Underwater Photography and Video


The key to great underwater photos and video is getting close and light; without using light, there is no color. When light penetrates into clear water at a perpendicular angle, it loses 50 percent of its surface brightness after 3.3 feet. This loss is caused by refraction, reflection, diffusion and the loss of color due to selective extinction (the general weakening of radiation).

Once your awareness and knowledge of these physical phenomena and the effect they have on photography and video increases, your ability to counter them will improve greatly. Learn some of the tried and proven methods learned through the efforts and experiences of other underwater photographers.




This course has the following prerequisites:

  • Be at least 12 years old.
  • Possess a minimum of Open Water Diver certification.
  • Be able to either answer No to all of the questions on the RSTC Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval prior to taking part.



This course consists of four classroom/pool sessions. If you would like to receive a Specialty Diver certification for this course, you must also complete open-water training dives. Your instructor will have details.



All classroom and pool training take place right here at Harry’s Dive Shop. We are among the few dive centers in the country with our own indoor, heated swimming pool. This 16-foot-deep pool was designed specifically for diver training. It provides unbeatable convenience and enjoyment.


When?This course takes four evenings, from 5:30 until 9:30 pm. Available staring dates include:

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Classes require a minimum of three people to run as scheduled. If fewer than three people sign up, we reserve the right to either cancel the class or impose a $100 uncharge.

Please be aware that, while we make every effort to keep our listings accurate and up to date, you should always call the store to confirm starting dates and times.

Please be aware that, while we make every effort to keep our listings accurate and up to date, you should always call the store to confirm starting dates and times.

How Much?

How Much?

The course fee is $225/person and includes:

  • All instruction.
  • Self-study materials.
  • Use of underwater camera.

An additional deposit is required before taking camera into open water. If supplying your own camera and strobe or video light, deduct $100 (two students can share a single camera system, as one will be modeling while the other shoots). If you purchase a camera system from us within 30 days of completing the course, you will be eligible for additional savings.

Students are responsible for supplying:

  • SD card.
  • Personal diving equipment (see list below).
  • Certification card processing.

Your instructor will have details and costs for the optional open-water training dives.

Required Equipment


Students are responsible for supplying the following:

  • Mask, snorkel, fins.
  • Weight system, weights.
  • Adequate exposure protection.
  • One cylinder.*
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BC).*
  • Regulator/alternate air source.*

*If you do not own these items, you can use ones from the rental department at Harry’s Dive Shop for the pool session.

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