Fluorescent Photography Course

Spend 3-afternoon sessions in the classroom and 3-night dives learning how underwater fluorescence occurs and the techniques needed to capture truly original fluorescent images. During this 3-day course you will experience the amazing world of fluo-diving (also known as UV diving).

Topics you will cover include:
• Fluo-diving equipment orientation
• Safety consideration for fluo-diving
• Fluo-photography equipment orientation
• Environmentally friendly fluo-photography
• Camera limitations for fluo-photography
• Correct fluo camera settings
• High ISO & controlling digital noise
• Focus modes for fluo-photography
• Strobe position and settings
• Fluo-photography subject selection
• Composition & fluorescent backgrounds
• Post processing techniques for fluo-images
• Fluo-diving equipment orientation
• Safety consideration for fluo-diving
• Fluo-photography equipment
• Environmentally friendly fluo-diving
• Camera limitations for fluo
• Correct fluo camera settings
• High ISO & controlling digital noise
• Focus modes for fluo-photography
• Strobe position and settings
• Fluo-photography subject selection
• Composition & fluo backgrounds
• Post processing techniques for fluo
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Fluorescent-Photography-Course-Fluo-Reef

Why Choose the Fluorescent Photography Course?

Are you bored of standard night dives and want to see something different? Do you like your photos to stand out from everybody else's? Do you want to capture photos of the reef in a totally different light? Then this underwater photography course with a difference is for you. The 3-dive Fluorescent Photography Course will show you the secret world of underwater fluorescence and teach you how to capture psychedelic images that are truly unique.

On the first dive you will provided with an in-depth briefing on how fluorescence works, the science behind this natural phenomenon and how the dive will be conducted, including essential safety procedures. You will then complete the first amazing fluo-dive without a camera, so you get the full fluo-dive experience without distractions, letting you absorb the wonders of the fluorescent underwater world. You can also plan subjects for the following two photo-dives of the course that will concentrate on capturing fluorescent organisms on camera. You will be provided with a camera system set-up specifically for fluo-photography, which includes the premium fluorescent dive light, the Light & Motion Sola Nightsea, Nightsea Strobe Excitation Filter and both Lens & Mask Barrier Filters, and will be shown the techniques needed to capture stunning fluo-images.
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Fluorescent-Photography-Course-Fluo-Scorpionfish
At the end of this workshop you will be proficient in: setting up your camera system to shoot underwater fluorescence; understanding the limitations of compact camera systems to shoot fluorescence; shooting fluo-images in an environmentally friendly manner; adjusting camera settings for correct exposure; using a strobe to light fluorescent subjects; composition for fluo-photos; and correctly editing your fluorescent images.
For further information on fluorescence, visit the Resources Page on the Nightsea website. For some examples of what you may get to photograph, please see the Fluorescence Photo Gallery.

Alex is one of the worlds leading underwater fluo-photographers, having been shooting in this unique style since 2010. He has written numerous articles for dive magazines, had his fluo-images widely published in both the dive press and mainstream media and given fluo-photography technique presentations at the Dive Show 2015 in Birmingham, UK and DRT Dive Show Manila, Philippines.
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Schedule:

Day 1:
Fluorescent theory session and equipment familiarisation
Fluo-Dive brief & Dive-1

Day 2:
Fluorescent photography theory session
Fluo-Photo dive brief & Dive-2

Day 3:
Photo review & editing session
Fluo-Photo dive brief & Dive-3
Schedule:

Day 1:
Fluorescent theory session and equipment familiarisation
Fluo-Dive brief & Dive-1

Day 2:
Fluorescent photography theory session
Fluo-Photo dive brief & Dive-2

Day 3:
Photo review & editing session
Fluo-Photo dive brief & Dive-3
The classroom sessions run from 2:45pm to 5.15pm, we then have a 30-minute break before boarding the boat at 5.45pm. The boat is usually back at the pier no later than 8.30pm.
Please Note: that night dives are scheduled to go out on alternate nights of the week, normally Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. This means that the Course will not be conducted on consecutive nights. During low season (November to mid December) the night diving schedule is normally amended to Monday & Thursdays only. This schedule is weather permitting. Please allow adequate time to complete the 3-dives conducted during the course.

Please check the
Course Calendar for available dates & scheduled courses
Check the Course Calendar for available dates & scheduled courses

Check the Course Calendar for available dates & scheduled courses

15,000 THB (3-dives included)

Price includes use of the following camera equipment:
• Canon S100 digital camera with full manual controls
• Fisheye FIX S100 aluminium housing
• Inon Z240 strobes with fibre-optic cables
• Ultralight trays & handles, arms, clamps, buoyancy arms, Stix floats
• Sola Nightsea Fluo-Light with phosphor filter
• Nightsea Strobe Excitation Fluo Filters
• Mask & Camera Barrier Filters

And the use of the following facilities:
• Private air-condition edit suite
• Dedicated camera-prep area with individual spot lights
• Charging Station with surge protection
• Silicon grease, towels, tools, & air blowers
• Protective transport boxes for camera
• MacBook Pro with Lightroom CC for image review & post processing
• USB3 memory card reader
• Internet access for research & photo uploads
• Marine life ID & magazine library

Plus on the dives:
• Koh Tao's most spacious & comfortable dive boat
• 60-90 minute dive times (air supply & NDL's permitting)
• Separate rinse tanks for cameras & dive gear
• Secure area for camera storage pre & post dive
• Dry area for safe lens & battery changes
• Free tea, coffee, Ovaltine & drinking water
• First-Aid room with Oxygen on-board

15,000 THB
(3-dives included)


Price includes:
• Canon S100 digital camera
• Fisheye FIX S100 housing
• Inon Z240 strobes
• Fibre-optic cables
• ULCS trays, arms & clamps
• Stix & ULCS buoyancy arms
• Sola Nightsea Fluo-Light
• Nightsea Excitation Filters
• Mask & Camera Barrier Filters

Facilities:
• Private air-condition edit suite
• Dedicated camera-prep area
• Charging Station
• Silicon grease, towels, tools
• Protective camera transport boxes
• MacBook Pro for image review
• Lightroom CC for image editing
• USB3 memory card reader
• Internet access for research
Marine life ID & magazine library

Dive Boat:
• Koh Tao's most spacious dive boat
• No maximum dive-time limits
• Rinse tanks for camera & dive gear
• Secure area for camera storage
• Dry area for lens/battery changes
• Free tea, coffee, Ovaltine & water
• Breakfast on morning dives
• First-Aid room with Oxygen
• Nitrox available (extra charge)

Additional Costs (if needed):
• Full Scuba Equipment hire 300 THB per day
• Suunto Dive Computers hire
100 THB per day
Additional Costs (if needed):
Scuba Equipment 300 THB per day
Dive Computer 100 THB per day
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NIGHTSEA-Link
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Dive4Photos-MacBook-Pro
It is advisable that students have their own laptop computer to perform workflow management and post-processing. This will enable image review and practice of editing techniques outside of the normal training hours. However, Dive4Photos offers free use of a MacBook Pro if required.
Dive4Photos-MacBook-Pro
It is advisable that students have their own laptop computer to perform workflow management and post-processing. This will enable image review and practice of editing techniques outside of the normal training hours. However, Dive4Photos offers free use of a MacBook Pro if required.
Dive4Photos-MacBook-Pro
It is advisable that students have their own laptop computer to perform workflow management and post-processing. This will enable image review and practice of editing techniques outside of the normal training hours. However, Dive4Photos offers free use of a MacBook Pro if required.
Adobe Lightroom Trial Download
If you do not already own a license for the industry standard professional level editing software package Adobe Lightroom CC, you can utilise Adobe’s free 30-day trial option at the start of the course. After the 30-day trial period has expired you will have the option to purchase the software for continued use.
Adobe Lightroom Trial Download
If you do not already own a license for the industry standard professional level editing software package Adobe Lightroom CC, you can utilise Adobe’s free 30-day trial option at the start of the course. After the 30-day trial period has expired you will have the option to purchase the software for continued use.
Adobe Lightroom Trial Download
If you do not already own a license for the industry standard professional level editing software package Adobe Lightroom CC, you can utilise Adobe’s free 30-day trial option at the start of the course. After the 30-day trial period has expired you will have the option to purchase the software for continued use.


Dive4Photos, 9/16 Moo 2, Koh Tao, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)908 718734
Email:
info@dive4photos.com