Ni Sa Bula and welcome to another week of fabulous diving aboard the S/Y Fiji Siren. This week we had a very mixed group of divers from all over the world, some close and some far. We had a couple from the extended Siren Fleet family (Chris & Helen) joining us on their 4th Siren cruise and a few others doing their second journeys and even a couple joining for their first ever Siren trip. We had English, French, German, Dutch, Polish, Danish and American.
Gerald Rambert in Indonesia
S/Y Indo Siren – Raja Ampat, 26th April – 6th May 2017
After the success of his previous Underwater Photography Workshops, Gerald Rambert will be joining us again for a 10 night workshop in Raja Ampat.
Underwater photographers will delight in the range of photographic subjects – with both wide-angle and macro lenses used. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced photographer you can benefit from Gerald’s instruction- or simply join a like-minded group.
You can view his photo gallery on his personal website www.geraldrambert.com
Gerald Rambert in Indonesia
S/Y Indo Siren – Raja Ampat, 26h April – 6th May 2017
Gerald will accompany guests on board to be on hand to give advice on macro, wide angle, compact and SLR photography. Recognising that each person’s camera is a different make and model the first two days of the trip are spent assisting each guest with camera set up, fine tuning the setting s and finding the best compromise for achieving optimum results.
In between dives Gerald sits with guests to review photos and discuss techniques for improvements on an individual or group basis depending on the group and camera types involved.
Gerald will accompany each individual underwater to develop technique and also show how they approach a subject and would set the camera. This allows for development at an individual pace and for him to tailor learning to individual needs. He learned by doing and watching others and feels this is the best approach to running the workshop.
Alex Mustard is also offering an underwater photography workshop in the Galapagos Islands on board the Galapagos Master in July 2016. Visit Master Liveaboards website for further information.
During the afternoon, typically after the third day dive, a presentation will be given on the following subjects:
– Terms and Photo Language
- Shutter, Shutter lag & Shutter Speeds
- White balance
- Jpg & RAW
- Exposure compensation
- Different modes
- Depth of field
– The Light
- Ambient & Flash Light
- What do you want to achieve?
- Aperture, ISO and Shutter speed affects on light
- Equilibrium between the settings
– The Use of Flashes
- Different flash types TTL and Manual housing
- How to connect
- Angle of flash & how to use
- Flashes & Aperture
- Shutter speed and ambient light
– Framing and Composition
- Choice of subject macro and wide
- Framing in our mind – rule of 1/3s, v-shapes, diagonal & orientation
- The approach
- Getting closer
- Taking your time
– Wide Angle Photography
- Slide show with explanations of shots and settings
- White balance and filters
– Macro Photography
- Slide show with explanations of shots and settings
- Depth of field
- Selective colours
- Cleaning a shot
- Brightness and Contrast
Siren Fleet Underwater Photography Workshops 2015
Liveaboard Diving Safaris with a Difference
The Siren Fleet has always been a keen supporter of underwater photographers with each yacht designed and updated to accommodate the growing needs of underwater photographer. Each has dedicated preparation areas, plenty of charge points, storage drawers, large rinse tanks, and a central computer to edit your days work as well as a large plasma screen to view and share your photos with your fellow guests.
Joe Tepper Wide-Angle Underwater Photography Workshop in Fiji
11th – 21st June 2015 10% OFF!!!
Whether you want to learn the basics of wide angle or master an advanced technique, this workshop is just for you!
Joseph will deliver a number of seminars on different types of underwater photography techniques such as how to create motion in your images or give some post production tips and tricks in Photoshop. He will also spend some time with each of you to help you to improve your particular underwater photography skills.
The colorful Fijian reefs and it’s large number of schooling pelagics will provide you with many opportunities to practice what have been learned during the classes and seminars, as well as improving your skills on every single dive.
Joseph Tepper is the Editor for DivePhotoGuide.com and Scuba Diver-Through the Lens, two leading underwater photography publications. Joseph got started in underwater photography at the young age of 10, and since then has had his images and stories appear in numerous publications like Scuba Diving, Sport Diver, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and NationalGeographic.com.
Joseph’s awards include Young Underwater Photographer of the Year sponsored by Rolex (2012), Cayman Free Press top photographer (2011), and an honorable mention at the World Festival of Underwater Photography (2013). He is also one of the Presidents of the New York Underwater Photography Society. The only thing he loves more than taking images underwater is helping others improve their photography.
Learn more about Joseph and his portfolio on his website, www.JosephTepper.com
What are you waiting for! Contact us and book your trip today! Few spaces left!
Franco Banfi in Fiji21st June to 1st July 2016
Franco Banfi is a professional wildlife photographer and photo-journalist, well known for his expertise and accuracy in underwater imaging. Recently he has begun to diversify and is now leading photo expeditions and giving workshops and seminars about photography in different locations, in order to share his skills.
For many years he has been known in the industry for his versatility. He has meticulously documented many uncommon animals and locations as well as wildlife and human relationship with nature in environments from the Equator to the poles. His reports have been published in countless publications and renowned magazines around the world (including GEO, National Geographic, Animan, Focus, Red Bull magazine and Terre Sauvage).
Franco is an award-winning photographer (World Champion in underwater photography in Cuba) and he regularly receives top honours from the more prestigious international photo-competitions such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), Nature’s Best, International Conservation Photography Awards (ICP Awards), and the International Photography Awards (IPA).
Franco is an Explorer of Ambassadors programme of Canon Europe and is a member of IEPA.org (International Environment Photographers Association) and Wild Wonders of Europe.
You can learn more about Franco and his work at www.banfi.ch
Douglas Hoffman in Fiji
Fiji Siren – Beyond the Bligh, 2 – 12 October 2016
Douglas will return to Siren Fleet and accompany guests on board for a 10-night trip to Fiji, being on hand to give advice on the differing techniques that will be used throughout any dive trip. His presentations are delivered in such a way as to be appropriate for macro, wide-angle, compact and SLR photography. As an artist, Douglas believes much of the success with photography is related to envisaging the image prior to the dive to ensure you achieve the style of photo you were looking for and will spend time with guests to achieve these results. He will also accompany divers, giving assistance with composition and framing underwater.
After dives Douglas will sit with guests to review their photos, giving suggestions for improvement. This can be done individually or by making use of the plasma screen in the S/Y Fiji Siren’s lounge.
Each evening a round-table discussion is held for guests to focus on the issues that they may be experiencing during the dives. Guests are encouraged to voice their comments whether positive or negative to enable others to learn from the general knowledge and experience of the group.
Ingvar Eliasson in Raja Ampat, Indonesia2nd – 12th February 2015 Fully Booked!!
During his whole life, he has been interested in marine biology. It’s in the 70’s, when he started to be interested in diving and photography. He has worked in many aspects of photography, such as art, experimental and studio photography as well as wildlife photography and finally, since 12 years ago, underwater photography. Since then, many of his pictures have been published in many magazines and have won several international photo competitions. During his many underwater photography workshops, his aim has been to assist the participating photographers and teach them how to improve their skills.
Anders Salesjo in Fiji18th – 28th November 2015
Having received his first Aqaurium and the young age of six! Anders’ love of marine biology grew into a career. After studying at the Gothenburg University he focussed on dive instruction and taught courses about Sweden’s marine fauna at Tjärnös marine biology labratory. Curiosity and a desire to spread knowledge about marine life led Anders into the realm of underwater photography, becoming both Swedish and Nordic photo champion as well as representing Sweden at the World Championships.
Further information about Anders can be found on his website along with a wide secletion of his photographic work
Stephen Frink & Waterhouse Tours in Fiji12th to 22nd September 2015
Stephen Frink is among the world’s most frequently published UW photographers, and is a Canon EXPLORER OF LIGHT, the only marine specialist within this very elite group of photographers. He is also the publisher of a beautiful new quarterly magazine for the Divers Alert Network, ALERT DIVER. Previously, his editorial work appeared in SCUBA DIVING as Director of Photography, and as a contributing photographer for SKIN DIVER magazine for 17-years. Frink has authored a coffee table book entitled WONDERS OF THE REEF, and teaches Masters level courses of Stephen Frink School of Underwater Digital Imaging in his home waters of Key Largo, Florida. Clients for assignment photography over the past 3 decades have included Canon, Nikon, Victoria’s Secret, Aqualung, Scubapro, Seaquest, Henderson Aquatics; as well as scores of resorts and live-aboard dive boats throughout the world. Rolex Watch Company has also engaged Frink for both endorsement and product photography. Stephen Frink Photographic is the North American distributor for SEACAM underwater photo equipment.
To learn more about Stephen and view his photo collection please visit www.stephenfrinkphoto.com
Werner Thiele Escorted Underwater Photography
Beyond the Bligh, 1st -11th October, aboard S/Y Fiji Siren
Werner Thiele, born in Tyrol Austria, started diving when he was 18 years old and became youngest professional diving instructor in Austria. At 22 years old he started taking pictures under water as proof of his tremendous adventures for his friends and relations After winning more than 200 international photo competitions he became CMAS world champion in wideangle underwater photography in 2005. In 2009 he was international judge in Korea for the CMAS underwater photography world championship and today he is member of the CMAS visual commision.A Liveaboard safari hosted by Werner is also available in 2016 to the Philippines.