The article was really helpful. I just signed up for this forum and have a total noob question - how much diving experience do I need before it's worthwile to attempt underwater photography?
I'm a competent photorgrapher on land and I've read some of the underwater photography guides - but they are much more focused on the camera skills - it almost seems like the assumption is you have to be a experienced diver before you even attempt underwater photography.
I've only ever dived once and I don't have my certification. I'm going to the great barrier reef and am tempted to buy a housing for my camera and see what I can do. Am I biting off more than I can chew? I remember on my last dive there were times when I would almost float to the surface or practically crawl along the ocean floor because I wasn't used to the gear.
My word you are, wait at lest till you have 50+ dives; it's more fun to get off on the diving skills, it will be one the greatest buzzes of your life time, the camera makes it more like hunting then observing passively and being in awe of the marine world. Best to understand what you are doing so it is safe to use a camera.