Underwater Photo Weekend Workshop

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 12-15, 2012

West Palm Beach, Florida

Join us for an information packed weekend of diving and learning about underwater still photography. This class is perfect for beginner to intermediate underwater photographers and is designed to take your imaging skills to the next level. All different camera systems are welcome, from point&shoot compacts to mid-range interchangeable lens cameras to SLRs. Don't have a system yet? No problem, rental camera rigs for entire weekend will be available at nominal charge. Nauticam demo equipment is also available for select dives. 

Florida's Gold Coast has fantastic wreck and big animal diving, with plentiful turtles, groupers, sharks, and lots of fish! Drift diving allows photographers to cover lots of reef with little effort, and duck out of the current behind reef structure to grab a shot.

Rough Head Blenny and Damsel EggsTurtle

The reefs of Palm Beach County are bathed in current from the gulf stream, leading to remarkable diversity and abundance of life. While the water is a bit cooler in January, there are typically more big fish and sharks around than in warmer months. 

Schedule

Date Time  
Thursday, January 12 6 PM Classroom Session
Friday, January 13 10 AM Blue Heron Bridge Beach Dive
  2 PM 2-Tank Boat Dive
Saturday, January 14 9 AM Classroom Session

1:30 PM 2-Tank Boat Dive
Sunday, January 15 9 AM Classroom Session
  1:30 PM 2-Tank Boat Dive

Diving:
The workshop will include a total of three two tank boat dives, and one shore dive. Boat dives will be done from Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures Deep Obsession. Deep O is a roomy vessel with plenty of room for the truckloads of camera gear we'll have on board. 

Deep Obsession Dive Boat

Water temperatures will be in the low to mid 70s in January, so 5mm suits and hoods are recommended. Rental gear is available locally, but should be reserved in advance. Every diver needs to carry a signal marker buoy (safety sausage), and one that can be deployed from a 15' safety stop is recommended.

The Classroom Sessions:
In the classroom portion of the workshop we'll focus on the basics of getting underwater shots that you are happy to have hanging on your wall. We'll break down the camera settings that matter, with lots of setup tips for macro, fish portrait, and wide angle photography. 

Once you've figured out how to get stuff in focus and properly exposed, we'll work on composition and the elments of a great shot. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom will be a big part of the workshop, as it is an indespensible tool for organizing and editing photos. Other programs work well enough, but our staff speaks Lightroom fluently.

Chain MorayFrench Angel

Lodging:
Lodging and meals are not inlcuded. The following hotels are recommended by Scuba Adventures: 

Hilton Singer Island
561-848-3888
3700 North Ocean Drive
Singer Island, Florida 33404
Discount Code 27477737 

Crowne Plaza
561-842-6171
3200 North Ocean Drive
Singer Island, Florida

Marriott Ocean Point
561-882-3000
71 Ocean Avenue
Palm Beach Shores, Florida33404

For the more budget conscious:

Super 8 Motel
1-800-800-8000
412 Blue Heron Blvd.
W. Riviera Beach, Florida

Super 8 Motel
1-800-800-8000
757 U.S. Highway
North Palm Beach, Florida 33408

Days Inn
561-848-1188
2300 45'th Street
I 95 & 45'th Street

Octopus 

Getting Here:
The dive boat is around 20 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), and around one hour from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL). 
If you are flying in from out of town, a rental car will be necessary for transportation between the classroom, dive boat, and hotel.

Workshop Fee $495

Contact us here to sign up!