The Secrets of Underwater Photography

Learn how to take stunning pictures on your next dives and share your passion for the oceans.

The secret of a stunning underwater photograph

Who is this program for?


  • you want to be able to take phenomenal underwater photos
  • you’re a certified scuba diver
  • you have a compact, micro-four thirds or SLR camera
  • you truly care about our oceans and you want to contribute to help protect them
  • you finally want to understand what you need to do in order to make your underwater pictures look incredible

Ultimately this program is for scuba divers who are ready to step up their game in underwater photography.

What are you waiting for?

Let’s take your underwater photo skills to the next level!

About The Secrets of Underwater Photography

Underwater photography course

The Secrets of Underwater Photography is a 5-week virtual program that supports participants to

  • adopt a mindset that will help protect our oceans
  • take on environmentally-friendly diving habits
  • tell the stories of our oceans
  • understand their cameras and know which settings to choose depending on the conditions
  • create stunning underwater pictures
Underwater pictures by Romina Bayer

Ready? I’m excited to meet you!

I’m Romina, and I know first hand about the struggles of underwater photographers.

Getting started with underwater photography can be very frustrating when you just don’t seem to be able to make your photos look as sharp and colorful as you hoped for.

I want to show you, that the solution is not to spend thousands of dollars on new equipment- it is to understand your camera & what you’re doing.

I understand the methods & techniques for taking amazing pictures underwater (even with a compact camera!) – and I’m excited to share it with you!

Flabellina nudibranch
Underwater photograph of a Napoleon snake eel
Costasiella nudibranch



“I loved the practical assignments! It really made me understand my camera.”


“A wonderful way to stay connected to the ocean during this longer surface interval and prepare for the next dive trip!”

Start taking incredible underwater photos

Take your underwater pics from ‘ok’ results to impressive!
Harlequin shrimp

What is included in the curriculum?

  • Week 1: Understanding light, exposure, and the differences between land and underwater photography.
  • Week 2: Lighting underwater
  • Week 3: Underwater macro photography
  • Week 4: Underwater wide-angle photography
  • Week 5: Post-processing with Lightroom

Bonus: Workbooks & Practical assignments that let you put everything you’ve learned into action!

All the insights you need, in one package

Video Lessons

Watch each module in your own time, get all the input you need & re-watch if you like.

Practical Assignments

Learning by doing! With the practical assignments, you can get into action with your own camera. Start straight after each video lesson with the dry assignments you can complete from home!

Wet Assignments

Learning underwater photography without going underwater? The wet assignments are designed to put all the theoretical knowledge from the lessons into action underwater. Consider them your homework for your next dive.

Personal Feedback

I’m not gonna leave you alone with the tasks. By sending in your assignments & pictures, you will benefit from personal feedback that will further help you advance your skills.

Commitment to protect our oceans

10% of every course goes to marine conservation organizations to support their work.

+ you’re going to learn how to adapt environmentally-friendly photography habits. Because it is not all about getting that perfect shot.


What is included in the course?

The course contains 5 exciting modules. You will get video lessons, additional learning materials, and practicals assignments so you can practice everything you’ve learned with your own camera.
We cover all important topics for underwater photography: starting with understanding your camera and the settings, over equipment (such as lenses, strobes, accessories), understanding light and learning how to shoot in different light conditions, macro photography, wide-angle photography, composition, adopting a mindset that will help you succeed and even post-processing your pictures! My goal in creating this course was to give you all the essentials you need to take your underwater photography to the next level!

How does it work?

Once you have signed up for the program, you will get access to a new module every week. There are five modules in total. Every module comes with video lessons, practical assignments, and additional resources.

I recommend watching the video of each module first and then completing the accompanying practical assignments. A great way to put all your newly gained knowledge into practice is completing the dry practical assignments straight after the video lesson.

For the wet assignments, this will be different of course since you might not go on a dive straight after watching each module, and that is okay. You can complete the wet assignments at a later point in time, and you don’t have to complete them all at once.

For example, if you’re taking the program as a preparation for your next dive vacation, you can practice with the dry assignments first, and then complete the wet assignments on your trip. I highly recommend not completing all wet assignments on the same dive though. It is better to split them up, and maybe even just focusing on 1 or 2 assignments from each module on every dive. Make sure you have a solid foundation and understanding of each concept before you move on to the next one.

Once you have completed your assignments, send them in and you will get personal feedback on your images.

How do I get access to the course?

After you registered and paid you will receive an email with the access link to the course and you can start learning straight away.

How long do I have access to the contents of the course?

You get unlimited access. This means, you can always come back and re-watch the modules if you like.

Do I need to have my own underwater camera?

You don’t necessarily need to have your own camera yet, however it will make it much easier for you to follow along and complete the practical assignments. Any camera from a compact camera up will do. Ideally, it will have a manual mode that you can shoot in.

If you do not own one yet, you could also borrow one from a friend, or rent one for your dives.

I only have a Gopro, does that work?

Although GoPros and similar action cameras are nowadays able to produce spectacular video footage, they are still quite limiting when it comes to taking pictures underwater.

One of the main goals of the program is to teach you how to use the manual mode on your camera. A major set-back on the GoPros is, that you cannot use any manual settings for your pictures.

I am not a certified scuba diver, can I still benefit from the program?

The Secrets of Underwater Photography is a program developed for certified scuba divers (Open Water certification and higher). All the knowledge transmitted in the program is based on the assumption, that you already know how to scuba dive. (This program is not teaching you how to dive!)

If you are not a certified scuba diver yet, I strongly recommend that you wait to participate in this program until after you have completed your entry-level scuba certification AND several dives. For safety reasons, I highly recommend that you first feel completely comfortable underwater with your scuba skills before taking up underwater photography as a hobby.

If you are a freediver, but not a scuba diver, you will be able to apply most of the knowledge from this program as well. Certain techniques covered in this course will however be difficult to impossible to complete when on a breath-hold dive.

Become the voice of the oceans.

Still got questions?

I’m happy to help!

Created with ♥ for the oceans