Basic Shooting Techniques

Our Basic Shooting Techniques section helps to bring together facts from all the other sections to improve your underwater photo shooting knowledge. This section also touches on subjects that impact your ability to have an opportunity to shoot, as well as shooting technique itself.


An instructor level certification is the highest you can go in your diving certifications. Some training agencies offer instructors different levels of certification that they can go through, but it all focuses on the instructor position. An instructor is a leader and must conduct themself in this manner. Once you become an instructor, you can work at a dive shop, resort, club, etc. and teach individuals how to scuba dive. Consult your local dive shop or training agency for course requirements and expectations.

Instructor certifications require specific prerequisites, and these prerequisites differ amongst training agencies, so it’s important that you contact your local dive shop or training agency to find out everything you need to know before signing up for a course.

Cave Diving for the Silver Screen

by Andreas W. Matthes

Cave diving in Romania is something not offered all the time and when friend, Underwater cave cinematographer and photographer Wes Skiles of Karst Production was asking me some years back during a NSS-CDS cave diving convention in Lake City, Florida if I like to go cave diving in Romania naturally I was curious and it turned out to be quite a cave diving experience indeed.
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Basic video shooting techniques overview

Most rules of topside video are applicable when shooting underwater video. Composition involves the same elements and guidelines such as the rule of thirds, leading looks, leading lines, and color balance. However, the underwater environment adds some new challenges to conquer in order to get decent video.

Here are the sections of this article to read over for basic video shooting techniques:

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