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Scuba travel has been running photography workshops with Alex Mustard since 2009. In that time hundreds of divers have travelled the globe, visiting the world’s top diving destinations with this master photographer. We work carefully to build each trip around the timing for the best possible encounters. Alex’ workshops are always popular, aimed at enthusiastic underwater photographers. They are not competitive - it’s as important to have fun as it is to improve your skills and learn new techniques.
Dr Alex Mustard
Dr Alexander Mustard trained and worked as a marine biologist, but since 2004 has worked full time as a professional underwater photographer and author. He took his first pictures underwater at the age of nine. They were not very good, but over the years they improved and he is widely regarded as one of the most creative underwater photographers, whose works is admired and respected around the world. You can see a portfolio of his work here. He Alex was born in 1975 and has been a certified diver for more than half his life.
His images are known for their distinctive style that makes them instantly recognisable, often with bright, strong colours and simple, yet memorable compositions. They have won many awards and have been widely published. Alex was an early adopter of digital and has pioneered many of the specialist techniques of digital underwater photography, such as the use of filters in available light photography leading to the invention of the Magic Filter, the fisheye-teleconver technique for wide angle macro photography, the use of strobe filters for adjusting water colour, and using telephoto lenses underwater. Moreover, Alex has not kept these techniques trade secrets, but has shared his ideas through numerous magazine articles and columns.
Alex runs the workshops in a friendly and non-competitive manner. This allows all photographers to give and receive constructive and open feedback in a safe environment. I enjoy getting out of my comfort zone because I know I will learn so much - Josef
Alex Says...This is one of the best places I have been to photograph classic coral reef scenery in with clear water and sunny conditions. There are loads of mighty schools, turtles galore and the place has a reputation for providing encounters with whale sharks and plenty of other big stuff. This is one a few locations in the Philippines where you can reliably dive with the big stuff and typically in 30m+ visibility, ocean water. Mantas, mobulas, reef sharks, eagle rays, tuna and dolphins all pitch up in this oasis of life in the middle of the Sulu Sea. Equally attractive are the thriving corals, especially hard coral and soft coral gardens and attractive sea fans. MORE
Socorro Vortex | Great Whites in Guadalupe
Alex Says...Quite simply they are the most famous fish in the sea, a subject that deserves to be in any portfolio. The aim of this special workshop is to give you the best chance of fantastic photos of great white sharks. The small number of guests on the luxurious, fast, and new Vortex liveaboard greatly enhances the experience and productivity of this trip, both above and below the surface. MORE
Oceania | Signature Itinerary
Alex Says...LAST SPACES DOUBLE CABIN ONLY. PNG has always had the most incredible reef diving, but the liveaboards working have not boasted the same standards of accommodation that divers enjoy elsewhere. MV Oceania totally changes that and this trip was planned back in 2018 when the boat was still being built, allowing us to reserve an October trip, right at the peak of the best diving season. The workshop will be based on MV Oceania, taking in their Signature Itinerary covering their three most popular diving areas of Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands and Fathers Reefs. The trip will start and finish directly at Walindi resort, the cruise preceded by a two night official pre-trip warm up MORE
Wrecks and Reefs
Wrecks and Reefs is the itinerary for any diver wanting to see the best of the Northern Red Sea - no matter what experience level you have see what has made Egypt's Red Sea such an unmissable destination in 1 week of adventure. With world class wreck... MORE
Giant Mantas of Socorro
The Revillagigedo islands are one of Mexico's most impressive treasures. This marine park is home to droves of pelagics, making it well deserving of the nickname Mexico's Little Galapagos. It's best known residents are the giant Pacific manta, who ... MORE
Do you want to escape from it all on your next scuba diving holiday? Then try Tubbataha on our stunning Philippines liveaboard. Tubbataha is a remote national park in the middle of the Sulu Sea with diving that is off the charts. This is a scuba d... MORE
Fancy diving a veritable wilderness for your next liveaboard holiday where corals grow in abundance? Papua New Guinea really is one of the last frontiers for diving holidays. The northern coast of New Britain island is no exception. Here you will ... MORE
Great Whites in Guadalupe
Great white sharks are one of nature's most impressive and most awe inspiring creations. And the chance to be in the water with great whites must rank on most adventurer's wish list. If you have are brave of heart, then make a bee line for the Grea... MORE
Red Sea Photography Workshop
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 f... MORE