The cost of the course will depend on location, whether it is a 1:1 or group course, how many practical sessions are included and whether you want to cover the whole syllabus, or just a handful of units - simply give us a ring to discuss further. Nick is an INON Instructor, as well as an SSI Master Instructor, and so if you would like formal certification for your underwater photography, this can also be arranged. Nick's book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques is the course manual and can be purchased from us on the day.
The Camera -
This module covers controlling the light which discusses aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and ISO. We also cover metering for light, exposure compensation, zoom facility and focusing options - an explanation of autofocus and autofocus area modes. It includes a short workshop where you can see how all the variables interact with each other in practice. Module 1 also includes a talk-through camera setup and care of your system.
Natural Lighting &
The Underwater Environment
this covers light and colour loss, how to cope with challenging conditions, total light path, white balance and shooting techniques
Artificial Lighting -
Flash or video lighting techniques, backscatter issues, guide numbers, exposure control, positioning of your lights, mounting system and techniques
What makes a great underwater photo? Things to consider before pressing your shutter: Rule of thirds, baseline, bokeh, Snell's window, macro, wide angle (both close-up and landscape), lenses, divers as models, abstracts, curves and diagonals, negative space, background, eye contact, cropping and safety.
Exposure revisited - An in depth look at how to get the correct exposure. Sensor sensitivity (ISO), aperture size, shutter speed, exposure value, how artificial lighting affects your settings, RAW files, histograms and shooting to the right.
Animal Behaviour -
When taking photographs one of your greatest assets is understanding your subject. This course covers peak actions shots, muck diving, camouflage, bright colours, schooling fish, territoriality, breeding time and symbiosis.
Wreck Photography -
Wreck photography is such a large subject this module can only scratch the surface on getting the best wreck images. You will cover composition, techniques, size and perspective, small wrecks, large wrecks & features and marine life.
Shooting in low visibility -
Taking images in low visibility is something that all underwater photographers encounter at some time. This module helps you to understand what causes poor visibility and some techniques to try and get the best from bad conditions. We will cover backscatter, density gradients, lens selection, settings and techniques.
When you are looking for specific creatures to photograph it is great to know exactly where to find them. Tropical locations, man-made structures, non-tropical diving, open oceans are all covered in this module.
Image Manipulation -
This module covers the basic in how to edit your images once you are back from diving, what are the most common adjustments you need and how to improve your image.
A chance to put all the techniques you have covered in the course units into practice on an aritificial reef in the pool. You will also be put through your paces with buoyancy skills whilst taking photos underwater
Optional Open Water Session:
If you want to take your practical tuition one step further we can organise an open water session in a local quarry or sea dive to ensure that you have grasped all the techniques in the course and can put them into practice