Underwater Videography Training
Koh Tao Thailand

Become an underwater videographer in Asia’s top dive destination – Koh Tao Thailand!

While you’re staying in this beautiful place, you will be trained to capture the stunning underwater world. Oceans Below will provide you with all of the skills and equipment needed to produce professional 4K underwater videos. Your training will include the use of high-quality 4K mirrorless cameras, Nauticam and Fantasea Underwater Housings, and Adobe CC for editing.

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Underwater Video Courses


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12 Day Pro Underwater Videography Training

  • Price: 39,500 THB
  • Prerequisites: PADI Advanced (or equivalent) with 50+ logged dives

This course is the first step to a new life! We introduce you to all the skills, techniques, editing programs and mental processes that are employed by underwater videographers throughout the industry. ... read more.

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3 or 5 Day Underwater Videography Course

  • Price: From 15,000 THB
  • Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent)

These programs build your abilities to film short, engaging videos which are cleanly edited and can raise the profile of your business or personal portfolio. ... read more.

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UV (Fluorescence) Underwater Video Course

  • Price: 20,500 THB
  • Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water with logged 'normal night dive

The Fluoro video course will raise your footage to a whole new level by allowing you to explore the electric beauty of the underwater environment under U/V light at night. ... read more.

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Social Media Video Content Production Course

  • Price: 27,000 THB
  • Prerequisites: PADI Advanced (if you intend to shoot underwater footage)

Divers and non-divers can learn great new techniques for increasing their social media exposure and following through potent, directed video messaging. ... read more.

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Mermaiding Dive & Underwater Imagery

  • Price: From 3,000 THB
  • Prerequisites: Be able to swim

Whether you are looking for unique marketing content or to indulge a fantasy, this course is an exciting and fun way to express yourself artistically. ... read more.

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Freediving Videography Course

  • Price: From 12,500 THB
  • Prerequisites: Freediver level 1 (or higher)

The challenge of filming underwater on a single breath of air allows pays off by allowing you to get closer to many of your marine subjects. This training requires discipline, vision and awareness. ... read more.

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Underwater Video Course FAQs

What is the best way to get stable footage?

First of all it is always difficult in the ocean to be 100% stable. There are currents and swell that we have to deal with. Try using the currents to your advantage. Swim agianst it for a while, then turn around and slowly kick in the direction the current takes you. This way you will be more stable. Another little trick is to ever so slighly overweigh yourself so you don’t float slowly up when taking a breath. Another possibility is to use a tripod. This is especially usefull for macro videography.

Can I use my video lights also for still shots?

Yes, you absolutely can! Video lights are not as strong as strobe lights, but they definitely help bring color back in your image.

What white-balance do I set for underwater video?

You can use manual white-balance. This means that every time the light changes or your depth, you will reset your white balance. You can point the camera to a white or grey slate or use the palm of your hand. To make life easier, some cameras have an auto underwater white balance setting. This one you can find in your white balance settings. Normally it works pretty good when shooting shallow and in natural light. If you use strobes or video lights, you can keep it on AWB (auto white balance) or manually white balance with the strobes and/or lights turned on. If you use your video lights at night or for cave dive filming, you set the white balance in Kelvin on your camera the same value as your lights. Most lights are 5600K.

Is there a way to stabilize shaky footage in post?

In Adobe Premiere Pro in “effects” you will find a “warp stabilizer” tool. Drag and drop that onto your clip. In the effects folder click on ‘analyze’ and set the percentage between 2% to 10%. Standard it will be 50% but that’s a bit much! Always check your stabilized footage to see if it looks ok. If you detect a ‘warp’ movement after you stabilize it, take it off and slow down your footage a little. That will also help make your footage look more satble.

How do I position my video light to avoid backscatter?

When using underwater video lights, the hardest thing to do is to avoid backscatter. Make sure your lights are only lightning up the subject and not the water in between the subject and your lens. This means you will have to change the positioning of your lights. Most of the time you will have your lights left and right a little out next to your dome port. Sometimes you might want to position them differently when shooting in a wreck for example.

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