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Those Underwater Photo Courses

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There's no better way to increase your underwater photo skills than to enroll in a good photo course. Many dive tour operators attract people onto dive trips led by well-known underwater photographers, but they may not always be clear on what the traveler can expect. On many trips, some experts do indeed teach those that join the trip, while on other trips they merely offer advice. And some well-known underwater photographers merely use the trip to subsidize their own photography, paying little heed to their fellow divers, and paying nothing to be on the trip. However, no matter what trip you take with an expert, you will be paying a premium.

Peter Scoones, the Blue Planet filmmaker, now deceased, often didn't even want anyone else from his liveaboard in the water when he was working, but it didn't seem to stop people from wanting the kudos of being on the same boat as him.

In his twilight years of diving, Stan Waterman did nothing more than offer amusing anecdotes during the evening, but it was always good value watching young divers, who were unfamiliar with his history, attempting to give the elderly diver advice between dives. He always met it with good humor and a cheery "Good for you."

Some experts really do run excellent courses by visiting the same dive site repeatedly, which allows their students to return and apply what they learned from previous shots of the same subject. Some leave client divers to their own devices in the water, but between dives pay major attention to post-production with computer software like Lightroom and Photoshop, to show people how to get the most out of their images....


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