Red Sea Photography Workshop

Red Sea Photography Workshop
Red Sea - Egypt
From £1295 inc. flights*
  • Escorted by Alex Mustard
  • Photo workshop
  • Repeating dive sites
  • No rushing around dive sites!
  • Varied range of subject matter
On Alex’ workshops, the sole aim of the diving is photography. We will be going to the sites that are most productive for images and will be repeating sites, sometimes several times, to give you the opportunity to work on shots, change lenses, wait for the light to be in the correct place etc. Much of the diving will be very shallow and the timing of the dives during the day will usually be quite deliberate to get the optimum conditions for certain shots.

Alex will always decide on the itinerary of the trip with the dive guides and the Captain based on weather conditions and which sites are really producing. But typically these weeks start with the wrecks of Abu Nuhas (two of Giannis D, Carnatic and Chrisoula K, usually dived twice), then an overnight at the Gubal barge (for a shallow marine life shoot, not for the wreck). Then hop across to the Thistlegorm for two to three days dives. Then head down to Ras Mohammed, where if the conditions are good we will spend the second half of the week diving repeatedly on this large site. You can shoot every lens you own here and be overrun with subjects.

The overall aim of Alex’s workshops is simply to help you all get the best possible underwater images in the Red Sea, to make the most out of the week’s photographic opportunities. We’ll achieve this by doing photography focused dives (right style, right time of day, repeating sites etc), by Alex giving you the photo advice and information you need before the dives and by Alex leading group review sessions where you can get advice, inspiration and feedback from the rest of the group. Alex will always be available to offer advice and ideas on a 1:1 level and he has build a strong reputation as one of the most dedicated and hard working trip leaders around. Alex will also cover some post processing tips (using Lightroom) during these review sessions, but the main focus of this workshop is getting the shots right in camera.

As is well known, Alex’s workshops do not have a competition element, which he feels greatly encourages an open, sharing environment on board for the exchange of ideas and information. Alex is proud that on his workshops you will not just learn from him, but that everyone in the group will bring interesting and valuable ideas and opinions that will benefit all our photography.

Quick Facts

  • Average Water Temp: 23 - 26 C
  • Average Air Temp: 23 - 35 C
  • Average Visability: 15 - 25m
  • Good for: Dedicated photo itinerary brings home real results
  • Suitable for beginners: Yes
Alex Says...
  • It is a full-on week, but I know it is your holiday too. So please feel free to skip a dive, a talk, a review session etc. Nothing is compulsory! I believe that you have to work for excellent underwater photos, but we do have a lot of laughs along the way.

This is a typical example of the Red Sea Photography Workshop itinerary. The schedule is subject to change according to prevailing weather conditions and is only given as a example of what you would usually encounter during your holiday.

Whirlwind departs from El Mina in Sharm el Sheikh.

Trip Duration
All of Alex' Red Sea Photography Workshops run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

There are normally 4 dives a day (3 day dives + 1 night dive) apart from on your first and last day. There are around 21 dives on an average week but this can vary depending on local weather conditions.

Once you have been picked up from the airport you will be taken to the port to board your liveaboard. If you are making your own way to the harbour we ask that you not board before 18:00. There will be a full welcome briefing on arrival and you can set your kit up. If you have prepaid any rental equipment this will be given to you on arrival. There is then your first dinner and you can settle in for the evening. The boat will not leave harbour on this first night.

After the boat permissions are sorted, the boat will depart the next morning and the check dive will be made.

A normal itinerary will dive at the following areas but the exact dive sites and order will vary week by week depending on what people enjoy, where the best sightings have been and reflect diver experience levels.

Flexible itineraries
One of the big advantages of joining a dedicated photo itinerary is the flexibility! In conjunction with the guides and crew, Alex will usually opt to focus on an area for multiple dives. Depending on how the shots are going and how much divers are enjoying a site, you will have the chance to repeat dive sites - shoot the same subject in different light or go back in and try again those shots that were not quite picture perfect. You might not cover as many dive sites in a week but the chance to repeat sites means you can really hone shots you are proud of.

As individual trips can vary on their focus, not all of the areas outlined may be dived in a single trip. Alex will leave the exact itinerary open to decide locally at the time.

Ras Mohammed
Ras Mohammed has some excellent sites for photographers. Yolanda has drama on the drop off with large schools of snapper, barracuda and bat fish (June - August) but dive round the back and you can find morays, napoleons and camouflage fish in the shallows. Anemone City looks like a carpet of splendid anemones with one of the largest table corals you will ever see. And Alternatives is another popular site with photographers, who love the contrast of the pinnacles, sandy bottom and gentle drift. You never quite know what marine life await here!

Perhaps the most photographed site in Tiran is Jackson. There is a red anemone, lovely large sea fans and then of course the magnificent coral garden. Puffers, macro and turtles are all commonly seen here but it is one of the most spectacular sites. We also love Gordon, ideally for the afternoon dive, where you can get arty with the tar barrels and large school of banner fish on the drop off.

Gubal is out of the reach of daily dive boats and a wonderful spot for photography. The Barge wreck might be broken up and not much of a wreck dive but it is smothered in massive nudibranchs, a school of cardinal fish and home to the most enormous morays. Watch out for vast scorpion fish and stone fish. Drift down the outside wall at Bluff Point and you can see dolphins as well as some really unusual macro spots... a ghost pipefish has even been seen here so get looking closely!

The wrecks
Wreck photography is an art in its own right! With the particular traits of wide angle lenses and lighting challenges, you can practise your wreck photography on some of the most iconic wrecks such as the Thistlegorm or Giannis D. The Kingston and Carnatic are especially photogenic. And the Dunraven is a great challenge for working with light.

At the end of your liveaboard you will have breakfast on board the boat and then be transferred to a hotel until your final airport transfer. Your day use package will include a buffet lunch and access to the hotel facilities. If you would like a room for day use, please enquire at reception about availability and cost.

If you would like to add an extension, combine this with another product or tweak the itinerary give us a call so we can discuss your dream diving holiday.




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This promises to be a very productive workshop week with the potential for really exciting subject matter on my Red Sea Photography Workshop itinerary.

Alex Mustard

If you would like to add an extension, combine this with another product or tweak the itinerary give us a call so we can discuss your dream diving holiday.

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