Beginners Underwater Photography Workshop

These workshops are unique in that they are very much a hands-on learning environment at a fun and friendly pace giving great results fast to complete beginners.

It will comprise of daily short informal discussions each morning during the week on different topics of underwater photography for beginners with digital compact cameras to show guests how to understand their compact camera and how to get the best of it underwater.

External flashguns and different lenses are available to hire to give guests a hands-on experience of experimenting, if so required. There will be informal short Photoshop presentations to show guests how to digitally manipulate their own underwater photographs and turn them into their very own works of art. Guests’ very own slideshows will take place in the evenings from the day’s events and all photographs will be judged at the end of the week with different prizes to be won, including special certificates to be given out to each guest as well as a winning Ocean Visions Trophy.

The aim of the week is to give guests different dive experiences in a small group to ensure that each guest benefits from the week and has opportunities for private hands-on tuition to ensure that everyone progresses with their skills and comes home with photographs to be proud of.

What the Course Entails

Subjects covered in depth are as follows :

  • Camera Care & Maintenance - Looking After Your Kit
  • The Importance of Buoyancy Control Underwater
  • When to Use Automatic ‘Fish” Mode
  • Use of Different Film Speeds/ISO for Different Circumstances
  • The Meaning of White Balance and How to Benefit from It Underwater
  • Macro/Close Up Photography using the Built-In Camera Flash
  • Metering Modes
  • What Makes a Great Underwater Photograph?
  • The Use of Different Lenses for Different Effects Underwater
  • Introduction and Use of Flashguns for Different Lighting Techniques
  • Two Short Presentations on Photoshop to Enhance Your Underwater Images

Course Duration: 7 Days

Course Pre-requisites

The dive pre-requisites for this course are that the guests are Open Water Divers and that they have their own cameras. Good bouyancy control is important, although skills will be reviewed on the first day. Cameras are available to hire from myself if needed.

Course Flow

Each guest needs to notify Maria of their different camera and specific requirements from the week to ensure that the course is tailor-made to their kind of camera.

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