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I've been a diver since 1997 and teaching since 1998.
Since the early advent of digital cameras I've been taking photos both under and above the water.
What can be learned from landscape photography can be put to use in underwater photography and vice-versa (and every other type of photography for that matter!) so there's no point waiting until your next dive trip before dusting off your camera!
I really enjoy helping other people to acheive their photographic goals and my first-principles course is designed to help those who are just starting out, taking you through the basic principles of photography.
I offer one-to-one and two-to-one courses in underwater photography, landscape photography (including filters and long-exposure), astro photography and post-processing techniques using Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop software.
Covers shutter speeds, apertures and ISO settings as well as a discussion about how to create a correctly exposed image. This course lasts between 2 and 3 hours and is run in a classroom environment. Depending on time we can also cover file formats (RAW, JPG, etc) and White Balancing
After First Principles, it's time to put knowledge into practice. We'll meet you for an outdoor photoshoot in the South-Downs area and you can practice using the light and the scenery to create some beautiful photos. We will provide guidance, encouragement, inspiration and tips on composition too as well as reminders of the basic principles. This is normally a morning course (and may call for an early start!). Our intention is to make use of the early morning light but also give you the chance to look at your images on the computer the same day.
We'll show you the basic principles of post-processing in order to get the most from your images. We'll help you understand WHY post processing is necessary and HOW it can be done simply and quickly. Although we will use Adobe's "Lightroom" to show you the techniques, the principles are very easily transferred. This course will take 2-3 hours and we'd hope to work with some of the images that you have taken.
If you have a waterproof housing for your camera, we can introduce you to the principles of taking photos underwater. We'll use a local, heated swimming pool and using a series of photo-worthy objects we'll explain the nuances of underwater photography. We'll review First Principles and talk about getting the exposure of your image correct. We'll also cover some basic rules of underwater photography, coping with low visibility water, avoiding "everything looks blue" situations. Photographing animals . The course is 3 hours long with up to 2 hours in the pool. You'll get more from this course if you're a scuba diver but it's not a requirement.