Take Your Point-and-shoot Camera for a Swim

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Take Your Point-and-shoot Camera for a Swim

Protect a Holga camera for some unpredictable underwater shots.

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Underwater photography has come a long way since the days when filmmakers required a submarine to capture images for the 1916 silent film "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." Today, with a $10 disposable waterproof camera, you can turn your own bathtub into an underwater tourist attraction.

Whether you're shooting in the backyard pool or freelancing for National Geographic, there's a bevy of underwater photography equipment available to suit your needs. From waterproof housings to professional cameras and lenses, underwater photography equipment runs the gamut of budget and technology. Once you've selected an underwater camera that's right for you, practice your craft at any number of lake, sea, aquarium or ocean attractions. Underwater photography courses and experiences are available worldwide. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, for instance, pairs a course on underwater photography with a dive that counts toward your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Master Dive Certification.

Now that you've got a way to record your experiences, it's time to have an underwater adventure. Next up, we explore snorkeling and scuba diving.

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