Photography, Bonaire

Photography @ Dive Friends Bonaire

Bonaire is the perfect place to start or advance your underwater photography! Her unique geography has created miles of leeward coastline with easy shore access and almost perfect dive conditions providing a perfect training ground! Be sure to visit the photography center at our Courtyard by Marriott location. Interested in courses or rentals? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Photography @ Dive Friends Bonaire offers rental cameras, hardware and lighting accessories; a selection of retail items, and a variety of courses from beginners up. All items in our rental line are in our retail line, allowing divers to try before they buy! As a Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo Dealer, we have direct access to ordering items.

Customized underwater photography courses allow divers to develop in their needs individually. Photography@ Dive Friends Bonaire courses are flexible and our photo instructor will work with you to develop your pictures the way you’d like to! Courses include a theory portion to provide increased understanding of a camera and photography concepts applied to the underwater realm.

You’ll have the chance to really learn how to dive with your camera, applying concepts learnt in the classroom on your dives. The dives begin with dialing in buoyancy before camera use. Mastering diving with a camera is essential to become a comfortable, confident, and environmentally conscious underwater photographer. All diving portions of the course have a strong emphasis on a strict conservation code of conduct: no damage is worth a photo. By the end of the course we encourage manual use of camera and lighting, allowing you to have increased control over the images produced. It’s a lot of fun to start pushing yourself away from auto settings and really push the photos into manual!

Courses

All photography courses are tailored for divers to gain confidence and comfort when shooting underwater.

Be Instaworthy!

This 3hour course consists of an in-depth classroom session that discusses photography concepts and tips on how to use your camera whilst diving in order to take beautiful, instaworthy photos. Costs: $85 per person.

Go Viral!

Apply your classroom concepts on the two dives that follow the three-hour theory session in this course! The dives will begin with dialing in buoyancy before camera use. Mastering diving with a camera is essential to become a comfortable, confident, and environmentally conscious underwater photographer. All diving portions of the course will have a strong emphasis on a strict conservation code of conduct: no damage is worth a photo. Costs: $195 per person.

Get Published!

In this extensive two-day course, each day will have a 3-hour classroom session and one to two dives, and an introduction into editing your images with post-processing. It’s a lot of fun to start pushing yourself away from auto settings and really push the photos into manual! Costs: $350 per person.

Rental and Retail

All items in our rental line are in our retail line, allowing divers to try before they buy! The retail line currently offers our Olympus TG5 Camera with Olympus PT-058 Housing as a package. Level up your underwater photography and videography with a range of hardware and lighting accessories. As a Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo Dealer, we have direct access to ordering items.

If you rent this camera, you will receive it set up for you with a fresh 8 GB SD card which you will keep at the end of the trip. Rental costs: $55 per day (camera must be returned by 4:30pm).

The camera delivers fantastic photos and video (both wide angle and macro) with excellent image quality from dedicated underwater settings. We rent it out with the dedicated Olympus PT-058 UW housing rated to 147ft (45m). In addition to the underwater settings the camera has 4K video capability and is waterproof, crushproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof. Setting the camera to the basic underwater settings is very easy and divers will receive a basic run through when renting. This is perfect for divers who just want to ‘set it and forget it’ and those who wish to get easy all-around images.

This strobe is easy to use and understand. The flash output is varied and controlled by the camera’s metering system. If you’re interested in learning more about strobes and lighting: sign up for one of our courses! Rental costs: $35 per day

Powerful, compact, and rechargeable – red or white beams and multiple power levels (70-280min) create the ultimate light for uw photographers. With a choice from three levels: High / Med / Low at highest 1200 lumen white flood and 300 lumen red flood output. It’s wide flood doubles as a general video light and red light lets you sneak up on sea life. Red light is not visible to many underwater creatures, allowing a shooter to approach, focus, set up shot, and shoot with strobes without disturbing animal beforehand. Available with a cold shoe mount. Rental costs: $25 per day

Precision engineered to deliver a powerful smooth beam.  Full power gives 700 lumens with 1.5 – 36 hrs of run-time. Gobes robust factory sealed design is waterproof to 120 meters, works on land and can be mounted to just about anything. The GOBE 700 WIDE head fills your field of vision, in a 60-degree beam. The GOBE 700 spot delivers a fine-tuned focus with 10-degree spot underwater beam angle. User friendly with push button operation and choice from High / Med / Low / Extended / SOS. Rental costs: $17 per day


The AOI UWL-400 is a great wide-angle lens for many compact cameras. It has a 120-degree field of view with a 25mm lens and comes with a 52mm threaded mount, this makes it a great choice for cameras like the Olympus TG series. This is a wet lens that can be ‘screwed’ on to the front of many housings. Ideal to try split shots with or take pictures of the Hilma Hooker and Salt Pier! Rental costs: $50 per day.


Get the most from the Olympus TG camera series! This accessory helps to cut out annoying screen glare in bright water and it allows you to get a large, sharp magnified image from the camera’s LCD screen. Rental costs: $30 per day.


Double Arm Tray for cameras/GoPro. Rental costs: $10 per day

Coldshoe YS Mount. Rental costs: $7.50 per day

Joby Gorillaod SLR Zoom Camera Tripod. Rental costs: $10 per day