Paul Duxfield (Duxy) | Take it easy - Photography
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TAKE IT easy | Intermediate or Improver Photography
Your TAKE IT easy - course on Intermediate or Improver Underwater Photography will comprise of 5 modules.

The TAKE IT easy© method
A simple way of learning photography by using short lessons, practical exercises and quick reviewing. With an emphasis on gradually learning by doing, having fun and demystifying the jargon"

Who is this course for?
Anyone who already has a grasp of the fundamentals of underwater photography and can easily colour correct and use exposure controls on their cameras. You will already have a basic understanding of lighting and using additional lenses.
You are maybe a compact user who wants to progress to something more sophisticated, and are perhaps interested in one of the new mirrorless systems changing the face of underwater photography.
Anyone who has been on one of my workshops previously and wants to take the next step.
If you are not sure if this course is for you then just mail or ring me, I have found that often people underestimate their abilities and that this course may be just the ticket.
You will already have a little experience using Adobe Lightroom 4 and can easily and quickly import edit and then export your pictures.

If you are interested in this or any of our courses then please give us plenty of warning if you need hire photo equipment. We have a limited availability of hire kit and so it can get booked quickly so check with us first as to its being available for your trip. The basic compact hire kit can be hired by anyone irrespective of course attendance. However the higher end models will need supervision initially and will be allocated to course attendees before anyone else.
We will give you a quick overview of any equipment hired and get you up and running with some simple settings to start you off.

Module 1

We will have a quick recap, of camera and housing care and backing up of pictures and suggest a simple digital workflow.
This course has much less rigid structure than the Basic course and there is an aspect of tailoring it more specifically to an individuals needs.

However during module 1 I find that our time is best spent, getting the fundamentals sorted. There is much less actual technical info on this course so if there are weak spots in your knowledge now is the time to address them. Never forget that there is no such thing as a stupid question.

Module 2

We will cover general photographic knowledge, the exposure triangle of Apertures, Shutter Speeds and ISO's and their relationship and practical use in underwater photography.

Again I don't necessarily expect you to come into this with any prior detailed knowledge of any of these things, so don't worry you will have a better understanding of it all afterwards.

I will also talk about properly approaching your subjects and some simple to learn dive skills to give you greater maneuverability in the water for photography.

After dinner we will have a short recap of using Adobe Lightroom 4 and I will quickly bring in a few of your pictures and demonstrate simply my own preferred workflow procedures.

Module 3

Today will be all about lighting and when to use it and when not.

We will look at single and multiple light set ups. Avoiding backscatter, controlling background exposure using shutter speeds. And different techniques for lighting macro and wide angle.

We will also touch upon using filters for available light photography to change the background blues in your shots.
After dinner we will look at advanced brush skills within Lightroom and using a single picture we will use multiple brushes and graduated filters to radically change its appearance. We will also introduce using Adobe Photoshop Elements within the Lightroom environment, to show how it can be used to remove unwanted elements within a shot, and to change picture ratios.

Module 4

This module we will look at using techniques like twirls,motion blur and shallow depth of field to increase your armoury of UW photography skills.
After dinner we will also look at how these things can be simulated within Lightroom and/or Photoshop Elements if your camera won’t allow you to do this at the time of the shot.

Module 5

Our last day will be all about putting these new skills into practice and by the end of the day you should be able to demonstrate with 5 edited pictures, a selection of these skills including motion blur, shallow depth of field and effective lighting either available or additional.
I will be on hand all day for help and advice and don’t worry its not a test or exam.
Some of you may be more advanced than others so we might experiment with some timelapse or remote flash use, circumstances depending.



What do you need for this course?


A basic knowledge of underwater photography and a willingness to go further with it.
A current underwater camera and housing with manual controls over shutter speed and aperture, a strobe or additional LED light although strobe is more practical.

A laptop with a current version (v4) of Adobe Lightroom and also a trial copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements loaded and working.
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If you are unsure about any of this and if you have the right equipment necessary, or maybe you want some purchasing advice then email or ring me and I will point you in the right direction. In my previous job I sold underwater photography equipment to hundreds of satisfied and returning customers so you can sure you will get the very best advice.

I will have for hire two higher end underwater photography set-ups, one of them will be a state of the art current mirrorless system with strobe and wideangle and macro lenses.
This is currently an Olympus OMD-EM5 in a Nauticam Housing and is available for hire for the whole outfit for £150 per day.
Our other hire kit will be another camera considered at the top of its category. A Sony RX100 in a Nauticam Housing with interchangeable wet and wide-angle lenses and a strobe.This will be charged at £100 per day.
The Sony is one of a breed of new super-compacts with larger sensors and sophisticated control options, in a small luggage friendly form factor.

The cost of the Improver/Advanced course is included with any of our specific photo workshop trips, and the itinerary will be chosen specifically by me to maximise your photo opportunities. It will be spread across days 1 to 5.

If you would like to take this course on one of our more regular Liveaboards then check my itinerary here and book on. If this course is taken this way then there will be a charge of £200 per person with a limit of four people. It will normally take 2 to 3 days to complete, itinerary allowing.

On any of these trips I like to keep the first day mostly free, as this is when people are getting their buoyancy and weights right, and they shouldn’t be over task loaded with photography issues.

 

I will have for hire two higher end underwater photography set-ups, one of them will be a state of the art current mirrorless system with strobe and wideangle and macro lenses.

This is currently an Olympus OMD-EM5 in a Nauticam Housing and is available for hire for the whole outfit for £150 per day.
Our other hire kit will be another camera considered at the top of its category. A Sony RX100 in a Nauticam Housing with interchangeable wet and wide-angle lenses and a strobe.This will be charged at £100 per day.
The Sony is one of a breed of new super-compacts with larger sensors and sophisticated control options, in a small luggage friendly form factor.

The cost of the Improver/Advanced course is included with any of our specific photo workshop trips, and the itinerary will be chosen specifically by me to maximise your photo opportunities. It will be spread across days 1 to 5.

If you would like to take this course on one of our more regular Liveaboards then check my itinerary here and book on. If this course is taken this way then there will be a charge of £200 per person with a limit of four people. It will normally take 2 to 3 days to complete, itinerary allowing.

On any of these trips I like to keep the first day mostly free, as this is when people are getting their buoyancy and weights right, and they shouldn’t be over task loaded with photography issues.

 

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