Private Photo Workshops

How can You Improve your Underwater Photography?

With a Photo Workshop

What’s more effective than a group workshop?

A Private Underwater Photo Workshop

addressing Exactly what you want to Learn.

Private photo instruction is the best way to learn quickly, since the entire curriculum is based entirely on YOU. I design each course to cover the topics you’re most interested in, using a modular curriculum developed over many months leading workshops with hundreds of guests.

I’ve been leading photo workshops, presenting on underwater photography and publishing photo tutorials from a wide range of professional photographers since 2013, and guarantee you’ll be happy with the results from our session.

Underwater Photo Workshops

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Remote Video Chat

Full Day Private In-Water Workshop

Workshop Topics & Modular Curriculum

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Want to Learn at Your Own Pace?

My VIP Video Tutorial series contains HOURS of tutorial episodes, including detailed guest image critiques, Lightroom editing, and in-depth tutorial videos.

This is the largest collection of underwater photo tutorials on the internet!

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Remote Video Chat Workshops

Don’t live in California? No worries, we can schedule a video chat workshop with a formal curriculum or as a casual Q&A.

Leaving for a dive trip soon? Private photo lessons are a great way to brush up on skills before packing your bags so that you don’t ‘waste’ the first two days getting back to where you left off on the last trip. We can cover any topic(s) you like during this video chat.

I generally use Skype for these workshops, but am active on the majority of video chat services.

Please email for pricing.

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Private In-Water + Classroom Workshop

These immersive one-on-one workshops are conducted while boat diving or shore diving in California. Must be an advanced diver comfortable with temperate water. I can arrange rental gear.

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Private Workshop Format A

Channel Islands Boat Dive Day

Dive the famous Channel Islands, combining photo instruction with 3 or 4 dives. It’s a long day but a very fun day – California diving style!

Typical Schedule

Prior to Workshop:  We discuss your goals for the workshop and anything specific you would like to learn. We will also review a couple images with aspects you would like to improve.

Night Before:  Review workshop materials for one hour on the boat or nearby restaurant (most divers, including us, sleep on the boat).

Early Morning, as the boat motors out:   Look at some inspiring shots for the day’s dives. Great food, maybe see dolphins and whales.

The Dives: Brent will help point out fun subjects, scenes, and compositions, offering in-water help with exposure, composition and strobe or light positioning. We’ll even do some dive modeling (unless your sole focus is macro). I put your shots first (which is somehow a rare thing on many workshops), and may not even bring my camera into the water.

The Surface Intervals:  Review of images, constructive feedback, tips, suggestions, great food.

Late Afternoon, as the boat motors home: Time to relax and review photos on the camera LCD screen. Maybe a quick jacuzzi after the final dive. Most boats serve a tasty desert!

Follow Up:  Skype hour or email feedback on select images from the dive day plus editing suggestions.

Please email me for pricing.

What’s included

  • Professional one-on-one photo instruction.
  • Accommodation the night before diving (select boats only, sleeping on the boat bunks… you guessed it: California style).
  • Scuba tank and weight belt or soft weight bags.

Not included

  • Your boat ticket, gratuity and travel expenses.
  • Brent’s boat ticket (*covered by you).
  • Your camera and dive gear. Rentals can be arranged.

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Private Workshop Format B

California Shore Diving

This is a more affordable option than the full boat diving day. Maximum of 3x dives in a day, with the instruction elements above worked in before, during, and after our beach dives.

Available in San Diego, Laguna, Malibu, and Monterey. Subject to cancellation between 7 and 3 days before workshop due to ocean condition forecasts.

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Workshop Topics & Modular Curriculum

Have you seen my VIP Video Tutorial series? Most of the topics below are covered in depth through hours of video episodes.

Camera Settings

General macro and wide-angle settings, settings for specific underwater photo techniques, subjects and shooting conditions.

Underwater Photography Skills

Macro basics, wide-angle basics, mastering exposure, strobe positioning, focusing, shooting with video lights, underwater video, basic and advanced composition, split-shots and over-unders, close focus wide-angle, sunbursts, supermacro, and much more.

Post-Processing & Workflow

Adobe Lightroom workflow, basic and advanced editing, image reviews, best practices. I study this stuff, seriously.

Image Reviews

Looking for a professional critique on your images? Check out my VIP Video Tutorial Series. We can also set up an image review that discusses your selected images AND the settings/techniques that would improve them.

Landscape Photography

A great trip portfolio will have some nice land shots to complement the underwater photos. We can work on long exposures, using filters, basic and advanced composition, sunsets, seascapes, starscapes, timelapses and more.

Email me for pricing and any questions.