Classes

Are you interested in learning underwater photography?  Are you an experienced photographer but want to brush up on your techniques or learn more advanced underwater photo concepts? Take a look at our 2018 class schedule and see if something fits well for you. We offer both group classes, and can also schedule individual classes just for you and your needs!

Class Schedule | Class Descriptions | Teacher Bios | Testimonials

 

2019 Photo & Video Class Schedule

 

Tuesday January 22nd, 6PM - Wide Angle Photography - $99

Learn what Matt considers the essentials of wide angle underwater photography, from close focus wide angle to big animal. Camera settings, lens choice, strobe positioning, as well as creative lighting possibilities. Matt will explain specific techniques with the help of example images that will be shown and discussed on in class.

Led by Matt Sullivan - Max 6 Students

Thursday February 21st, 6PM - Macro Photography - $99

You will learn about the tools-of-the-trade, camera settings, strobe settings, strobe positioning, creative lighting techniques, macro compositions, light modifiers and more. Additionally, Erik will show a series of images with a breakdown of how the image was made to give you an understanding of the specific technical settings and the approach he used to create these images. 

Led by Erik Lukas - Max 6 Students

Saturday February 23rd, 6PM - Introduction to Underwater Videography - $140

You will learn a wide variety of topics over a 3 hour course. Covering topics like preperation and story planning, tips on sunlight and time of day, best ways to use underwater video lights, understanding white balance, B-roll for your story, music selection, and so much more. 

Led by Todd Kortte - Max 6 Students

Tuesday March 19th, 6PM - Introduction to Underwater Photography - $99

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.

Led by Mark Strickland - Max 6 Students

Thursday April 25th, 6PM - Wide Angle Photography - $99

Learn what Matt considers the essentials of wide angle underwater photography, from close focus wide angle to big animal. Camera settings, lens choice, strobe positioning, as well as creative lighting possibilities. Matt will explain specific techniques with the help of example images that will be shown and discussed on in class.

Led by Scott Gietler - Max 6 Students

Tuesday May 21st, 6PM - Macro Photography - $99

You will learn about the tools-of-the-trade, camera settings, strobe settings, strobe positioning, creative lighting techniques, macro compositions, light modifiers and more. Additionally, Erik will show a series of images with a breakdown of how the image was made to give you an understanding of the specific technical settings and the approach he used to create these images. 

Led by Erik Lukas - Max 6 Students

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These scheduled classes not fitting your interests or schedule? Please email sales@bluewaterphotostore.com or call the shop at 310-633-5052 for other potential classes or private sessions.

$99 per person for group classes
$99 per hour for private classes

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 - Introduction to Underwater Photography 

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 ReefCheck.org,  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.

 

Erik Lukas

Erik Lukas is an active diver and photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a volunteer scuba diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. You can expect to find Erik diving many of the amazing Pacific Ocean sites of Southern California, camera in hand, at any chance he can get.

"I am passionate about underwater photography in general and have a special love for macro subjects. For me the things that are hardest to spot hold the most interest. Documenting the commensal and symbiotic relationships is for me the most interesting…the smaller and more bizarre the better. I also have a passion for sharing my knowledge with others. My goal with all of my workshops is to ensure each guest leaves with a group of images that they are proud to share."

 

 

Todd Kortte

Todd Kortte brings a unique set of knowledge to the underwater world of video editing.  He has creative experience working with Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Studios as a theme park ride designer.   He is also an actor in Hollywood with experience working on over 150 different sets.   The combined knowledge of learning how Hollywood shoots Commercials/TV/Film, along with the creative imagination of Disney and Universal Studios helped Todd with his achievements in edited video.  Todd has won 8 Film Festival Awards, is a top 5 video finalist representing USA in the 2018 World Shootout in Germany, has published films, is a 4-time edited video winner of the Bluewater Shootout, and has achieved over 5 million minutes of online stream time with his work.

“I love seeing how passionate scuba divers are about what they see underwater.  I want to help these divers capture video, and teach them how to tell the story through edited video.  I wish there was someone to teach me these tools of shooting underwater video when I first got started in 2014.  I had to learn by trial and error.  There is a growing trend of the underwater world moving to videos.  Whether you want to create videos for your social media, or want to take it to the professional level, I will pass on what I have learned by providing basic to advanced knowledge of how to create and edit underwater video.”

 

Testimonials

Thank you for a cool and very informative class on Tuesday! Major light bulb moment on lighting issues and more. This class has inspired me to shoot more!  I will definitely be signing up for more classes. - Lisa W