Underwater Photography Tips

DIY Photography

Whenever we go on vacations, we dream of taking photographs so that they can keep our memories dear. That doesn’t sound too hard if we are just going on regular vacations, because we can simply whip out our cameras or phones and take those shots. Things get a little complicated when we go on vacations and participate in activities like snorkeling. It is not every Tom, Dick, and Harry that has experience taking underwater camera shots or videos, and besides, not everyone can afford waterproof cameras that are meant for the job. In this article, we are going to take a look at some underwater photography tips.

cozumel marine park

cozumel marine park

Know your Camera

Taking shots underwater is a whole new ball game, and you shouldn’t expect great shots at your first attempt. This is because the lighting is tricky, and hence the need to know your camera settings well. You should know how to use all of the camera settings while the camera is in the underwater housing.


Lighting will probably be one of the biggest challenges when taking underwater shots. The closer that the subject you’re photographing is to the surface of the water, the more the light that will show it off. This means that you have to really time the time of day for your shots, well.

Water Clarity

The clarity of the water is something that is bound to affect the shots, and the further the subject is away from the camera, the cloudier that the images become. In such situations, you can zoom out or use a wide angle lens and get closer to your subject to close the distance. This will capture the scene, and is better than zooming in.


Framing is important, even though it is difficult to hold still underwater due to the buoyancy. You need to plan out the image and figure out how you can place it in the frame before taking the shot.

Cozumel Discover Scuba Diving

Being that we are talking of underwater photography, we might as well mention best Discover Scuba Cozumel. Going on a scuba diving expedition with them would be your perfect opportunity to sharpen your underwater photography skills. This is a scuba diving program that will teach you how to wear scuba equipment, basic safety rules, and underwater breathing, and people must be at least 10 years old, and in sound health, in order to participate. The reef that you will visit with this program is Paradise Reef, located inside Cozumel Marine Park (protected area). Departures are daily at 9:30am, 11am, 12pm (noon), 1pm, and 3pm.


  • Discover Scuba Diving from Shore – 1 tank Dive at a Reef accessible from Shore.
  • Discover Scuba Diving Open Water – 1 tank Dive at a Reef in the Open Water accessible by Boat.
  • Discover Scuba Diving Plus – 2 tanks Dive: 1 Dive from Shore, and 1 Dive in the Open Water.

Dive Trip Highlights:

  • All diving equipment is provided.
  • 1 tank dive (2 tanks dive with the PLUS experience).
  • No previous scuba diving experience necessary.
  • Instructions and assistance with all aspects of scuba gear and safety.
  • Small groups with personal attention.
  • The meeting point is next door to the Cruise Pier.
  • English speaking Dive Instructors.

Included in the package:

  • All diving equipment
  • 1 tank dive (2 tanks dive with the PLUS experience).
  • PADI Certified and English speaking Dive Instructor.
  • Soft drinks bottled purified water.
  • Beach break after dive.
  • Marine Park conservation fee.
  • This is an all-inclusive trip.

Excluded in the package:

  • Ground transportation from the Cruise Pier or Hotel to the meeting point.
  • Ferry transportation when coming from Mainland (Playa del Carmen or Cancun).
  • Gratuities – optional.


  • Discover Scuba Diving from Shore: $79usd (2 hours approximately).
  • Discover Scuba Diving Open Water: $89usd (2 hours 30 minutes approximately).
  • Discover Scuba Diving Plus: $119usd (3 hours 30 minutes approximately).
  • Adults or kids (age 10+) are the same price.
  • Cozumel Marine Park conservation fee is included in the price.
  • All fees and taxes included.

Refund policy:

  • If there’s bad weather on the day of the trip, and the harbor master shuts down the port.
  • When coming to Cozumel via Cruise Ship, and the Cruise gets re-routed off Cozumel for whatever reasons.


You can now go and learn how to scuba dive, and while at it, you can also sharpen your underwater photography skills. This will ensure that you take your memories back home with you to show off your latest adventures.

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