So, you like the idea of underwater photography?
Well, you’ve guessed absolutely right. It is the best
sport/hobby/pastime/job EVER and the favorite special interest of scuba divers whilst scuba diving.
Underwater photographers are an elite (but not elitist) group of people who know something that the rest of the world does not. The meaning of Life!
Underwater photographers come from all walks of society. I
was once (in fact many times) on liveaboards with a group comprising Ex-Hells
Angels, High Court Judges, electricians, and multi-national corporation CEO’s. It was quite amazing to see them all talking as equals, swapping tips about equipment and technique. That's right - anyone (including you) can become an underwater photographer.
If, you’re just looking for some andrenaline rush,
forget it. There is an element of hunting that appeals on an instinctive level
but underwater photography is not another mindless extreme sport. You have a
Plan. There is a long term strategy, precision planning, an objective!
The Zen of the activity is tremendous. Such a broad range of skills are
brought to bear. You’re not always successful but that’s not the point. When you
are, it has Meaning.
Not all underwater photographers are quite that intense of course, most are just
snappers who want to show their non-diver friends exactly what scuba diving
is about. It is still a passion to convey the feeling of awe for that still
relatively unexplored realm of the Worlds' Seas.
The medium chosen might be video rather than stills for beginners. You may
already be a keen land photographer, or not - it doesn't matter. The
equipment these days almost guarantees technical success. You can soon be taking
great shots. You may even make some money from your efforts one day!