Underwater Photography Workshops
Each year I run a number underwater photography workshops (and, in addition, some non-teaching photographer trips) for keen underwater photographers. The longest running workshops are my annual Grand Cayman and Red Sea Events, but I also run several workshops in other parts of the world. That said, I am very choosey about locations and I only run workshops in destinations that I know will produce the goods photographically and with subject matter I am familiar with. This is fundamental for me to give you the very best advice on lighting, settings and techniques before we dive and to share many suggestions for compositions that are going to reveal the best of the subject matter in your photos. A workshop destination should also have reliably excellent conditions for underwater photography and reliable and abundant subject matter so that everyone can get great shots.
It is all work, work, work!
My workshops are not aimed at absolute beginners. I aim to help people who are already shooting, are enthusiastic about their photography and looking to take their photos to the next level. But I try and encourage a range of levels on each trip, all I ask is that you are enthusiastic about your photography, not condescending to those behind you on the learning curve, and want to improve. There is no minimum equipment requirement and non-photography partners are always welcome. We always try and pack as much in as possible. Nothing is compulsory, but I like to make the most of every day in the water and out.
I do not have a competition element on any of my workshops, which I strongly believe helps to promote a constructive and sharing atmosphere that is to everyone's benefit. And just about everyone comments about it and it is one reason that my trips have many repeat photographers (or maybe I am just not teaching them well enough, so they need to come back!). On my workshops you learn from me AND from each other. Remember nothing will reinforce your knowledge like explaining it to others, and everyone's images benefit from the honest feedback and ideas from our peers.
We take our photography seriously, and work hard for our images, but we don't take ourselves too seriously. So hopefully you'll have a good laugh along the way. Finally, because I am known around the world by underwater photographers, my workshops usually attract people from many countries. I encourage this because I feel it is beneficial for everyone to be exposed to different equipment, techniques, ideas and philosophies than you may have come across before.
I hope you will learn from me and each other!
You can read more about my workshops here.
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My workshops are promoted through my Travel Newsletter. Having a core of repeaters tends to ensure a continuity of the helpful and friendly atmosphere I try to promote on my trips. After trips have been promoted in my newsletter, details may appear on the open areas of this website or elsewhere, although they are usually full by this stage. I generally do not put announcements on Facebook about places on my trips, except when we have a last minute cancellation. Since most of my workshops are fully booked they are not often advertised elsewhere. Finally, I am not a travel agent, so the bookings will always be with the agent organising that particular workshop.
Finally, if you are a keen underwater photographer, please also look at my photography trips. These do not have any structured teaching but offer diving tailored to underwater photography, often at more exotic destinations or focused on a specific event or species. They usually fill with the same people who come on my workshops.
Below is a list of some of my forthcoming workshop plans. Full details are available through the newsletter. Cancelation spaces do open up regularly (often more regularly than I can update this website), so please get in touch if you are interested in a specific trip.
Nov/Dec 2014: Raja Ampat Workshop, Indo Siren Liveaboard. (Days 10, Group 15). FULLY BOOKED.
Jan 2015: Digital Madness Grand Cayman, Ocean Frontiers Dive Resort. (Days 7, Group 12). FULLY BOOKED.
May 2015: Fiji Workshop, Fiji Siren Liveaboard.(Days 10, Group 14). FULLY BOOKED.
June 2015: Red Sea Thistlegorm Workshop. Whirlwind Liveaboard. (Days 7, Group 19). FULLY BOOKED.
July 2015: Red Sea Classic Summer Workshop. Whirlwind Liveaboard. (Days 7, Group 19). FULLY BOOKED.
Nov 2015: Truk Workshop. Truk Siren. (Days 7, Group 15). SPACES.
Dec 2015: Palau Workshop. Palau Siren. (Days 10, Group 15). FULLY BOOKED.
My workshops usually finish with an end of week show, this is a private show of the trip that people can take home as a movie slideshow. Below are a couple of short versions of those slideshows, edited down and set to royalty free music to give you a flavour of these events and images that the groups produce. Please note that these were made as mementos, not as adverts, which means they should give a fairly truthful insight into my workshops (WARNING: they are all set to music!).
A short overview video slideshow from my June/July 2013 Red Sea Workshops for Scuba Travel.
A short overview video slideshow from my October 2013 Lembeh Workshop for Wetpixel.
A short video slideshow from my Jan/Feb 2014 Raja Ampat Workshop with World Wide Dive and Sail.