Underwater Photography Classes


Pool and indoor classes are taught by Scott Gietler, Mark Strickland, Vijay Raman, Rod Klein, Kelli Dickinson and Brent Durand. Indoor classes are generally 2.0 - 2.5 hours long and are held at our store location in Culver City, CA. Ocean, pool and in-the-field sessions will be available for an additional charge.

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Classroom Schedule 2015:


Sep 30th, 6PM - 9PM

Underwater Photography - In Depth Instruction - $99, taught by Mark Strickland / Scott Gietler



If you are interested in these, other classes or private sessions, please email or call the shop at 310-633-5052.


Classes offered:

Lightroom for photographers

Learn how to tag & organize your photos so you can find them when you need them, maintain libraries, ratings and backups, perform white-balance, color, and tonal changes, sharpening, noise reduction, global and local changes, create slideshows, resize and create watermarks. This is a thorough introduction to Lightroom for the underwater photographer.

Photoshop for photographers

Basics of photoshop for photographers, including removing distractions, backscatter. Color, tonal and contrast changes. Sharpening, noise reduction, cloning, dust removal. Blurring the background. 

Underwater Photography - In Depth Instruction, Classroom 

Equipment, settings, lighting, use of your strobe, composition, macro, wide-angle, black backgrounds, subject selection, and camera maintenance are all covered. Class is tailored to the needs of the students, and is also suitable for intermediate level photographers.

Underwater Photography Boat Session

Most students take the classroom and boat session as a unit, one right after another. The boat session is where you really get to learn composition, lighting and subject selection "hands on" underwater. The instructor does 3-4 dives with the group, giving feedback below and above water, reviewing images in-between dives and giving assignments.

Advanced Underwater Photography

Topics are tailored towards the students, and may include close-focus wide angle, supermacro, off-camera lighting, slow-shutter speed photography, panning, shooting action, sunbursts, backlighting, snooting, and artistic shots.

Topside Photography basics for dSLR shooters and advanced compact users

We'll cover how to shoot nature, wildlife, people, moving objects, and indoor photography. Aperture, ISO, shutter speed, lens selection, focal length, and camera technique will all be covered.

Nature and Wildlife Photography

We'll cover how to shoot landscapes, seascapes, flowers, birds, and mammals. Use of a tripod, polarizing filter, neutral-density filter, low-light shooting and long-lens technique are all covered. We also discuss some of the best spots in Southern California for this type of photography. More extensive field workshops are available.


About the Underwater Photo Instructors

Scott GIetler

Scott Gietler is the owner of Bluewater Photo, the Underwater Photography Guide, and Bluewater Travel, a new full service dive travel agency. He also founded the world-reknowned Ocean Art underwater photo competition. He is on the board of,  and has volunteered at the Santa Monica Aquarium. He is also the author of the Guide to the Underwater Flora and Fauna of Southern California.

Scott regularly shoots underwater with a wide-range of compact, mirrorless and dSLR housings. His photos have appeared in most major dive magazines.



Mark Strickland

Mark is one of the world's best known underwater photographers, and has an exquisite collection of fine art underwater photography that appears in many high-end coffee table books.

His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive locales, including Thailand, where he spent 17 years as Cruise Director on a series of liveaboards. An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species.

He is co-author and principle photographer for Lonely Planet's award-winning book, "Diving and Snorkeling Thailand", and his work appears in many magazines, books and displays around the world. Currently, Mark leads several dive trips each year to his favorite destinations, while working on a career-spanning large-format pictorial book. Mark's work also has appeared in many gallery exhibitions, and is frequently shown in major dive magazines.

Vijay Raman

Vijay has been taking underwater photos for over 20 years, starting with film and then shooting with both a compact camera and a Nikon dLSR. Vijay has led trips worldwide included Bali & Raja Ampat, and he is also a Bluewater Photo Pro trip leader, and will be leading our December 2015 Anilao trip.