Underwater Photography Specialty (Film, Digital, and Video) at Huron Scuba, Ann Arbor Michigan
   
 
Underwater Photo & Video
Description
One of the best parts of scuba diving is sharing what you've seen with your friends & family. However, if they've stayed "dry" while you dove, you'll need to bring back photographs or video!

Huron Scuba offers three types of Underwater Photography classes plus one Videographer class:

PADI Level 1 Digital Underwater Photographer certification:
This classroom and pool course gets you familiar with choosing, using, caring for, and shooting with a digital camera with underwater housing. Hands-on practice on "dry land" and in the pool emphasize the "SEA Method" - Shoot, Examine, Adjust. You'll practice the dive techniques that lead to great pictures while not being hard on the environment. You'll learn how to use manual white balance to improve color in your underwater photos. Limited digital camera rentals available ($50/day for camera/housing); rental fees may be applied towards purchase of camera from Huron Scuba within 7 days of class.

PADI Level 2 Digital Underwater Photographer certification:
This course includes two open water dives and post-dive digital photo workflow workshop. Building on the basics covered in the Level 1 certification, you'll get practice adjusting exposure through the use of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO values. You'll "focus" on getting sharp pictures underwater while composing memorable images. External strobe use is introduced, including the use of strobe angles and power levels. After the dive, your instructor will take you through the digital photography workflow - downloading and organizing your images and making basic adjustments using photo editing programs. Limited digital camera rentals available ($100/day for camera with housing, strobe and wide angle lens); rental fees may be applied towards purchase of camera from Huron Scuba within 7 days of class.

Underwater Photo Workshop:
This workshop is a personalized learning opportunity, meets for one class and pool session, and does not result in a certification card. Use of basic point-and-shoot film camera included for pool sessions (student provides 1 roll 36 exposure 35mm ASA400 film and two AA batteries). Or, bring your own digital or film camera. Private classes available!

Underwater Video Introductory Workshop:
This program introduces the diver to strategies for becoming an underwater videographer. Information includes care and maintenance, shot selection and implementation, lighting, forming a storyline, and editing theories. This one night program may be extended for full PADI Underwater Videographer Specialist certification with two open water dives and costs to be determined for each particular situation.

If you have some underwater photo experience but want to improve your results, you can sign up for the Level 2 Digital Underwater Photography certification and either participate in the Level 1 course, or review your prior experience with the Instructor and complete the Level 1 Knowledge Review to "test out" of Level 1.

Calendar
PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Level 1 Class fee: $149

Includes scuba rental. Limited camera rentals available.

Dates Times / Location Notes
There are no classes currently scheduled.


PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Level 2 Class fee: $195

Limited camera/strobe system rentals available.

Dates Times / Location Notes
There are no classes currently scheduled.


PADI Underwater Photography Workshop Class fee: $145

Classroom & pool

Dates Times / Location Notes
There are no classes currently scheduled.


Underwater Videographer Introduction Class fee: $110

Includes classroom and pool coaching

Dates Times / Location Notes
There are no classes currently scheduled.


Details
Prerequisites Certified open water scuba diver (or snorkeler for Level 1). No photography experience necessary.
Class size Limit 8. Very limited camera rentals available.
Classroom location Huron Scuba
Pool location Slauson or Forsythe Middle School or EMU pool. See schedule.
Open water location Varies (see schedule).
Equipment provided by student Personal snorkeling equipment (must own) and complete scuba diving equipment (may rent or own).
Equipment provided by Huron Scuba Use of scuba equipment included for pool sessions; scuba equipment rental is additional for open water sessions. Limited camera system rentals available; rental fees may be applied towards purchase of camera from Huron Scuba within 7 days of class.
Course cost See individual course descriptions.
Required books & materials PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Pak (Manual with white balance slate)
Optional books & materials Additional photography books available; see shop for current selection.
Additional expenses Film processing, batteries, media for downloading photos (or bring USB key drive).
Other classes to consider Reef Fish Identification, Peak Buoyancy Workshop.
Forms / Materials / Handouts
Introductory Classes Schedule Printable schedule with Discover Scuba Workshop, Snorkeling, and PADI Seal Team classes
Basic Scuba Diver Schedule Printable schedule with Basic Open Water Courses (weekend and weeknight class & pool, & Open Water Cert dives)
"Core" Continuing Education Schedule Printable schedule with Refresher, Advanced, Nitrox, Drysuit, Rescue courses
Continuing Education Schedule Printable schedule with other continuing education classes (First Aid/CPR, Equipment Specialist, Divemaster, etc.)
Huron Scuba Directions to Huron Scuba
Eastern Michigan University Directions to EMU
Slauson Middle School Directions to Slauson Middle School


 

Huron Scuba, Snorkel & Adventure Travel Inc. 4816 Jackson Road Suite D, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 
Phone: 734-994-3483 Fax: 734-994-1597 Apply to join Huron Scuba's staff! Application form in PDF
Regular Store Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm.  webcontact@huronscuba.com