Underwater photography is an artistic or realistic presentation of the underwater environment. The objective of this course is to promote underwater photography with a high level of safety and photo techniques.
These are the minimum requirements for the PTRD Underwater Photographer and Underwater Photo-Instructor course, which cannot be reduced for any reason. National Associations or Federations may have their specific regulations in addition to PTRD regulations to suit their national requirements such as laws and safety regulations. These specific regulations should be submitted to PTRD.
The following instructions have to be taken into account in the training courses:
-A High level of buoyancy control and underwater motion techniques specific to Underwater Photographer.
-Photo techniques are separated into the following categories: close-up, wide-angle, fish and creative photography.
-The introduction of basic marine biology and the underwater ecosystem.
-Safety guidelines and safety recommendations which are especially applicable to underwater photography.
PTRD LEVEL I UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER
The PTRD level I photographer is able to control and understand basic settings of his/her underwater camera and the artificial lights of his/her strobe to obtain a technically correct photograph.
Minimum age: 14 years old
Minimum diver level: PTRD 1 Star Diver certificate or similar with at least 15 logged dives.
PTRD LEVEL II UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER
The PTRD level II Underwater Photographer should be able to understand the ideal composition and control of exposure and the balancing of natural and artificial lights for the following categories: wide angle, close-up and fish.
Minimum age: 16 years old
Minimum diver level: PTRD 2 Star Diver certificate or similar with at least 30 logged dives.
Minimum Photographer level: PTRD level I Underwater Photographer or equivalent level can be accepted by the PTRD Underwater Photo-Instructor.
Presentation of 10 photos of their own including wide-angle, close-up and fish that are well composed and technically correct.
PTRD LEVEL III UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER
The PTRD level III Underwater Photographer should be able to understand artistic composition rules, image philosophy and know advanced underwater photographic techniques.
Minimum age: 18 years old
Minimum diver level: PTRD**two star diver certificate or similar with at least 60 logged dives.
Minimum photographer level: PTRD level II Underwater Photographer.
Presentation of 20 slides of their own including wide-angle, close-up and fish that are well composed and technically correct.