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June 2024: Wreck Photography Masterclass with Tobias Friedrich

Meet Tobias Friedrich, one of the most accomplished and decorated underwater photographers out there, and our guest speaker for June.

Tobias will show us 8 different ways to photograph a wreck, and share the behind-the-scenes information on how he crafted his iconic wreck images, including the photo which saw him crowed Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) 2018. He will also discuss lighting and lens choices, and how to post-process wreck images, including a sneak peak of his Lightroom presets. Finally, Tobias will provide critical advice on how to win competitions with wreck photographs, from the perspective of a seasoned contest judge.

This is an online event, register now as spaces are limited, to allow for an interactive meeting.

About our guest speaker

During his childhood Tobias Friedrich just loved to watch the adventures of the Calypso featuring Jacques-Yves Cousteau as its captain. The beauty of the world that is below the ocean’s surface mesmerized Tobias. It still overwhelmes him every time he has the chance to dive. He loves the elegance and calmness of the world under water contrasting to the hectic atmosphere above. 

Tobias is based in Wiesbaden Germany. Conveniently close to the Frankfurt Airport, a major hub for Germany. This facilitates his international travels for assignments around the globe. He first started taking pictures with a DSLR underwater in 2007. Since then his images have been published in prestigious scuba diving magazines and newspapers around the world.

Tobias’ work has been internationally acclaimed in various competitions, resulting in over 50 awards with 30 1st places. He has been awarded “Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018” in the prestigious UPY London competition. In addition he is “German Photographer of the Year 2019” in the Worldshootout. Tobias feels at home in all waters; ranging from subzero to 30° Celsius, as long as there are captivating images to shoot, he is game.

Another great passion of his is leading international expeditions and workshops where he invites everybody to join and share his love for the underwater world. To see more of Tobias’ images follow him on Instagram and visit his website. You can also purchase his Lightroom presets (on his website) to fast-track your editing process.

When is the Event?

There will be a single session on:

  • June 12th,  06am Miami time (EDT)
  • June 12th, 11am London time (GMT)
  • June 12th, 12pm Paris time (CEST)
  • June 12th, 6pm Singapore time (SGT)
  • June 12th, 8pm Sydney time (AEST)

The webinar will last for approximately 2 hours, including ample Q&A time. Feel free to send your questions in advance!

How to attend this Event?

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Can I watch the recording?

Yes! Buying a ticket gets you 3 days of recording access (till June 15th). 

If you’re a Club Member, you can watch the recording till 1 year after the Event.

August 2024: Blackwater Photography with Anthony Berberian (date to be announced soon)

Meet Anthony Berberian, our guest speaker for August and a pioneer of blackwater photography in French polynesia. Together with his dive partner Fabien Michenet, they started exploring the deep waters off Tahiti in 2011, at a time where Blackwater dive tourism was virtually inexistent. In 2017, Anthony won the Under Water category of the prestigious NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, and in 2023 he co-authored a coffee-table on blackwater photography, with Fabien Michenet.

Join us for an fascinating dive into Anthony’s images, where he will share stories about his most memorable encounters, and tips to produce beautiful blackwater images. 

About our guest speaker

Anthony Berberian is a biologist physician, emergency physician, sports medicine doctor, he graduated in disaster medicine, diving medicine, and hyperbaric medicine. Aside from his medical career, Anthony is also a professional diver, and has taken part in scientific biodiversity survey missions, as a trimix rebreather diver. This included ‘la planète revisitée’ (planet revisited) in Papua New Guinea, and other missions in the Austral Islands, the Marquesas Islands, and New Caledonia. He also participated as a photographer and guide to a National Geographic expedition & documentary on sharks from French Polynesia.

His passion for photography and the underwater world has taken him around the world, leading to the discovery of many new living species not yet described by science, in collaboration with scientists worldwide. In 2021, he discovered, described, and named several species of jellyfish with Fabien Michenet and Jacqueline Goy from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. Anthony has contributed to multiple books on marine biodiversity, and two marine species have been named after him (a shell and a nudibranch), in recognition for his work on biodiversity.

An accomplished photographer, Anthony’s most prestigious awards include winning the Underwater category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, as well as Best of Show at the Our World Underwater 2015 competition, and awards in Ocean Art. His photos have been published in numerous international magazines (“Ça m’intéresse” and GEO magazine in France, GEO in Germany and Spain, Discovery Magazine and DIVE in the United States, BBC Wildlife in the United Kingdom, to name a few).

In 2023, he co-authored a coffee-table book with his long-term dive partner Fabien Michenet. “Peuples des Abysses – La grande migration verticale” (People of the Abysses – The Great Vertical Migration). The book celebrates the marine life encountered during blackwater dive off Tahiti, featuring stunning images of rare species and captivating stories about them.

To see more of Anthony’s stunning images, visit his website and follow him on Instagram.

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Past events

May 2024: Whales Photography with Vanessa Mignon

Have you ever dreamt of swimming with whales? In May 2024, Vanessa Mignon, gave a 2h20 minutes info-packed talk where she explained where and how to photograph humpback whales, dwarf minke whales, southern wright wales and sperm whales.

Vanessa is one of the worlds’s most experienced and multi-awarded whale photographers. She has been swimming with whales for the last 15 years and has led numerous small-group trips, to encounter and photograph the gentle giants with her.

Vanessa’s masterclass was an absolute goldmine of information. 

A talented story-teller and conservationist, she shared some of her most vivid whale encounters and need-to-know facts about the four whale species which she says are most accessible to photograph. From a conservation and image-making point of views, she provided useful tips on how to plan your very own whale trip, and photographic guidance.

To see more of Vanessa’s fantastic images, browse her long list of awards or get in touch to arrange your own whale trip, follow her on Instagram and visit her website.

 

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Apr 2024: Cave Underwater Photography & Remote Lighting Masterclass

We may not all be brave enough to venture inside a flooded cave, but we can learn from the photographic skills which are involved in creating stunning cave diving imagery. On April 30th, that is exactly what we did, with to our guest-speaker Sebastien Delautier, one of the few underwater photographers capable of crafting such images. 

While working in some of the most inhospitable environments on earth, Sebastien’s images not only excel at story telling, while being some of the most artistic cave images out there. 

During a packed 2 hours talk, Sebastien covered the differences with open-water photography, the meticulous planning and team effort that goes into crafting cave images. He explained his equipment choices in terms of lights, cameras and lenses, covered post-processing, and explained how he and his team setup their lighting, commenting images that involved anywhere from 2 to 10 lights! As a conclusion, Sebastien unveiled his latest work: 360 degrees cave diving panoramas.

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Mar 2024: Club Meeting – Photos Critiques Session

In March, we got together for two Member-only Photo Critiques Sessions!

A constructive image critique goes a long way in helping the author of the photograph improve and find inspiration. It’s also a valuable exercise for the person formulating the critique. Indeed, articulating a constructive feedback requires un-packing visual emotions, and analysing they underlying “why”. 

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Feb 22nd: Competition Winners Review – with Alex Mustard

In February 2024, Dr Alex Mustard and Nicolas Remy co-hosted a discussion on the winning images from 3 of the most prominent underwater photography competitions: UPY, Ocean Art and DPG Masters. 

Alex shared valuable insights on the judging process, how it differs across competitions and advice on how this can inform the choices you make, as a competitor. This was followed by a review of the main categories, where the Alex and Nicolas commented on jury choices and their personal favourite images.

The talk was scheduled for 1h30 but ended-up lasting 2h20 (including Q&A with participants)!

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February 7th/8th: Rebreathers for Photography

It’s no secret that rebreathers have great advantages for underwater photography, with the promise of longer dives and easier marine approach to marine life.

On the other hand, they are costly and add complexity to one’s diving routine, which is why they are typically associated to deep trimix dives or caves explorations. 

Yet, pro-shooter Nicolas Remy has been using rebreathers for the past 12 years, exclusively for “shallow” diving: no more than 45 meters in depth (150ft), with most dives shallower than 20m (65ft) and he happily sets up his rebreather for dives as shallow as 3m (10 ft). 

Is a rebreather worth the extra trouble if you’re not a deep diver? How does it transform one’s diving routine? How easy is it to travel with a rebreather? How much of a difference does it make – really – in terms of photographic opportunities?

In this interactive webinar, Nicolas answered all these questions based on his personal experience of 1,300 hours diving rebreathers.

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December 12th: Club Meeting – Photos Critiques Session

Following popular demand by Club Members, our December meeting was another Photos Critiques Session!

A constructive image critique goes a long way in helping the author of the photograph improve and find inspiration. It’s also a valuable exercise for the person formulating the critique. Indeed, articulating a constructive feedback requires un-packing visual emotions, and analysing they underlying “why”. 

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November 22nd/23rd: Creative Motion Blurs Masterclass

Finding a good looking subject is a good start, but you also need a suitable background to make a great underwater photo.

Underwater, we often find the most intriguing subjects surrounded by an unflattering or distracting environments, which sees a growing number of photographers use a snoot, to hide the whole thing into a black background.

In this Masterclass, Nicolas Remy discussed a more creative photographic technique, where you make use of that distracting background, and turn it into an artistic, painting-like piece of art, all in-camera, no AI involved!

  • Overview of the ways to create motion blur in underwater photos.
  • Zoom on intentional camera movement technique: camera settings, equipment, lighting technique, post-processing, suitable conditions and subject choices.
  • Participants’ image review: send up to 3 images* by November 20th, for a live constructive critique.

What we covered:

  • Overview of the ways to create motion blur in underwater photos.
  • Deep Dive on the Creative Motion Blurs technique: equipment, strobe positioning & movement and suitable subjects, backgrounds, conditions.
  • Post-processing
  • Variations.
  • Participants’ image review: send up to 3 images* by November 20th, for a live constructive critique.

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October 11th: Club Meeting – Photos Critique Session

A constructive image critique goes a long way in helping the author of the photograph improve and find inspiration. It’s also a valuable exercise for the person formulating the critique. Indeed, articulating a constructive feedback requires un-packing visual emotions, and analysing they underlying “why”.  

Formulating useful, actionable feedback takes practice, and this is exactly what we did during our October Club meeting, and all had great fun!

To be continued on the Club Forums

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17 & 18th September: Selecting Photos For Competitions

a rebreather diver watching two male dusky groupers fight underwater

Are you thinking to enter photo competitions this year?

Now is an ideal time to prepare yourself, as several major Underwater Photography competitions are starting to accept entries, with deadlines ranging from October to early January. World Shootout, Ocean Art and Underwater Photographer of the Year, are just a few of these!

Yes, preparation is essential if you’re looking to have your work celebrated in photography contests, and joining or re-watching this webinar is a great way to increase your chances of winning a prize!

This Event was in two parts:

Part 1: the do’s and don’ts of entering competitions

  • What makes a good candidate?
  • Understanding the judging process
  • Playing the game
  • Analysis: wins, near-wins and desperate shots

Part 2: participant’s image reviews

Getting feedback on your photos is a great way to “un-biaise” your competition entries, and what we did during the second part of the Event, discussing photos submitted by participants.

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22nd August 2023: Diving in Jordan and taking part in a Wreck Shootout (Sydney, Australia)

a scuba diver swims inside a plane wreck
Nicolas Remy and Matt Waters travelled to Jordan in June, where they participated in a live underwater photography competition held over 3 days.
 
Nicolas was one of the 20 photographers invited to compete, and Matt joined him as his dive buddy and model, an essential role in any “shootout-type” competition, particularly when the theme is wreck photography, and you need a little perspective!

During this event, Nicolas and Matt gave an overview of Jordan Diving, discussed the key differences between in-person and online photo competitions, and exchanged the perspectives of a photographer and model/lighting assistant.

Who is Who:
  • Matt Waters is the host of the Scuba GOAT podcast, and founder of Nomadic Scuba, a travel agency focused on private bookings, tours, and pro-led expeditions.
  • Nicolas Remy is a pro underwater photographer and founder of The Underwater Club, an online underwater photography school.

 

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26th July 2023: crafting stunning underwater photos with the Olympus TG-6 (online)

a blue flabellina nudibranch on a black background

Photo credit: Salvatore Gambacurta.

During this event, Salvo shared the expertise he has grown with the TG6, and explained how he makes the most of this small but mighty camera, commenting some of his stunning photographs.

Meet our guest speaker for the July event: Salvatore “Salvo” Gambacurta is a talented Sydney-based underwater photographer who has crafted stunning imagery with an Olympus TG6 camera, receiving awards in major international competitions, such as Ocean Art 2021.

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29th June 2023: Low-Visibility Shooting & Editing Tips

Over the last 5 years, Nicolas Remy has done most of his photography in waters where visibility ranged from 2 to 6 meters, both with macro and wide-angle lenses, and some of the images he captured in those conditions were widely published and received international photo awards.

During this meeting, we went through:

  • Diving skills & equipment
  • Photographic equipment
  • Photographic technique
  • Subject choices
  • Editing in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop
  • Q&A and live photo critique

We finished with Q&A session and a live photo critique session.

Two White's seahorses engaged in courtship. The male (right) opens-up his pouch to show the female his ability to carry her eggs.

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25th May 2023: Fireside chat: Mirrorless vs DSLRs for Underwater Photography

Nicolas was joined by Club Members Bill and Yazid for a panel discussion on the Nikon Z9, and how it compares with the Nikon D850 and D500, for underwater imagery.

Bill Gladstone has been a long-time D850 shooter, but he sees the camera’s limitations, especially in murky conditions, and was keen to find-out how different the experience might be, with a mirrorless camera, with particular interest in the Z8.

Yazid Shaari has upgraded from a D850 to a Z9 over a year ago, and was able to share a long-term view on this camera’s performance underwater.

A man sits by the ocean next to its two underwater camera housings

Nicolas Remy had just completed 5 weeks of testing the Nikon Z9 underwater, including some side-by-side comparison with the Nikon D500, and shared his observations from the field. 

The three covered the 11 questions which were sent to Nicolas ahead of the session, and discussed some additional pros & cons, extracted from Nicolas’ review notes.

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27th April 2023: Masterclass – Snoot Underwater Photography

face of a frogfish appearing on a black background

The agenda was:

  • Introduction to underwater snooting
  • 6 use-cases for a snoot underwater
  • Snooting technique
  • Live photo critique 
  • Q&A

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