It’s no easy task becoming a good photographer. It’s a skill that takes a lot of talent and a lot of practice and dedication. Taking good photos on land is one thing, but taking good photos underwater? That’s another skill entirely.
Underwater photography is a skill that’s highly sought after for obvious reasons. It’s a necessary component to many areas of study like zoology, environmental studies, marine biology, and many more disciplines. It requires a special skill set that not many people are accustomed to, but with the right training, you could secure a very lucrative and fulfilling career.
Training and Requirements
First things first – you’ll need to become a certified SCUBA diver. Depending on the program you attend, this can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. At Hall’s you’ll learn how to use SCUBA equipment, how to react in certain situations, how to perform underwater signals and learn all of the basic diving procedures. Once you’re certified, you can move on to mastering your photography skills.
Once you’re SCUBA certified, you must take an underwater photography course. Here, you’ll learn all about what it takes to capture an amazing underwater shot. You’ll learn about framing and composition, lighting, the best underwater cameras and lenses, and lots of practical techniques. That’s only half the battle. Back on land, you will also learn how to edit, enhance, and cleanup your photos to produce the best images possible.
Once you’ve completed your underwater photography course, it’s time to start searching for job opportunities.
Underwater Photography Career Prospects
There are many industries that utilize underwater photography. Perhaps your goal is to get published in a major magazine like National Geographic or you want to work for a marine conservation agency and document the problem of disappearing coral reefs. Maybe you just want to share pictures of exotic underwater creatures with the world. Whatever your goal is, if you have an artistic eye and the motivation to follow your dreams, you’ll have a lot of opportunities.
What’s the salary like for an Underwater Photographer?
According to Marine Insight, most underwater photographers make between $35,000 and $60,000 per year, and jobs are expected to increase by 13 percent by 2020. Like most photographers and freelancers, underwater photographers will need to build up a client base.
Study Underwater Photography at Hall’s Career Institute
The professional-level photographic and videography skills that you’ll learn at Hall’s will undoubtedly expand your opportunities for dive industry employment and add a new skill to your toolbox. We train our students in digital video and photo editing, how to properly shoot photos or movies underwater, and how to obtain employment in this ever-growing industry. We’ll teach all the customer service, interpersonal, and computer skills needed to excel as an underwater photographer. Growing your client base is a vastly important component of any job in the diving industry, and we have the tools to help make that happen.
Give us a call at (800)-331-HALL (4255) to get in contact with the pros and start your new career today!