Breaking the Surface of Underwater Photography: Part 1

A course to introduce a beginner to the wet and wild world of underwater photography.
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  • Lectures 36
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Breaking the Surface of Underwater photography, is a course designed and run by Hayley and Ed, from Migration Media. They have been working as professional photographers and film makers for over 10 years.

By the end this course, you will be able to take amazing underwater photographs and edit them to a professional level. the course is designed to introduce you to the perfect underwater camera set up for you, and how to use it to its full capacity.

They will show you topics like Watermanship, Animal Behavior, Shutter Speed and ISO, White Balance and Post Production of underwater images. These topics are introduced to you through an number of lectures that have activities and tasks for you to under take along the way to practice your new skills.

If you are just getting started or you want to better improve your underwater photography skills, this course is designed for you.

Hope this has sparked your interest and you enroll in this valuable course today!

What are the requirements?

  • Lightroom or Photoshop, Underwater Camera, Mask Snorkel and Fins

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Photograph underwater, understanding the basic principles of Watermanship, Cameras and settings, Aquatic Care and Underwater Imaging

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for anyone who has an interest in learning about underwater photography

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Underwater Photography

Welcome to Breaking the Surface of Underwater Photography, by Hayley and Ed from Migration Media Underwater Imaging.

Section 2: Cameras...? Where to begin?

Understand how your camera turns light into digital images. We will teach you to understand the elements of your camera including how lenses and sensors work together.


You will begin to understand what limitations there are to underwater photography in terms of limited light due to different factors and how to over come them.


What to consider when buying a camera that you want to use as an underwater camera set up. Where to research and how to set your selection criteria.

Section 2 Review
2 pages
Section 3: Underwater World and Care for the Environment

Understanding your place in the underwater world and why it is important to spend time learning about the vastly different place. Take only photos..... leave only bubbles..... & kill only time!!


You will learn about what the real dangers are in the ocean and how you can avoid having unwanted interactions.


if you don't have some understanding of marine animal behavior you will never succeed as an underwater photographer. Here we will teach you some bacis principles to help you learn about aquatic species behaviours and how to get better underwater photographs.


Be kind to one another.... including the marine life!

Section 3 Review
2 pages
Section 4: Camera Functions and Settings for Underwater Photographs

Here you can take advantage of our underwater photography expreiance and learn some tips of the trade to help improve your underwater photography skills!!


Spend some quality time with your camera and get to know its Buttons and settings.


Spend some quality time with your camera and get to know its modes and scenes.


Spend some quality time with your camera and get to know its menu.


Spend some quality time with your camera and get to know the effects of the ISO, shutter speed and the aperture.


Your composition can make or break a photo.... mean it is either really good or bad!! We will teach you the basics for underwater photo compisitin to help your photos stand out!!


Have you ever tanken a photo that you thought was AMAZING only to get it home on to your computer to find out it wasn't in focus!!! Learn how to avoid this frustration by setting up your camera focus for different situations.


One of the most important and under utilized features of most digital underwater camera photography. Learn what it is and how to use it correctly.

Section 4 Review
4 pages
Section 5: Camera Setup and Maintinance

Learn how to set up your camera and maintain it correctly from GoPro's to top of the range DSLr's.


The most important part of any underwater camera set up is the o-ring as it forms the water tight seal. Learn how to care for your O-rings and peform regular cheack to ensure their quality.


What you should you do before and after every dive or snorkel with your underwater camera set up.

Section 6: Watermanship

Before entering the water, ensure you truly understand the effects of tides, currents and wind along with other factors that affect the ocean and how they can create good and bad underwater conditions for photography.


Choose the best equipment for you and your underwater photography needs. Learn about which type of mask, fins and wetsuits are most suitable for different environemnts and conditions.


Don't damage your camera when entering or exiting the water. Learn which techniques are suited to different locations and styles, including boat entry or shore entries.


if you cant go down you cant swim with the fishes. One of the most important aspects of underwater photography is being able to control your buoyancy whilst in the water. With out good underwater buoyancy and spatial awareness the aquatic animals may be difficult to find and photograpy.


Don't put yourself at risk... just for a photo. Safety is the most important aspect when entering the ocean and should not be taken lightly. Make sure you follow these precautions we talk about in this lecture before your next aquatic adventure.

Section 6 Review
3 pages
Section 7: Digital Workflow

Basic description of what computers need and which software is available for photo editing.



How to download, store and organize your digital workflow!!

Photoshop - Tools
Photoshop - Techniqus
Camera RAW - Tools
Camera RAW - Techniques
Lightroom - Tools and Techniques
Section 8: Finishing Touches

Final words and further education!

25 questions

A quick review of the entire course, as a multipl choice quiz to see what you have learnt.

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Instructor Biography

Hayley Versace, Professional Underwater Photographer and Cinematographer

Based on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, Migration Media travel to unique and remote locations across the globe striving to produce stunning underwater photography and captivating cinematic video. Endeavoring to highlight the beauty of our oceans and its marine life, Ed and Hayley, owners of Migration Media, migrate around the world with the seasonal migrations and iconic ocean events aiming to help create awareness of the issues affecting our fragile world.

We hold a T-Class operators license for commercial filming and photography within Western Australia’s Marine Parks & National Parks including UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef & Shark Bay Marine Parks, Cape Range National Park in Exmouth, Rottnest Island in Perth and the Rowley Shoals. As professional underwater camera operators and photographers, we hold professional PADI SCUBA Diving, technical and free diving qualifications with full liability insurance for commercial operations.

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