Virtual photo lessons allow us to conduct a private workshop through video chat. This is the best way to learn quickly, since the curriculum is based entirely on YOU.
I’ve worked with hundreds of divers on photo workshops around the world. Several are now winning prominent contests and even judging photo contests.
Email me through the form below.
We schedule a time and you send me your images.
We use video chat and discuss the topics in detail.
I’ll follow up with any supporting material after our lesson.
Schedule a Virtual Lesson
My Thoughts on Photo Instruction
About Virtual Photo Lessons
Virtual Lessons FAQ
How does it work?
Fill out the form above. We’ll exchange emails so that I know exactly what you’d like to learn, including any challenges you’re having. Send me sample photos prior to our lesson so that I can review those and prepare any necessary notes.
We’ll start a video chat at the scheduled time (Skype, Facetime, Zoom, Slack, etc.) and get to work. We’ll review images, discuss concepts like composition, lighting, and camera settings. I’ll share my screen for image reviews and Lightroom. We’ll have fun, trust me!
Can I schedule multiple lessons?
Absolutely! We can work through a detailed curriculum or even review images after your dives as you apply new concepts underwater.
Virtual Lesson Rates
Email Image Review or Troubleshooting of 6 Photos: $30 USD
30 Minute Virtual Lesson: $60 USD
60 Minute Virtual Lesson: $90 USD
Payment is made just prior to our lesson via popular digital payment services.
These are just ideas – we can discuss exactly what YOU want to learn.
Looking for a professional critique on your images? Let’s set up an image review that discusses the your images AND the settings/techniques that would improve them.
I generally focus on composition, lighting, camera settings and insights on marine life behavior for these detailed image reviews.
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.
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.
My Thoughts on Photo Instruction
I believe that great photos are created by those who truly understand the fundamentals of photography. My instruction focuses on learning and applying these concepts with any camera and any lighting.
I’m arguably the first underwater photographer with published stills from GoPros and mobile phone housings – evidence I take these concepts seriously.
Even more, I’m not affiliated with any retail shop, meaning I will not be telling you that buying more gear is the solution. The deeper your understanding, the more you can do with less.
Reviews & Testimonials
Below are a few snippets of customer reviews from my photo workshops. You can also check out the comments on my YouTube videos for more great unedited feedback.
Virtual Lesson & Photo Workshop Quotes
“Brent is a natural teacher and genuinely passionate about underwater photography. That combo, along with his years of experience, make him a fantastic photography coach! Working with Brent will help take your work to the next level.” – TH
“My husband and I got to know Brent and his passion for underwater photography through his YouTube video tutorials, so I decided to set up an hour tutorial session with him. He was a great help to me in setting up custom white balance for taking videos with my Panasonic Lumix LX10 camera.” – CH
Excerpt from a Nov 2019 photo workshop feature in Undercurrent scuba diving magazine: [instructor Brent Durand was] “amazing… both in his skills in teaching / critiquing, conveying information, and being open to any question, actually helping underwater, really everything about the workshop.” – LE
More Quotes & Testimonials
“Wow! After watching your 21 min video I improved my underwater Macro and general shots by 100% in just 2 dives.”
“Great video. I don’t know why but most videos on YouTube with regards to underwater photography are really outdated, poorly produced and generally bad. This is a breath of fresh air! I’ll be sending all the newbies on my scuba chat this way 👌🏾”
“Thanks Brent. This was just what I was looking for. Beautifully succinct and to the point yet full of interesting and useable information. Love your manner too; knowledgable and sure without be condescending in the slightest. Top work.”
“This is by fast THE BEST strobe positioning tutorial—and I’ve seen quite a few—for many reasons: lots of information, right to the point/succinct in every section it covers, and very clear audio, especially for people like me that English is not the native language. As a novice underwater photographer, I’m so happy I found your channel. Thank you very much indeed for all you’re teaching us!”
“Fantastic review mate! I’ve just upgraded my gear and this has been invaluable.“
“Well done. This old dog actually learned a few things.”
“This has by far been one of the most informative videos I’ve seen, with practical examples. Thank you Brent for thinking of those with one strobe 🙂 !”
Below is a video profile produced by Scuba Diving Magazine and presented by Citizen Watch.
You can also jump to my complete bio page.