Ten years ago it was a rather novel thing to meet divers with videocameras – but now almost any diver can afford a camera able to produce impressive footage. In fact, today, it’s difficult to go on a dive boat without meeting at least a few divers recording everything on their Gopros or similar action cameras – creating massive amounts of footage.
This of course leaves the question of what you should do with it. Many divers just store the files on their harddrives and memory cards without ever giving them a second look, and when you examine them it becomes painfully obvious why. The videos looks nothing like the gopro promotional material. All green and blue hues, shaken camera and bad composition. No matter if you dive in the Philippines, where you’re totally spoiled with a choice of motives ranging from spectacular macrolife to whalesharks and mantaray – bad technique just won’t convey the majesty of the diving experience. The PADI underwater videographer course teaches you how to produce catching underwater movies.
The course entails:
The selection, maintenance, care and handling of underwater video equipment.
Discussion of safe diving practices while using underwater video equipment.
A number of video dives, shooting appropriate footage.
The planning, organization, procedures, techniques and problems of underwater videography.
Exposure, focus, and maintaining colour with video equipment.
Colour correction through lights, filters and editing.
Shot types, lengths and camera moves
Storylining and shot sequencing,
An editing workshop
A diver need to be at least 15 years old and be at least certified as a PADI Open Water Diver (or a similar accreditation from another scuba training agency such as CMAS, SSI or others.)