Digital Underwater Photographer

Go beyond a snapshot. Start creating underwater imagery.

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course introduces you to the environmental and shooting conditions unique to underwater imaging. Learn how to work with strobes to add colour back into your photos and to take advantage of ambient light and sunlight to create dramatic images.

Andrea is our resident Digital Underwater Photography instructor. Her goal is to give you practical tips to help you start creating better images right away. Explore her image gallery at

What You’ll Learn

The Digital Underwater Photography specialty gives you the foundational knowledge about the unique challenges and opportunities of the medium. You’ll learn about:

  • compensating for the loss of colours underwater
  • composing shots
  • finding shot opportunities
  • buoyancy control and positioning your body for the shot
  • image post-processing
  • equipment options
  • and more

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What You’ll Need


To participate in the Digital Underwater Photographer specialty you need:

  • To hold a PADI Open Water Diver or Jr. Open Water Diver certification or equivelant from a recognized training organization

In addition to your scuba equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, regulator, weights, tank, dive computer and exposure suit), you will also need a digital camera with underwater housing rated to 100 feet or deeper.


Instructor fee: $75

eLearning fee: $142