Get ready to jump in on most dive sites these days and you are sure to find at least one person armed with an underwater camera. But the needs of an underwater photographer do differ to those of other divers. Great viz, time to spend on your subjects, the right diving destination (with a decent hold baggage) and expertise at the other end are all critical factors when it comes to deciding where to travel for your next diving holiday. Scuba Travel don't only recognise all of this - we go out of our way to bring you the best photographic destinations and guided trips so your photos get some serious wow factor!
Underwater photography has traditionally been a bit of a dark art - a few people taking all the images we see. But in today's high tech world. more and more divers than ever are grabbing a camera and giving it a go. Underwater cameras are getting cheaper and easier to use than ever, especially as digital compacts start to give traditional (expensive) SLRs a run for their money. Once you have mastered the basic dive skills, you can turn your attention to getting that all important shot underwater.
Why focus on photography?
Many divers first pick up a camera to record the magical encounters the get to see underwater. And there is no doubt that armed with a bit of patience and knowledge, underwater photography can become an addictive addition to your diving. But we all face the same challenges in the beginning - blue shots that disappoint. Never fear - Scuba Travel have the solutions you need.
Scuba Travel run specialised photo trips throughout the year to a variety of phenomenal destinations. This enables you to spend the time you need underwater (generally crawling much slower along a reef than your average diver) to get shots you can really be proud of. Throw the standard itinerary out of the window as you dedicate your dive trip to the best light and sightings, repeating dive sites until you are happy.
Scuba Travel also work with some of the UK's most respected and renowned underwater photographers who escort our holidays. With the experts on board, you can pick their brains as to what settings you can try out next, get inspiration and really see your photography improve exponentially. Liveaboards and resorts are carefully chosen for their rinse tanks, dive deck space and charging points!
World Best Underwater Photo Destinations
- Egypt Egypt is a firm favourite with many an underwater photographer. The clear blue water is a stunning back drop to any shot. The variety of marine life from big to small will suit all interests and there are plenty of wrecks to practise wide angle work with. It is impossible to turn the pages of any diving publication without seeing a cracking shot that was taken in Egypt.
- Maldives Underwater photography can be a bit trickier in the Maldives due to fast currents on some sites but this does not mean you should not consider it as a photo destination. Manta shots can be hard to come by across the world but here you can hook in and shoot away on one of the many cleaning stations. The macro life is also superb and a fab range of the always photogenic clownfish family.
- Philippines The Philippines has similar vibrant, colourful coral reefs to those you would expect in the Red Sea - ideal for wide angle reef shots. There are also awesome wrecks in the Sangat region. But it is probably the macro life that is the most impressive here so a must see for any macro fiend.
- Indonesia Indonesia has just about everything you could ever hope to find underwater. Each area has a different focus so no matter what your passion underwater, you will find a photo destination that is simply sublime. Lembeh is the king of unusual macro finds whilst Komodo & Raja Ampat are the places to head for the chance to shoot pelagic. The reefs in Wakatobi are overflowing with pristine corals.
- Fiji Fiji is known as the coral capital of the world so if you want shots filled with the most exotic and resplendent reefs, then make a beeline for Fiji. The marine life is as wide ranging as the corals. Sharks will give you those big fish images or get up close to the reef for all manner of critters.
From small pocket sized compact cameras to huge SLR rigs with multiple strobes, divers have never invested more time or money into taking underwater photographs. Yet, do you go home disappointed when your images fail to convey the beauty of your Red Sea holiday?...read more here
The Red Sea is the ideal training ground for underwater photography and with our on board experts you can get down to the business of taking outstanding images to will do you proud. ...read more here
Wreck Photography is something special and with Get Wrecked Photography you are in the hands of the experts. No matter if you are interested in the tiny details of the wreck or just love the large scale, have a compact camera or SLR, wreck photography can be extremely rewarding and create a real wow factor ...read more here
The Maldives is a perfect location for practising your underwater photography and with our unique photo week itinerary, now you can improve your images as never before from the comfort of your dedicated photography liveaboard. Scuba Travel have created a specialised photography itinerary for all di...read more here
Egypt is well known to underwater photographers - the bio diversity, warm water and opulent reefs make it an enduringly popular option. But now Scuba Travel have teamed up with some of the UK's most famous underwater photographers to offer an underwater photography workshop with a difference - Sudan!read more here
Born in 1960 Charles first started taking wildlife photographs at the age of 8. After winning the best junior award at his local school, with an image of a swan, he’s never looked back. At the age of 16 he started taking photographs underwater while living in the Middle East. His equipment then consisted of a Kodak Instamatic in a ...read more here
Scuba Travel's Photography Travel Specialist Duxy will now be a regular fixture on our dive holidays with a friendly smile and ready to share his passion for underwater photography.read more here
Mike borrowed the club camera within a few months of learning to dive and shortly afterwards bought his own outfit. These days he very seldom enters the water without a camera and has made the transition to digital. As well as talking about the wrecks he’s happy to help underwater photographers with their...read more here
Caroline is Scuba Travel's resident photo expert. Having spent a number of years working as an instructor and dive guide caroline's been diving with a camera and video for the best part of 10years. She now teaches compact photography classes in her spare time and has a thorough knowledge of all the best photography destinations that Scuba Travel offer. So if you have any questions on photography or any of our photo trips Caroline will be more than happy to help you. You can email caroline direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Alexander Mustard trained and worked as a marine biologist, but since 2004 has worked full time as a professional underwater photographer and author. He took his first pictures underwater at the age of nine. They were not very good, but over the years they improved and he is widely regarded as one of the most creative underwater ...read more here
Mentor, coach, facilitator, educator. Whichever words are used to describe him, there is no doubt that Martin Edge is the most experienced and gifted instructor of underwater photography there is. His latest book ‘The Underwater Photographer – Digital and Traditional Techniques’ was published in April 06 ...read more here