Red Sea Photography Workshop - Red Sea

  • Water temp 23 - 26 C
  • Air Temp 23 - 35 C
  • Visibility 15 - 25m
  • Good for... Dedicated photo itinerary brings home real results
  • Suitable for beginners Yes
  • Highlights 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.

About 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 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. These are prodominately wide angle trips, but the Red Sea is teaming with macro life too and there are regular night dives.


The overall aim of Alex' 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' 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.

Whirlwind

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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.

All liveaboard itineraries are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions and changes in local Government approval. Whilst our boat operators make every effort, we cannot guarantee diving at specific sites. In adverse weather conditions, the guides and captain of the boat will have the final decision about which dive sites to visit to ensure that the safety of guests, staff and boats is not compromised in any way.

Arrival
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. Not all of the areas list below will be visited in a single trip and this is entirely at Alex' discretion.

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!

Tiran
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
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.

Disembarkation
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.