Workshop in Ireland
Weekend workshops and courses in underwater photography are available in Kinsale, Co Cork, with well-known practitioner John Collins.
Based on dive operator Oceanaddicts’ dive liveaboard Embarr, students can choose from a Level 1 Beginners course with compact cameras, Level 2 Advanced Compacts using supplementary lenses and flash (both 335 euros each) or a Digital SLR weekend workshop for advanced photographers (395 euros). Prices include two nights’ B&B and lunch, diving and workshops.
New for 2014 is ”The GoPro Revolution”, a weekend film-making workshop.
Prices for this start at 335 euros, including two nights’ B&B, lunch and snacks, three open-water dives and workshop.
www.oceanaddicts.ie

In focus with Rashid
Underwater photographer Saeed Rashid is hosting three more of his In Focus liveaboard workshop weeks with blueotwo this summer, providing a chance for divers to improve their skills while enjoying access to a wealth of subject matter in the Red Sea and the Maldives. You can take your own camera or hire the gear.
Upcoming itineraries include Red Sea North aboard blue melody for £1149 from 25 July and Maldives North from 6 September aboard blue ”Honors Legacy” (£1799).
www.blueotwo.com

One to one
Fishinfocus Underwater Photography is run by instructor Mario Vitalini for divers of all experience levels, with regular courses at Flippers n Fins Dive Centre near Guildford. Most popular, he says, are private one-to-one sessions, a chance to hone your skills at your own pace.
There are also group courses – Level 1 designed to show you how to get the most from your compact camera and Level 2 introducing strobes and lighting.
Vitalini also claims to be a good source of honest advice when it comes to buying the right cameras, housings and accessories – which you can of course purchase at Flippers n Fins.
”Underwater photography is not about having the flashiest kit – it’s about getting the right camera and knowing how to use it,” he says. And he has a DIVER offer price for a one-to-one course of £175 (saving £50 or 22%).
www.fishinfocus.co.uk

North and south
Oonasdivers has Red Sea photo-workshops covered this year, putting its faith in Mark Webster on a liveaboard in the north and Patrick Shier diving from shore in the south. Webster’s is said to be an informal approach but he is available all day aboard mv Juliet to answer questions as well as giving daily presentations on particular themes.
Running for a week from 12 October, the trip costs £1245pp including flights, transfers, seven nights’ full board, six days’ diving and workshop.
Shier is said to be ”the perfect tutor” for beginners and those using compacts, and his pitch will be Red Sea Diving Safari’s eco-village Marsa Nakari. He aims to give students the skills to graduate from ”point, shoot and hope for the best” to becoming competent underwater photographers.
This week, from 27 August, is priced at £995 for flights and transfers, seven nights’ full board
in a tent, five days’ diving and course. An extra day’s diving can be added for £35.
www.oonasdivers.com

Early warning
You have to book early for the more popular photo-workshops these days and, according to Oonasdivers, Alex Tattersall-led trips count among these.
Following what we hear was a successful Philippines trip early this year, he is leading another to Indonesia from 15-28 March next year.
Guests spend six nights in Lembeh and another six nights in Manado with Ecodivers, and the 10 days’ diving (three dives a day) features a mix of both wide-angle and macro photography opportunities.
The workshop concentrates on techniques, composition, focus modes, subject selection and use of shallow depth of field and slow shutter speeds. Expect relentless enthusiasm for Nauticam equipment too, the host being the founder of UnderWaterVisions / Nauticam UK.
Flights, full-board accommodation, transfers and workshop are priced at £2750pp, with a £110 supplement for unlimited nitrox.
www.oonasdivers.com

Digital doorway
Euro Divers Grand Hotel Hurghada believes that Digital Underwater Photography is one of its best speciality courses, and holds photographic contests over two-month periods with prizes for guests who put their new knowledge to good use.
The next contest starts in November but you can do the course at any time with a speciality instructor for 30 euros on top of the price of the two dives included (44 euros).
Student materials cost 45 euros and certification is 40 euros.
www.euro-divers.com

Winter workshop
Talking of manufacturer-based training, INON UK sells photographic equipment from the Japanese maker and also runs a series of camera courses from entry-level upwards at home and overseas.
For a week from 11 November the team will be based at a favoured Egyptian location, Roots Dive Camp at El Quesir, to run its Underwater photography course/workshop.
The package put together by The Scuba Place includes the training element, with seven nights’ soft (drink) all-inclusive chalet accommodation, six days’ unlimited (daylight) house-reef diving, 10 guided local shore and RIB dives, a two-dive day-trip to the Salem Express, a night dive and transfers for £1349pp (two sharing).
www.thescubaplace.co.uk

Moving images
Director and TV cameraman Jeff Goodman is leading a series of courses aimed at improving the art of underwater video production while appreciating marine-life diversity. The author of A Guide to Underwater Wildlife Video & Editing hosts the courses in Cornwall, the Red Sea and Portugal.
The UK courses, run in association with Atlantic Scuba (Falmouth), are said to be tailored for everyone from beginners to budding professionals.
You bring your own cameras (including GoPros) and lights, plus a laptop with editing software should you decide to do the full five-day video-plus-editing course option. This costs £388 including six dives, whereas the five-day video-only course, with 10 dives, costs £448.
A two-day weekend session, with four dives, costs £163. Club discounts and free places for group leaders are available.
Courses are also held in the Red Sea at Marsa Shagra and the Algarve in Portugal (£795 for a full course with seven nights’ accommodation and transfers from 4 October).
www.jeffgoodman.co.uk

Swanage studio
Swanage in Dorset is a popular UK dive location, and compact-camera specialist Maria Munn has opened a studio there to help beginners to intermediates ”take beautiful photos in just a few hours”.
Tailor-made evening, half-day, full-day and weekend courses suitable for individuals or dive clubs are available with refreshments, home-made cakes and even a barbecue provided.
The studio’s location in a caravan and camping park provides divers with accommodation options ranging from tents to log cabins with their own Jacuzzis. An on-site bar and shop are also to hand.
One-day courses and talks can also be run in Frome, Somerset or at your own dive-club across the country. Prices start from £50pp.
www.oceanvisions.co.uk

Pacific fortnight
If you attend a photography workshop at Manta Ray Bay Resort on the Pacific island of Yap,
no prizes for guessing what one of your main subjects will be!
Manta Fest is a two-week international event at which professional photo-journalists offer classes on camera equipment, animal behaviour, lighting, exposure, developing RAW files and editing tricks and tips. This year’s presenters are David Fleetham, Marty Snyderman, Frank Schneider and Ray Bullion, and the dates are 23 August to 7 September.
The pros dive with the boat groups and follow up on workshop classes in and out of the water. From the camera housing to the laptop, lessons and workshops are given daily, with nightly media presentations at the open-air bar.
The photographers also compete for US $25,000 in prizes, including a luxury liveaboard grand prize with Dive Damai. Categories are DSLR and non-DSLR with wide-angle to macro photo submissions. Every participant is promised to go home with sponsor prizes.
Also offered at the resort at any time is a PADI/SSI Manta Ray Awareness speciality certification course, including a short classroom session and two dives, all of which costs $75.
Weekly B&B rates are unchanged during Manta Fest – $1419 including taxes and transfers.
www.mantafest.com

Capture Truk
The WW2 wrecks ranged at various depths in the clear Pacific waters of Truk Lagoon
provide a dream seascape for underwater photographers, and Gerald Rambert will make the most of the opportunity with his 10-night photography trip there from 2-12 September.
Rambert will provide presentations covering everything from composition and lighting to wide-angle and macro and the use of Photoshop, and will be on hand to give advice both in and out of the water. Trips focus on the needs of the individual, he says, and follow a relaxed pace to ensure that you have the time to improve and perfect the techniques.
The price of £3135pp includes 10 nights on Truk Siren (twin-share), all meals, snacks, soft drinks and beer, up to four dives a day, tuition and presentations, equipment rental and 32% nitrox fills – and if DIVER readers book by 31 July, they can save 10% on the price.
wwww.sirenfleet.com