Mentor, coach, facilitator, educator. Whichever words are used to describe him, there is no doubt that Martin Edge is the most experienced and gifted instructor of underwater photography there is. His latest book ‘The Underwater Photographer – Digital and Traditional Techniques’ was published in April 06 and has taken the underwater photographic world by storm.
Numerous reviews claim the book to be the best published on this particular topic to date. Martin told Tony Backhurst: -“Whilst I am stimulated by numerous aspects of picture taking, my passion is to help others improve and develop their own abilities with a camera. I get so much satisfaction in seeing people which I have worked with become accomplished award winning uw photographers”.
“Over the years, Sylvia and I have developed our uw photo workshops to ensure that our clients are provided with the best possible conditions to improve their photography. Our recipe is a photo friendly dive resort or live-aboard with the option to both shore and boat dive. Visit those photo/dive sites in which to develop both the wide angle and close up aspects of their work. Create opportunities to repeat dive sites again and again. Familiarity with certain dive sites is key in which to develop techniques.
Some photographers prefer to be left alone underwater in order to ‘do their own thing’ whilst others like to dive with Sylvia or I and pick up our ‘tricks of the trade’ by observing and having a go themselves. We have found that regimented talks and presentations are not the best way to discuss photo techniques whilst clients are enjoying their dive/photo trip. Times vary, its very flexible. Whilst we make every effort to project images in the evening, if the night diving is popular and productive we may choose different times of the day to discuss tips and techniques. In essence, whilst we provide as much photo time as possible, it’s an individual’s choice whether to dive or ‘catch some rays’. Being around like-minded individuals who are keen and eager to improve their photography has a huge advantage compared to taking a dive trip with the general diving public. Travel with us and you can enter the water when the sun is in the right place for wide angles. You can shoot a school of fish before lunch and repeat and improve on the same school after lunch. One huge advantage is that you can photo/dive at your own pace.
Those who are interested in this trip but who have yet to attend a one day UK photo-course with Martin may find it beneficial to do so.