It’s almost time for an underwater stills photography course that I am running together with expert assistance from professional photographer Louis Pieterse. We’ll be hosted by the awesome Garden Route Scuba, a PADI dive centre with the best views, in the quaint and quiet town of Mossel Bay. I’m always excited to train people at my home reefs, the diverse macro-laden reefs of Mossel Bay. There are many treasures to be found here.
Here’s some info to help you decide if this course is for you. We try to run this mainly over a weekend, but you would need to take just the Friday off work. We will do a total of three dives.
Pre Course Meet&Greet:
On Thursday evening we will meet at the centre and go through the three days ahead and what to bring and prepare for each day.
We like to fit in a short lecture during this evening, but much depends on what time people will arrive in Mossel Bay. If you are booking a flight please try to land in George by 2 pm giving you time to get through to your accommodation, and to relax for an hour before heading down to the dive centre.
Day one- Friday:
We meet for a coffee and delve into your underwater camera/housing and its buttons and settings; we take a look at possible upgrades and why you could, and even if you should? After that, we move into the basics of shooting in all the modes your camera will allow, including the ultimate full manual mode. We talk about maintenance and preparation of your equipment and by then you’ve had enough of listening. After a lunch break, we will spend the afternoon in the pool practising and you can ask all your questions. We’ll prepare the cameras for the next day. Later, there’s an introduction to Adobe Lightroom, the post-processing program of choice. You’ll receive an overview of the interface and we will delve in deeper over the weekend.