Underwater photography has become a lucrative career option for youngsters in New Zealand who love to dive into the sea, swim among the coral reefs, click photos, earn a handsome amount, and also enjoy an outdoor tour to the wild.


New Zealand offers a Scope for Divers and Underwater Swimmers with a Passion for Photography

The pristine turquoise blue waters of New Zealand host thousands of marine species, colorful coral reefs, and hundreds of different species of water plants among the exquisite landscapes. If you are looking for an entertaining career in photography, love to mingle with the marine life, and enjoy deep sea diving like an expert scuba diver, here is a chance waiting for you in this country – underwater photography.

Prerequisite Learning
To pursue underwater photography, the photographer must successfully pass SCUBA diving tests. Generally a course would take a few days. However, the course tenure can vary depending on how well you want to learn the skill. Care must be taken that the divers learn safety precautions and know how to manage oxygen valve.

Apart from underwater swimming, the photographers must also know how to work with the camera underwater. Advanced water-proof cameras have intricate system which must be learned before the photographer dives undersea.

As underwater photography in New Zealand mainly involves pictures of marine species and their natural habitat, an idea on ecology or marine life would be helpful to the people working with cameras. Those highlighting underwater wreckage and ruins would get a fair idea on their job if they studied nautical history and marine archeology.

Top photographers who want to make a head start in their career on photography look forward to tertiary education in cinematography, such as an associate degree in film studies or course in artwork.

Career Options
Underwater photography is quite lucrative profession in New Zealand. A photographer with at least one year of full-time experience can apply for underwater photography. Media diving is well-accepted and practiced in New Zealand. Regulations, such as New Zealand Standard 2299 Occupational diving operations and Film and photographic Diving have been formulated to address media works on deep sea diving, photography, and film production.

Amazing picturesque photos are published regularly in domestic as well as international magazines, journals, online websites, and encyclopedia. The marine photographers earn good amount if the photos are unique, colorful and highlights some interesting facts about life undersea.

Lucrative Profession
Statistics show that photographers on an average earn about 40,000 dollars. An underwater photographer with specialization to click videos and photos of marine organisms or wreckage undersea earn about 60,000 dollars. If you are keen to work underwater and know the nuances of clicking good photos, you can take up media diving profession.

Risky ventures can fetch even more money. For instance, film makers working on sharks, sword fish, or deep sea landscapes, can earn about 1500 dollars per day.

Diving Experience – Travelers to Travel and Earn
Today, many diving magazines hire interns, experienced cameramen, and trainees to capture some unique moments under the sea. There are also social networking sites which allow photographers to share photos, talk about the best photo of the month, and discuss various spots undersea which photographers can tap to take the best photos.

In fact, care is taken to ensure photographers preserve the underwater heritage by practicing a code of conduct. Touching the flora or coral reefs, pursuing night diving with flash lights, queuing up to take photographs, and lot more are some aspects judiciously shunned by underwater film makers.

So, if you ready to take a daring shot underwater, here is a chance — Pick your camera and head for New Zealand waters.

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