Say “cheese” underwater!

It is not uncommon to see Blue Marlin guests in the dive resort or on the boat with photography equipment.  This is nothing new as the field of underwater photography and videography began as early as the mid 1800s.

Left to professionals and specialists alone, the first underwater cameras were rudimentary and were only able to capture stationary objects. Without the invention of proper flash the photographer needed to remain extremely shallow and even then the images were difficult to make out.

First Underwater Color Photograph

It is hard to imagine that the first color photo underwater was captured in 1923. The comparison to the images today makes it appear like a surreal oil painting. Popular underwater imageries weren’t very common until the 1930s and 1940s when filmmakers brought the marine environment to the big screen igniting the imagination of future subaquatic explorers.

Underwater Photographer at Shark Point

Some modern cameras appear to be like giant crabs with big arms supporting lights and stabilizers. A true investment for photo nuts, many of these devices can be worth thousands of dollars for just the housing or lenses alone. It is not necessary for every diver to wait until they can afford these cameras in order to get into the hobby of underwater imagery. The advancement of cameras over the last few years makes it so anyone can take pictures underwater. Just look at how many photos and videos you see online taken with the ever-popular GoPro cameras that every traveller seems to take with them these days!

While anyone can take a camera with them underwater and get at least one decent shot, in order to perfect your skills as an ocean photographer it helps to learn a few pointers from someone with experience. Skills like good buoyancy and an understanding of light in the water allows you to move freely looking for cool aquatic life to capture on film.

Fun with learning to use a camera

Here at Blue Marlin we offer courses in both Underwater Digital Photography and Videography. Divers are encouraged to bring their own camera, as this is the equipment you will be using after the course but we can also help to arrange rental or purchase here. We also offer adventure dives or a full course for Peak Performance Buoyancy teaching you to use your lungs and proper weighting to make you more comfortable with a camera and a better diver in general.

Underwater Videographer

If you’re not interested in taking images yourself but still want to show off your cool diving holiday to friends and family back home we also employ skilled videographers and photographers. These expert divers have extensive knowledge of the dive sites and are able to produce finished professional souvenir DVDs and CDs for you to take home in less than a day.

Underwater photography

For more information about photography courses or getting a personal dive movie made contact us at for schedules and pricing.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Barry says:

    Great shots guys brings back good memories!


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