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Underwater Photography Instruction

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Would you like to improve your underwater photography? Do you wish to stop taking photos, and start creating art? 

 

For those wishing to improve their skills, Divetech offers photography instruction for underwater photographers and videographers of all levels. From first-time camera users, to advanced level users, there is something to be learned for everyone.

 

Students with any camera system are encouraged to sign up. From GoPro, to point-and-shoot systems, all the way through full-frame DSLR rigs. Students will learn how to make the most from their underwater camera rig – no matter what it is, or how old it is.

 

Individual and small group sizes have the advantage of personalized learning – that is identifying the areas a student wishes to improve upon, and engaging in a custom program to suit their needs.

 

Time with your instructor is sold in half-day increments. While we recommend 1 full-day session to see improvement, there is no minimum or maximum – there is only the time you wish to invest in your learning.

 

These photography sessions are not intended to be certification classes, rather the intent is to improve your photography and video skills. That said, if the student wishes, they may receive a certification card for an additional fee, and additional time. 

Learning consists of a combination of the following: 

 

Introduction– Here, we will examine the student’s camera system and their past underwater photos and/or video. We will identify areas that the student wishes to improve upon, including camera operation/familiarity, as well as techniques and skills to create better underwater images. 

 

Classroom discussion–  Here we will ensure the student understands the fundamentals of photography/videography, and basic techniques on how to properly compose, expose, and illuminate an underwater scene. 

 

Topside skills– practicing the different techniques discussed above water to reinforce concepts, and demonstrate the cause and effect of various settings.  

 

Underwater shooting– here we will go diving from on our house reef and put into practice, the concepts and skills we have learned in discussion and topside exercises. 

 

Post-dive processing & critique– In this segment, we will carefully analyze our photos/video taken underwater, and discuss what went well, and what may be improved upon. We will also discuss underwater post-processing techniques in Lightroom/Photoshop or Final Cut/iMovie, as well as any upgrade paths the student may wish for their camera system. 

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Photography workshop sample outline

 

Basic topics:

 

  1. Introduction​

    • What will we learn in this class? An overview of topics. 

    • What makes a good photograph? 

  2. Exposure basics

    • The exposure triangle and how they affect your image

    • Shutter speed and what effect it has on motion

    • Aperture and what affect it has on depth-of-field

    • ISO and how it relates

    • Balancing it all together

  3. Macro vs wide angle

  4. Lighting basics

    • Artificial light vs ambient light

    • Strobes - how they work

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      ​Strobes - manual versus TTL

      Strobes - proper placement & reducing backscatter

  5. Differences between underwater and topside shooting

    • Exposure differences

    • Color correction

    • Domes – virtual image

    • Lens differences

  6. Camera settings

    • Shooting modes – (P, A, S, M)

    • White balance

    • Focus settings and how to focus correctly

    • Should I use a filter? 

  7. Equipment choices - what system will suit my needs and budget? 

    • Camera

    • Housing

    • Lenses 

    • Domes

    • Strobes

    • Best maintenance practices for your system

  8. Basic composition – how to arrange objects in your image

  9. Post-processing techniques

  10. Presentation​

Advanced topics:

  1. Advanced composition​

  2. Using light with filters. Is this possible? Yes!

  3. Remote lighting and light painting

  4. Using rebreathers for a bubble-less experience

  5. Decompression diving and photography

  6. The color wheel – making images with contrasting colors

With small group sizes, students will be able to pick the topics they wish to learn in, while skipping topics they are already knowledgable in. 

Students must have their own camera setup. Any kind is acceptable, from point and shoot systems to full dSLR cameras. Divetech does not rent underwater cameras. To gain the most out of any session, students should have their own laptop with photo editing software. 

Instructor's time is sold in half day sessions, which include air tanks and weights, and diving from Lighthouse Point shore location. Not included, but available is:

  • nitrox

  • diving rental equipment

  • boat diving

Per Half-day $250 (single student)

                     $200 (2 students, each)