Curriculum Overview

 

 

 

Workshop Calendar

 

Workshop Descriptions

 

Essentials of Underwater Photography

 

  • Highly recommended for anyone unfamiliar with concepts such as aperture, shutter, ISO, focal length, and magnification
  • Topics Covered
    • ​The exposure triangle
    • Aperture and depth of field
    • Shutter and motion blur
    • ISO and digital noise
    • Fundamentals of strobes and balancing light
    • Fundamentals of composition
    • 5 tips for better underwater photography
  • 1 day course with 2 hr lecture, 1-2 dives, and 1-2hr debrief
  • Course Requirements
    • Personal dive gear and 2 full tanks
    • Camera and underwater housing (recommended: camera with adjustable aperture/shutter)

 

Composition Workshop

  • Recommended for photographers looking to improve their theoretical/practical knowledge of composing a photo
  • Topics Covered
    • ​Composition: putting a picture together
    • Portrait vs. landscape:
    • Traditional composition rules
      • Rule of thirds
      • Converging lines
      • Parallel lines
      • S-curves
    • ​The importance of negative space
    • Filling the frame
    • Practical tips to improving composition
  • 1 day course with 2 hr lecture, 2 dives, and 1-2hr debrief
  • Course Requirements
    • Personal dive gear and 2 full tanks
    • Camera and underwater housing (recommended: camera with adjustable aperture/shutter)

 

 

Lighting Workshop

  • Recommended for divers interested in learning more about strobes for underwater photography
  • Topics Covered
    • ​Exposure review
    • Underwater strobes: cutting through the mumbo jumbo
    • Single strobe techniques
    • Double strobe techniques
    • Macro photography with strobe
    • Wide angle photography with strobes
    • Balancing exposure
    • Limiting backscatter
    • 5 tips for smarter strobe use
  • 1 day course with 2 hr lecture, 1-2 dives, and 1-2hr debrief
  • Course Requirements
    • Personal dive gear and 2 full tanks
    • Camera and underwater housing
    • 1+ Underwater strobe
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Digital Darkroom (Lightroom) Workshop

  • Recommended for photographers interested in learning how to use Adobe Lightroom to import, edit, organize, and archive photos
  • Topics Covered
    • Photo editing software packages
    • ​Adobe Lightroom
    • Importing photos and the DNG file format
    • Keywords, flags, ratings, and colors
    • The library module
    • The develop module
      • ​Global image adjustments
      • Local image adjustments
    • Underwater photography pearls of wisdom
    • The slideshow and print modules
    • Digitally sharing your images
  • 1 day course
  • Course Requirements
    • Adobe Lightroom 3 or 4
    • Laptop computer preferred but not required

 

Advanced Topics in Underwater Photography

  • Recommended for photographers looking to push the underwater photography envelope
  • Taught in a mentorship style
  • Potential Topics
    • ​Close focus wide angle photography
    • Snoot photography
    • Fluorescence photography
    • Supermacro photography
    • Over-unders
  • ​Please inquire for more details