The art of a good photographer is foremost story telling. Be it documenting a dive or a filming a unique experience within the marine environment. Becoming an underwater photographer or videographer, gives you the chance to open the underwater world up to the eyes of those who may never otherwise get it experience it. It helps to highlight and educate important issues by visually bringing stories to the surface.
As mentioned earlier, if you have good buoyancy and are confident in the water and you keep it simple, it can be a very enjoyable experience to dive in and have a go; you should come out with some amazing images to treasure. A great option is to go on a dedicated trip with a professional, these trips vary from local dive sites to a liveaboard in the Red Sea or further afield. Taking part on one of these trips will give you not only expert help at hand but you will be diving with like-minded individuals who share your passion. You’ll also get some great critique to help you on the way to becoming a more proficient photographer.
A new thing you will experience when entering into photography, is the amount of extra gear you will have to take on a trip and that having good organisational skills is a must. Having extra places to store kit is a huge help. On the boat don’t forget dry bags and boxes and whilst you dive, pockets in your BCD or tech shorts will be beneficial.