Last weekend we conducted one of our ever popular Underwater Photography Specialty Training Courses. We were very fortunate to have this course run by Nigel Marsh – one of Australia’s foremost underwater photographers and photojournalists. Nigel produces books, writes for magazines, conducts photography trips, as well as presents underwater photography training.

The Course Included :

  • Online Training Module
  • Saturday theory session
  • Practical Sunday double dive day trip on board Brisbane Scuba’s “Voyager”
  • NAUI Certification – Underwater Photography Specialty Course.

We had 7 budding underwater photographers attend … with a wide variety of skills, experience and equipment… ranging from relatively new beginner photographers – with no camera gear (yet) …. to more experienced photographers with some fairly impressive camera equipment. One thing though that’ s important (and is stressed throughout the training) – being comfortable and competent with your dive skills (especially buoyancy) is a very useful pre-requisite for underwater photography.

The Saturday Session was conducted in a training room at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly. As well as covering the theoretical side to underwater photography…gave students a chance to pick Nigel’s brain for Tips, Tricks and Locations for getting the best underwater photos… and get to play and practice with a variety of different camera equipment.

Sundays Dive Trip was originally planned for Manta Bommie, but although the surface conditions were fantastic… visibility was poor… so we relocated for a double dive at Turtle Cove – Flat Rock. Visibility was pretty good on the first dive (12-15m), but deteriorated a little for the 2nd dive… and despite sharing the location with a horde of other divers from Manta Lodge, we all had great dives and took some fantastic photos.

I still can’t figure out though how both my dive buddies managed to get some great shots of a BIG Turtle… that I didn’t even see….

Here are a few photos taken by the group on the day (photos by Nigel & Brendon):

… and here is a video showing the highlights of our Underwater Photography Course – created by our very own Dive Instructor / Cinematographer “Burk” :

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Guest post by Andy Henderson – Andy runs Virtualize Innovative Marketing and specialises in Underwater Virtual Tours.

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