The Digital Underwater Photography course is a fantastic course to help you learn the ins and outs of taking great underwater photo’s and video. One of the best ways to complete this course is through elearning theory and then practical. The elearning theory gives you the ability to learn at your own pace and time. This allows you to stay more focused while studying and allows you to retain more information this way.
The elearning program has good interactive pictures and video to help you understand different parts and types of cameras. It teaches you how to understand in depth parts of the camera you are using. It provides a good explanation of types of housings and how to choose one that is right for your camera. It provides good information to help with understanding of strobe and light use. It also has good imagery to show use of filters. It talks about importance of practicing above water, and gives you, the user, assignments to help prepare you for the practical sessions so you are more prepared when you get to class. There are little click menus with helpful hints and information. There is good information/steps/procedures on how to set up and get the camera/housing etc ready, cleaning o-rings etc. Information is provided on Digital file formats, image resolution and exposure, sharpness, composition, manual white balance, strobe use, internal and external flash use.
Section 3 of the course is all about taking video. It talks of techniques for holding and aiming the camera while shooting video, along with video shooting basics and how to shoot to tell a story.
While this elearning theory can be taught in a classroom, by completing it online, it allows you to spend a much greater time period in the water practicing where the photo’s are being taken. It also allows the instructor to spend more time adding personal knowledge and experience to the course. Even as an instructor, you can gain valuable additional information by taking the online course, which you can then apply when teaching. The digital underwater photography elearning course is something I would recommend every avid photographer takes, irrespective of whether you plan on taking the full course or not. It will more than likely improve your picture taking dramatically, it will also go towards your Master Scuba Diver rating!
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