins, a minor degree in archeology or nautical history are the types of specialization options that could be immensely helpful in locking down an ideal career path.




  • Camera basics: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
  • Getting the best out of a Go Pro
  • Getting award-winning photos from a compact camera
  • Upgrading to DSLR or mirrorless
  • Choosing a camera housing
  • Underwater camera accessories explained (trays, arms, clamps, connectors)
  • Wet lenses and red filters
  • How to shoot effectively without strobes using your internal flash or a dive torch
  • Buying and working with strobes
  • Underwater lighting techniques
  • Fiber optic cables and LED-triggers
  • Subject selection, composition, depth of field
  • Using the different autofocus settings
  • Macro photography
  • Wide-angle photography
  • Post-production: editing in Lightroom and Google’s free software


Program Benefits

Using a watertight housing carries a number of important advantages, including eliminating the need to purchase a special camera just for underwater use. This option also allows the photographer to take advantage of the built-in features their land use camera may include, including zoom, flash, and other capabilities.

Job Outlook


Jobs for photographers, including those who work underwater are expected to increase 13 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which matches the growth rate for all occupations.


Real Career Impact


The job of an Underwater Photographer is a very specialized career that is very rewarding to many different people. It involves being out in deep, open waters fighting against currents and the elements. An Underwater Photographer dives into the depths to explore and capture the natural sea life and ecosystems by still life photo or documentary-style videos. These can be used for numerous applications from magazines and promotions to scientific research. It is a very interesting position with many pluses but unfortunately, it is not always glamorous. Many Underwater Photographers will tell you there is no such thing as a perfect shoot or perfect conditions. It is a matter of doing the best with the time you have, and meeting deadlines and requirements at any cost. Most positions are assignment or freelance based, going from job to job unless you are skilled enough to have a residency with a certain organization.


Job Aspiration


Commercial Art Gallery Manager        Brand Ambassador / Sales Promotion Executives


Multimedia Specialist    Community Arts Worker    Web Editor


Advertising Art Director    Marketing Assistant       Photo Retail Sales Assistant


                                           Salary:   $35,000    to   $60,000


Basic/Nano Degree Certificate

Individual Certificates for each course



A Beginners’ Course

UNDERWATER  PHOTOGRAPHY  is the process of taking photographs while underwater. It is usually done while SCUBA diving. It can also be done while diving on surface supply, snorkeling and swimming from a submersible or remotely operated underwater vehicle or from automated cameras lowered from the surface.

DEEP SEA PHOTOGRAPHY holds a unique image collection containing many rarely photographed deep-sea creatures from the open ocean to the depths of the abyss – fish, hydro-thermal vent Fama photos, oceanic imagery of – invertebrates, marine biodiversity, marine science in action, submersibles and ocean seascapes. It facilitates sea animals like octopus, squid and rare vegetation like plankton come out of the abyss to live. Such photography promotes the study of Bioluminescence, coastal life and ocean seascapes.

Course Details:

  • Underwater photography equipment
  1. Cameras b) Lenses  c) Strobe lighting
  2. d) ROV – Remotely Operated Vehicle e) Modern Exploration Craft ( Moving platform work in a dark room with glass tanks, sea water & electricity)
  • First Time advice for Underwater Photographers
  • Tutorials
  • Wide-Angle Tutorials
  • Setting up of technical information
  • Diving & Dive Travel
  • Underwater photography tips
  • Marine life
  • Underwater Camera Maintenance
  • Underwater Composition
  • Underwater Videos
  • Photography Glossary
  • Ocean Art Photo competition
  • Featured Artists & Inspiration


“ Deep Sea Basket Star” by David Shale, Ph.D. in Marine Biology is a landmark photo-book – related to deep-sea animals – Starfish – a study for four decades – published in 1970 by UK-based Institute of Oceanographic Sciences. Dr. Shale later became a wildlife filmmaker for which he was awarded the BAFTA prize in 2002.

Cory Richards is an Adventure photographer.

Dr. Alexander Mustard – BBC Wildlife Photographer

Peter Batson – Marine Biologist from New Zealand

Tony Wu – Author of “Silent Symphony”

Jason Bradley, David Doubilet, Stephen Frink, Magnus Lundgren, Brian Skerry, Ernie Brooks and Paul Nicklen are all renowned in their own art of underwater photography.

Some of the ocean wealth are very rare:

Fangtooth – deepest dwelling fish at 600-800 meters down

Acorn Worm – These worms feed on seafloor sediment in north Atlantic – 2700 meters

Hydromedusa –  Tentacled jellyfish – North Atlantic – 2700 meters

Batfish – Gulf of Mexico – 2700 meters

Sea Spider – benthic creature –  Barents Sea – North of Europe – 1000 meters.

Pacific Ocean Wealth:

Indonesia: Fisheries & Tourism – 35 million hectares – 11000 km coastline

World’s fourth most population – coral diversity

Tuna fish – SE Monsoon – Eastern Indian Ocean – pelagic

Gulf of California: Tourism & Fish production – Rocky reef & Pelagic, Recreation

Baja California Peninsula: Marine ecosystem, game-fishing, diving, snorkeling,

Iconic whales, sea lions, whale sharks, pelagic

4 million visitors annually

NW Pacific Coast of Mexico: Support a fourth of the world’s marine mammal species

Netted $900 million fishes in 2013

SE Pacific: Old corals and seamounts

Chile                                   Two large marine protected areas are located in US                                        surrounding waters of the Galapagos Islands & Motu

Motiro Hiva Marine Park off the coast of Chile.

Five ‘Global 200’ sites are situated in this region, including

Panama Bight eco-region and the nutrient-rich Humboldt

Current, which together span the territorial waters of Panama,

Colombia, Ecuador, Peru & Chile

French Polynesian Waters: Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs)

Important Bird Areas (IBAs) have been identified

Western & Central Pacific

Fisheries, Indonesia: 80% of Tuna caught in this area.

South Pacific – Solomon

Islands ( small remote archipelago) –  covers Japan,

South Korea and Taiwan                           – Sardines, Herring and Pollock shrimp caught

Canada, US, Russia, and Japan: Salmon fish and Pearl oysters

Hawai, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Australia & New Zealand

Some Ocean Wealth Establishments:

The Nature Conservancy, Atlas of  Ocean Wealth, Protecting Water Atlas, Water Markets, Oceanographic Explorations, Offshore Hydrocarbon, Oil & Gas Drilling.

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