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ANDY MURCH ELASMO GEEK

 

WHAT IS ELASMODIVER?

Not just a huge collection of Shark Pictures: Elasmodiver.com contains images of sharks, skates, rays, and a few chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web based shark field guide to help divers find the best places to encounter the different species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.

There are now more than 10,000 shark pictures  and sections on shark evolution, biology, and conservation. There is a large library of reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a monster list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are numerous articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is now so difficult to check for updates, that new information and pictures are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be accessed here:

WHAT'S NEW?

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Underwater Photography Course

 

A smart but simple workshop for photographers that want to improve their underwater shooting skills and learn how to prepare their images for commercial submission.

underwater digital photography course

underwater photography course

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

FUNDAMENTALS

 

The Digital SLR Fundamentals Workshop is for anyone wishing to improve their skills.

Hosted by Shark Diver Magazine Photographer Andy Murch 

Course outline:

The two day workshop begins with a series of presentations covering the basics. Topics are discussed informally and participants are encouraged to join in with questions and comments along the way. Subjects covered include:

         Equipment options (lenses, ports, housings, etc).

         Exposure.

         Composition.

         Specific dive skills and considerations for underwater photography.

         Techniques for improving macro photography including the use of extension tubes for super macro work.

         Techniques for improving wide angle photography and working with models.

These presentations involve extended Q & A sessions and often continue long into the evening. 

The second part of the workshop takes place in the water. Participants will have the chance to practice the skills that they have learned. Visibility permitting, the dives will concentrate on perfecting wide angle exposure and composing images with models.

Once back in the classroom, the learning continues with:

         Monitor Calibration choosing a suitable environment and the use of calibration tools.

         Adobe Bridge learning correct workflow to prepare images for Photoshop.

         Understanding Photoshop RAW.

         Manipulating images using CS2/3 or other versions of Photoshop.

         Preparing images for commercial submission.

The course covers a great deal of ground and takes place over two full days. It is a lot of fun and highly rewarding for everyone involved.

 

Prerequisites:

Participants should own (or have access to) a Digital SLR camera in a housing and at least one strobe. Good diving skills are an asset.

Participants may also want to bring a laptop computer (with Photoshop installed) to the post dive presentations.

 

After the Workshop:

Once you participate in the DSLR workshop you will be given access to all of the course material for review whenever you need it. Plus, you will become part of the mentorship program which means that if you have any follow up questions related to DSLR photography you can contact me indefinitely.

If this sounds like the course you've been looking for, give me a call to find out when the next one is going to be held. Or, if you can't get to one of the scheduled workshops, suggest to your local dive shop that they host one. I can usually schedule a workshop at your local shop if I have a minimum of 6 participants.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Andy Murch

 

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