FULLY BOOKED. You can read a detailed introduction to all of Alex’s Cayman Workshops here.

Ocean Frontiers is proud to once again be hosting Cayman Digital Madness, at Compass Point Dive Resort, their annual underwater photography workshop with Alex Mustard. Be sure to book now to join a week jammed with specialized diving tailored for enthusiastic underwater photographers, with one to one tutoring in the pool, lectures and group image review sessions under the expert guidance of Alex Mustard.

Snorkellers In Silversides. Cayman Islands.

For further information and for reservations please contact lesley@oceanfrontiers.com and ask about Cayman Digital Madness with Alex Mustard.

WORKSHOP

Alex says, “the Controlling Light Workshop is my classic Cayman wide angle photography class, where we shoot the very best of Grand Cayman’s diving. The week is dominated by my favourite photogenic and productive dive sites, with almost every trip being bespoke and not something that it is possible to do in exactly the way we do it at any other time. The focus of the workshop is on wide angle photography and it aims to reconstruct the way you shoot wide angle, both from technical and artistic point of view, while you enjoy shooting reef walls, coral caverns, Kittiwake wreck, stingrays, reef sharks, turtles, tarpon and more. My summer workshops are timed to catch massive schools of silversides and if they are around we will dedicate lots of time to them!”

Stingray Sunrise. Cayman Islands.

Yes, the timing of this workshop is all about the silversides. This small, silvery schooling fish are present year round in Grand Cayman, but typically in mid-summer their numbers bloom from thousands to millions. They spend the day sheltering in caverns and inside wrecks (the Kittiwake is one of Grand Cayman’s most reliable sites for them), dispersing at night to feed, and then returning, often to a different cave, for the following day. And the silversides attract predators – tarpon, jacks, groupers and snappers. Their numbers are not linked to the lunar cycle, so they cannot be predicted with certainty, but these dates have always proved the most reliable. Also our itinerary allows us to cover all sides of Grand Cayman to hunt for them. If they are about, we will find them and we will work them hard!

Exploring The Kittiwake. Cayman Islands

 

Alex continues “I do not teach underwater photography using a paint by numbers approach. I will tell you what to do, but I want you to understand why you need to apply that technique in that way to get the killer image. I want you to leave my workshop a more knowledgeable and better underwater photographer, as well as with a collection of great images. I want you to understand what goes into stunning shots, so that you can take them on dives, whether I am there to help you on your next trip or not.” This is the aim of this workshop.

Sharks On The Reef. Cayman Islands.

Alex adds “The workshop is usually run to a busy schedule, we work hard for our images. We take our photography seriously, although not ourselves. There is no competition element in the week, which everyone always says helps promote a friendly and sharing atmosphere, and many images from the workshop go on an pick up awards in international underwater photography contests. In short, I hope that you can join me in Cayman.

Tarpon Hunt. Cayman Islands

THE PACKAGE:

There are two workshops available:
Week 1 27th July – 3rd August 2019
Week 2 3rd August – 10th August 2019

Each week includes 7 Nights accommodation at the luxurious Compass Point Dive Resort, enjoy the luxury of rolling out of bed and onto the dive boat!

6 days of action packed diving with Alex Mustard and Ocean Frontiers (approx 19 dives in total), almost every dive trip we make is exclusive to this workshop, which you can’t do normally.

Group Size: Limit 14 Photographers plus Alex Mustard

Seminars, Workshops, 1:1 Session in pool; Group Image Review Sessions and pre-dive Tips & Tricks from Alex.

Pool Deck drinks and social on final evening

Free High Speed Wi-Fi Internet Access for your entire stay

Rental Car for entire stay

Includes all room taxes

Group Size: Limit 14 photographers / plus Alex

Package Price:

US $2400 per person double occupancy in a one-bedroom condominium

US $2995 per person single occupancy in a one-bedroom condominium

US $2675 per person double occupancy in a two bedroom, two bathroom oceanfront condominium

Yellow Blenny. Cayman Islands

Please note that, while we will endeavor to find a roommate for those who are single travelers and would prefer to share a two-bedroom accommodation, in the event of a roommate not being available the single occupancy supplement will apply.

In order to confirm your spot we would require 50% deposit at the time of booking with the final 50% being due 45 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation policy: Full refund with more then 30 days notice prior to first day of arrival.  No refund with less than 30 days notification.

For further information and for reservations please contact lesley@oceanfrontiers.com and ask about Cayman Digital Madness with Alex Mustard.

You can also call Toll Free from the USA on 1 800 348 6096.

Jawfish With Eggs. Cayman Islands

The video below shows silversides at a dive site called Grouper Grotto. This is the closest dive site to Ocean Frontiers dive shop on the East End of Grand Cayman. Another great East End dive site for silversides is Snapper Hole, where the BBC filmed the silverside sequence for the series Atlantic (watch sequence).