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Take Amazing Underwater Pictures Using Compact Cameras

Learn how to take professional underwater pictures using just a compact camera.
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Created by Randy Travis
Last updated 6/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Students will know how to take amazing underwater photos that will impress their dive buddies
Students will know how the camera in underwater housing truly works, so they can take better underwater photos using manual settings
Students will know how to photograph in different subjects like schools of fish, coral reef, nudibranch, and other divers
Students will know how to light their underwater subjects
Students will know how to edit their underwater photos professionally
Students will know how to compose underwater images beautifully
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  • Scuba diving basics
  • No fancy camera is required, but some sort of compact camera (with a housing) would help you learn.
  • A computer with the capability to edit photographs is also ideal if you want to follow along in the underwater photo editing section.
  • Students need to be excited about learning underwater photography, as you will learn best with a mind ready for action!

This online underwater photography course will teach you how to take amazing images underwater, by using your compact cameras (with a housing).

This course is designed to teach you the basics of underwater photography, even if you have little to no experience with it, to help create professional quality underwater images.

While there are plenty of underwater photography courses that focus on diving skills or how to use gear, it's hard to find a practical course like this one taught by a professional photographer, which is for beginner underwater photographers.

This course is designed for beginners with compact cameras who want to improve their skills and take stellar underwater images.

Regardless of what your level of experience is or what type of camera you use, this in-depth beginners course is designed to provide you with everything you need to take your underwater photography skills to the next level.

Whether you prefer taking photos of schools of fish, a nudibranch or divers, a great underwater photographer knows how to compose a shot, light it, and edit it. By honing these skills, you can create lifelong memories of your dives.

This course shows you how.

Unlike other underwater photography classes that are more focused on equipment and diving skills, this beginners course teaches you how to take amazing underwater photos.

Contents and Overview

This course is aimed at teaching underwater photographers what it takes to improve your composing techniques to make really good underwater pictures.

You'll start with the basics and understand underwater photography techniques and ideas, the opportunities available for creating extraordinary underwater pictures, and techniques you can follow to accomplishing your goals. You'll then dive into the different styles of underwater composition ideas you can focus on.

You'll learn about your camera settings, including how to shoot in manual mode. You'll use color balancing tools and master how to properly compose and light a scene. You'll even learn how to take great photos and how to edit images.

Who is the target audience?
  • This is a course intended to help newbies and not for those with professional cameras.
  • This course is for anyone who wants to take better underwater photos
  • This course is for beginners who want to become a skilled underwater photographer
  • This course is for all divers and anyone else wanting to document their dives and underwater exploration in a more beautiful way
  • This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to edit underwater photos professionally
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Shooting Underwater Photographs
5 Lectures 01:04:03

This video gives you an introduction to this Course and it's creator Randy Travis. It also includes a overview of the entire course.

Preview 01:25

This video introduces you to the basics of underwater photography. It introduces the challenges you face in underwater photography and tools / techniques you can use to make amazing underwater pictures.

Preview 16:24

The video introduces the concept of underwater photo opportunities and five different strategies experienced photographers use to take great underwater pictures.

Underwater Photo Opportunities

This video introduces you to basics of underwater composition and differet composition ideas like wide angle composition, rule of thirds, isolating the subject etc..

Underwater Photo Composition

This video introduces you to underwater camera settings like exposure, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance. This video also includes information on different camera modes and what each mode means.

Underwater Camera Settings
Beyond Basics
2 Lectures 10:01

This video introduces you to underwater photography editing and post processing to make your underwater pictures even better.

Underwater Photo Editing

This video introduces you to the basics of camera maintenance before and after your dives.

Underwater Camera Maintenance
About the Instructor
4.3 Average rating
8 Reviews
796 Students
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Professional Underwater Photographer & Videographer

My name is Randy Travis, I’ve been an underwater photographer and filmmaker for about 8 years. After film school I wanted to get into filming nature and wildlife around the world. I ended up shooting underwater stock footage and became one of the biggest suppliers of underwater footage in the world, selling my footage to all the big nature production companies as well as any productions needing underwater footage.

I work on scuba diving boats in different locations around the globe and offer help to any fellow scuba divers having trouble with their underwater photography. I had to learn slowly on my own about the challenges of shooting underwater since none of it was covered in film school. I know the difficulties of getting nice photos underwater, and want to share the things i’ve learned with anyone wanting to learn.

I’ve created this course to help beginners out with what they need to know about photographing underwater. Its a great feeling to complete a dive trip and be able to look back at some of the amazing marine life and scenery that you have experienced. So I hope this course will enable you to capture some amazing shots of your dives.

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