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Martyn Guess is the latest photographer to join Scuba Travel’s pro line up. Having travelled extensively in pursuit of his own picture perfection, Martyn now shares his passion with intermediate photographers looking to progress from the basic techniques onto more challenging shots. As well as improving your photography underwater, Martyn’s workshops also focus on photo editing skills to help you produce perfect pictures to share and show off!
Martyn has been taking underwater photographs for nearly 20 years having first learnt some basic skills on a holiday in Grand Cayman. Whilst the images were pretty awful he was completely smitten with the UW Photography bug and with his love of diving set out to learn how to improve his fledgling knowledge. An introduction to Martin Edge at a BSOUP meeting was the precursor for a multitude of trips across the globe over the following years with the Edges together with his wife Sue. Whilst Martyn was honing his skills Sue was learning how to be an underwater model - something which she excels at although somewhat frustratingly for Martyn she is now an accomplished photographer in her own right ( she has won BSOUP and Photosub competitons) and getting her to model for him takes second place! The couple have travelled widely through Indonesia, taking in Bali, Komodo, Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Ambon, and Wakatobi many of these places on numerous occasions. They have also travelled through the Philippines , PNG, The Andaman Islands in India as well as The Caribbean and Florida and Dijbouti and the Balearics and every year for the last 20 years to the Red Sea.
Martyn and Sue have also travelled extensively with Alex Mustard benefitting from Alex's huge skill base with recent trips to Bimini in the Bahamas, Anilao and Dumaguete as well as Tubbataha reef in the Philippines and the annual Mustard Whirlwind trips to the Red Sea
Martyn has won a multitude of annual competitions at BSOUP over the years including 2 first places and a second place in the last 5 years in the annual and prestigious Excellence portfolio competition. He recently won a major prize in the Raja Ampat Governments annual photography competition - which attracted entrants from all over the World.
Martyn is a perfectionist when it comes to underwater photography techniques and he willingly passes on his knowledge to photographers still trying to distinguish between a snoot and an ISO!! He will be able to help participants improve their photography and learn new techniques and will provide a very hands on approach both in the water and back on dry land. Most days there will either be presentations on a specific topic or group image reviews. Group post processing sessions will be encouraged. Martyn maintains that he learnt how to use Photoshop and Lightroom by picking up tips from other photographers on trips whilst they helped each other with their images.
"From my experience of going on these type of trips over the years you get out what you put in but having said that the guests are on holiday so if they prefer to nod off during a talk or not turn up because they didn't wake up after the last dive! its not an issue for me." "The other point to make is that this is a trip for photographers so the resort and I will ensure that we are in our own designated boats and put on the right sites at the right time of day and that we repeat the dive as many times as we want to if necessary so that we get the very best opportunity to build a great portfolio of images."
I found Martyn's short, informal, well-considered and clearly-delivered presentations to be excellent refresher classes – just what I needed. I like that Martyn consolidated latest techniques with the all-important basics, all in bite sized modules. - Mark H May 17
Martyn Says...LAST SPACE MALE SHARE There is a multitude of weird and wonderful critters to photograph and nobody will be disappointed with the portfolio of images I will help them to build. Bankga is a place that I went to when I first started travelling around the world with my camera and the combination of macro and wide angle opportunities give this location a point of difference and a great combination with muck diving in Lembeh. There are coral reef wide angle opportunities for some great scenic shots as well as blue water for macro subjects. I cant wait to help people with their photography and have no doubt that participants will return with an improved skill set. MORE
Villa Markisa | Best of Bali with Martyn
Martyn Says...Join photo pro Martyn Guess on underwater photography workshop with fast access to the Liberty wreck and some of the region's best critter dives. As well as daily lectures, the workshop includes 10 nights in a basic double room on an full board basis (excluding drinks)-villa upgrade available-16 boat dives in the morning (Tulamben region and 3 Ahmed/Lipah) plus 5 afternoon shore dives. Free nitrox! Excluded are local marine park fees, additional dives, special trips, or any meals or drinks outside of your full board package. Please ask for a quote to add flights from the UK MORE
Red Sea Relaxed Photo FINish
Great photos cannot be rushed. Taking your time can make all the difference when it comes to great images. And that's the reason our pro photographers like to repeat dive sites. Photographers can go at their own pace on a photography itinerary that i... MORE
Best of Bali with Martyn
Photo workshop in Bali
Villa Markisa are one of Bali's premier photo dive centres and have hosted many photographers over the years - they really know how to support photographers in and out of the water. Martyn has stayed in the Tulumban a... MORE
Best of Manado with Martyn
Photo workshop in Lembeh and Bangka
Indonesia is regularly voted as one of the best dive destinations in the world, and for photographers, it is an undeniable treasure trove. Manado, North Sulawesi is beloved not only for the subject matter... MORE