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UW Photography Classes

SeaIt.com specializes in diver training with underwater cameras from beginner to advanced. Our philosophy on underwater photography classes is simple; they must 1) get the information to the student clearly and quickly 2) allow time for feed back from the student and 3) be flexible in scheduling. To that end we have designed several 4-hr long, half-day private or semi-private sessions to choose from that can be completed over any 4-hour block of time that the student has free. Mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends or weekdays. All are available to you!

Students start by selecting the type of class they want. Choose from either Compact camera, D-SLR or Workflow classes. Then, select more specific class subjects such as: Basic, Macro, Wide Angle or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Either classroom sessions or underwater “ocean days” are available to the student. Once a class is requested by email or phone a date and time are arranged and then the Instructor will ask a few background questions to get a better feel for the students ability level. Each class is then customized for you around a set of either basic or advanced underwater photographic principles and concepts. Classes are given in an informal lecture style and each student receives an outline to minimize note taking during class. Visuals are used to illustrate key information and to keep things flowing during class.

This approach has proven itself over the years with literally hundreds of students as the fastest and the most effective method of underwater photography training. It’s you, your equipment and whatever you want to focus on plus, plus, plus!

About the Instructor

All classes are created and taught by 30 year dive industry veteran and underwater photographer Andrew Sallmon. “Andys” images have appeared in hundreds of periodicals, dive publications, magazines, books, aquariums and natural history museums and advertisements throughout the world. He has been in the dive industry for 30 years as an Instructor, dive guide, retail operations manager, dive boat operations manager and Sea and Sea and Light & Motion manufacturers representative for the Southern California area. In 1999 he started his own underwater photography company, Seait.com/Andrew Sallmon Marine Photography. He remains the sole proprietor and licenses images, sells equipment to retailers, teaches underwater photography and leads underwater photography expeditions. His favorite past time is travelling and photographing marine wildlife around the world and leading adventure photo expeditions to help others do the same. He lives to have sharks, whales and dolphins in his lens!

D-SLR Camera Underwater Photo Classes

D-SLR Basic Underwater Photo Class                     $295

Getting started in underwater photography

This interactive, 4-hour (1/2 day) class is for those that have just purchased an underwater D-SLR camera system and are new to underwater D-SLR photography. Topics covered include effects of the underwater environment, diving skills and safety for the underwater photographer, D-SLR equipment selection, setup, use and care and maintenance, D-SLR camera and lens functions, underwater strobe exposure and basic shooting techniques, downloading, viewing and filing your images.

D-SLR Macro Underwater Photo Class                     $295

Discovering the oceans secret world

This hands-on 4-hour (1/2 day) class is for those that want to learn the tips and secrets that pro photographers use to create stunning macro images. Topics covered include, how to adjust your shooting techniques for the effects of the underwater environment, diving skill modifications and safety concerns, macro equipment selection, setup, care and maintenance, macro shooting theory, D-SLR camera and macro lens settings for best results, focus control for macro, strobe exposure and photographic composition skills for macro. This class wraps up with a step-by-step guide of macro shooting techniques that will ensure your success.

D-SLR Wide Angle Underwater Photo Class              $295

Learning the secrets of the pro’s

This hands-on 4-hour (1/2 day) class is for those that want to unlock the secrets of great wide angle shooting. Topics covered include effects of water on light, diving skill modifications and safety concerns, wide angle equipment selection, setup, care and maintenance, wide-angle shooting theory, focus control, strobe and available light blending and exposure control, Wide angle creative composition. This class wraps up with a step-by-step guide of wide angle shooting techniques that will ensure your success.

D-SLR Super Wide Underwater Photo Class              $295

Pushing the limits of creativity

This hands-on 4-hour class is for those that want to learn the techniques of  using full-frame fisheye lenses. Discover the tips and tricks used to shoot everything from extremely close wide-angle subjects to huge shipwrecks, reef and kelp forest scenics. Topics covered include, effects of water on light, super wide angle shooting theory, focus control, strobe and available light exposure control, avoiding the pitfalls of the super wide lens and super wide composition. Wrap up the class with a step-by-step guide of super wide shooting techniques that will ensure your success.

Photoshop/Lightroom workflow                            $295

Learning a fast and effective workflow solution

Learn the most effective methods to quickly and easily correct your underwater images. This hands-on 4-hour (1/2 day) class will get you acquainted with the techniques used to download manage and file your images, make tonal (exposure) corrections, color and white balance corrections, remove backscatter and sharpen your images.

*Uses Adobe Photoshop CS5 or Lightroom3.

D-SLR Ocean Diving UW Photo Class              $295 or $395

Putting it all together with a day in the ocean

Take your Instructor with you for either a half-day 2-tank dive ($295) or all-day 3-tank dive ($395) on a dive boat to one of Southern California’s premier dive sites. Covers either macro or wide-angle photography techniques and UW strobe use.

*Boat charter fee is additional.