Underwater Photography - Amazing water images in no time!

Learn to take amazing photos in the water. This class will cover camera settings, techniques, post production and more.
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Explore techniques for making beautiful wave and underwater photographs. Learn how to choose the right camera and water housing, what camera settings to use, and how to work with the subject in an original creative fashion.

I'll assist students with lectures and also videos in the water. Learn technical skills of underwater photography and the variety of approaches available: over/under water, marine life, waves, surfing, etc.

Following the videos from in the water, the students will learn post-processing instruction using Lightroom Software. Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic photography and camera settings, and access to a DSLR camera with a water housing or a GoPro. You may even use a waterproof iPhone case.

** This course is not for advanced divers looking to go very deep with a lot of lighting and gear to shoot. This course is intended to focus on people who want to shoot in shallower waters like snorkeling, shore break surf photography, coral / marine life and creative types of shots.

What are the requirements?

  • Post Production will be done in Lightroom
  • A camera and a waterhousing
  • Cameras including DSLR, GoPro

What am I going to get from this course?

  • What type of camera gear to use in the water
  • Take great underwater photos
  • Understand the proper camera settings to shoot underwater
  • Pre-setup checklist before you go in the water
  • Techniques on taking better images
  • Safety while in the water
  • How to be creative with your water shots

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for people who want to improve their photography while in the water.
  • This course is not suitable for people who can't swim
  • This course is more for beginners to intermediate photographers looking to shoot in shallower waters such as snorkeling and shore break surf images.
  • This course is NOT intended for deep sea photography where you need a lot of the extra rigs of lighting and very expensive water housings. (that will be another course)

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Section 1: Welcome!

Basic introduction to explain what will be discussed in the underwater photography course.

Section 2: Who am I and my qualifications?

This lecture will just give you a little background about myself and my qualification as an underwater photographer for this course. I also explain my love for teaching.

Section 3: Equipment & Gear

With so many cameras to choose from these days, what's a good option for you? Should you go out and spend $3,500 on a new full frame camera or can you get away with taking nice images with a GoPro 3+? In this lecture, we will go over some of the different cameras and which may be the best for you?


Similar to camera choices, there are a lot of water housing choices too. Which is the right one for you? Watch this lecture and we'll go over some options.


What lens are good for shooting in the water? Do I have to spend a lot of money on an fancy brand name lens or can I get away with the kit lens the camera came with? What is the difference from a zoom lens vs a fisheye lens? What's the best option for me?


What other type of equipments can you purchase for your underwater photography adventure? What are the things that are the most important?

6 questions

These questions go with the lectures that was discussed about different cameras for different purposes. Test your knowledge.

Section 4: Pre-setup know before you go in the water.

What do I need to do prior to going into the water? What type of gear and camera preparations should I do?


Can I take good underwater photography with a pair of swim goggles or do I need to buy a snorkel mask? How do I make sure it doesn't fog up?


One of the biggest problems an underwater photographer deals with when taking their camera out of the water for a moment to shoot is the dreaded water drops. I'll show you how to avoid it as best as possible.


It's likely you've spend a good amount of money on your water housing (from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars). These are some important steps you should take to care for your water housing.

5 questions

These questions relate to this section. Please test yourself so you know if you're prepared or not.

Section 5: Camera Settings

Camera settings can be so confusing when you shoot in the water. Here are my recommendations and the settings I use to shoot.


If you're like most people, you have trouble understanding what a shallow depth of field is or what it means to 'close the lens down' and why does the aperture number go smaller when the aperture gets bigger? In this simulator I'll show you some samples of what the different camera settings can do for a shot.


This is a live demonstration of what I do with my camera settings before I go into the water. I'll take you step by step and what a good starting point you can use too.


This is a new simulator that you can use to test your camera setting knowledge. In this lecture I'll have a few photo challenges for you to complete to see if you understand your camera's settings. Be sure to go to the resource area in this lecture and click on the link so it will take you to the simulator page. Good Luck!

Section 6: Surf Photography Techniques

I realize not all students will be taking this course for surf photography, but a good portion may. I'm going to add this in as a bonus since I get a lot of questions on how to take beautiful surf or wave photography. These are the secrets other surf photographers do not want you to know about.


Part 2...

I realize not all students will be taking this course for surf photography, but a good portion may. I'm going to add this in as a bonus since I get a lot of questions on how to take beautiful surf or wave photography. These are the secrets other surf photographers do not want you to know about.


I'll explain some tips and techniques on shooting underwater techniques like positioning, lighting and overall good strategic pointers to get the best shots.

Section 7: Safety

A must watch! Safety is extremely important in the water. Please watch this , I'll describe some of the top safety information you need to know before you go into the water.

10 questions

Did you pay attention to the last lecture about Safety? This is really important, so I'm going to ask you a few questions.

Section 8: Post Production
1 page

Aloha Guys, please save this PDF to your computer since we will be using a lot of keyboard shortcuts. It will save you a lot of time and you'll thank me down the road.


This is part 1 of the post production learning, simple importing function.


Part 2 of post production section. In this lecture you'll learn how to sort and rate your best photos.


We'll start learning how to edit images in this section using the Develop mode


This lecture you'll learn post production techniques to sharpen your image and showcase more details in the photo, also removing any noise by using the plugin's noise removal function.


Learn to copy all of your settings from one image to multiple images in the same album. This is very handy when dealing with a lot of photos that have similar lighting. A big time saver.


Learn step by step on how to put all of the skills we've learned previously into a turtle image, from start to finish.


I always recommend shooting RAW but sometimes you may not have that option. Shooting in JPG isn't bad and we can still get incredible results. Here's how to edit JPG, notice the results are almost identical when compared to RAW.


This is a post production challenge lecture. I want to see what you can do with the new post production skills you've acquired. Attached is a zip file that you can use to download the original RAW image for this project. Follow the instructions in the lecture and be sure to check out the website I recommend to upload the final edited image, that way we can share what you've done to this image with everyone else. Thanks and I look forward to seeing your work!

Section 9: Wrapping It Up - Putting It All Together

In these final 2 lectures, I want to teach you step by step everything we've learned from start to finish. I want to be your guide as if you're sitting right next to me and I'm showing you exactly what I do. You'll see all the lectures come together in these two final lectures.


Part 2 of 2 in this final lecture. I want to teach you step by step everything we've learned from start to finish. I want to be your guide as if you're sitting right next to me and I'm showing you exactly what I do. This is the post production portion of the final lecture.


This is the final lecture class. Please download the RAW image I attached in the resource area, then upload it to your LightRoom software and edit your final image. Please upload the final edited image to the same website in previous photo challenges, I'll have that website in the resource area in case you forgot.

Finally, once you upload to the specific site, capture the URL and post it in the discussion area. If that's too difficult or you'd rather share your image another way, upload it to your Instagram account and use the hashtag #KenjisClass so other students and myself can see what you've done. I look forward to seeing your final edited image and working with you in future courses I teach.


- Kenji

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Instructor Biography

Kenji Croman, Professional Photographer

I was born in Hawaii and have always been in love with the ocean. It started out like most teens in Hawaii, body boarding (aka 'boogie boarding') which later transitioned to bodysurfing. It was natural for me to be a bodysurfer since I was a competitive swimmer in high school and even a little bit in college. I really bodysurfing because it's just you, the wave and your fins, nothing else. It's so pure.. So 10 yrs ago when I would be bodysurfing these massive waves at Waimea or Pipe it was such a cool experience I wanted to tell everyone! I would try my best to explain what I just experienced to others, friends, family, whoever would listen. I would flare my arms up to describe how big the waves were, make funny sounds with my mouth describing the thunder and bass the waves make underwater and ramble on how gorgeous the colors and reflections were. Unfortunately, that's what it mainly was, rambling. Then I held my first DSLR camera in 2007 and I instantly knew I found my calling. Literally a few months after I bought my camera, I moved to South East Asia to focus on photography full-time. For nearly a year, I worked on my own unique style as a photographer and artist. The people and energy of the land I visited invariably moved me. When I moved back home to Hawaii, I had a completely different understanding of what I was able to do with my camera; I was able to create art. This led me to combine the two things I really enjoy doing, bodysurfing and photography. I don't have the skills to articulate my experiences or myself very well, but I do know photography and that's how I started out as a swimmer to a bodysurfer to a surf photographer.

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