About Photo FINish Malapascua
The Philippines is well known for the fantastic photo opportunities that you can find underwater, but one of the hottest - and best value - areas to visit is Malapascua Island. Here photographers find a massive and diverse range of subjects, from big to small, and with pro Mario Vitalini to hand throughout the trip, this is an unmissable opportunity to take your underwater photography to a whole new level! Don't delay - book your space and sprinkle some photo magic on your shots and discover the Philippines at its most photogenic.
Who is this for
This is the ideal trip for anyone that is either new to underwater photography or looking to improve their confidence and skills without needing a huge camera set up. Hone exposure control and ambient lighting techniques. A wide angle, macro lens or strobe can be useful, but are not essential. The idea is to learn to take better photos with the camera you have... not what you think you should have!
Mario will be giving daily lectures, with an emphasis on how to manage your camera, creatively compose and start to think about how to effectively light your images. Help and tuition will be given to get you started with post production and photo editing software. On most evenings there will be group review sessions to give feedback on your photos and to get ideas and inspiration from what others are producing.
The itinerary is a varied one, with wide angle thresher sharks and resplendent reef dives to magical macro and dusk mandarin mating dives. There's something for everyone! The workshop has been timed carefully for the optimum weather conditions. There are a total of 20 dives over the workshop.
Monad shoal is one of the few places in the world where you can guarantee thresher sharks. The depth makes the photography challenging, but these usually shy sharks come in close enough for everyone to have a go.
Gato Island offers beautiful reefs with a very interesting cave, chances to encounter white tip reef and bamboo sharks. Nudibranchs, shrimp and ghost pipefish are common in this area. With some luck you will have the opportunity to photograph sea snakes. These pose no risk to divers, but are intriguing creatures to watch underwater and a charming subject for photograph
There are so many reefs to chose around Exotic resort! The house reef is a must do and the perfect place to start. Amongst the scattered coral and patches of sea grass, a wide variety of fish and macro life can be found. Artificial structures are everywhere, including coral encrusted jeepneys, large concrete and wire structures and a few old boats, creating a unique habitat for soft coral and sea life to flourish. This exclusive one of a kind dive site suits all levels of divers and is a photographer's dream.
Dakit dakit is an opulent reef dive, where stunning soft corals slope away. It is packed with some of our favourite macro critters. Along side Bugtong Bato, these sites have been included for the smaller stuff. Nudis, pipe fish, frog fish and sea horses. This is a macro mecca!
Lapiz Lapiz and Bantigue bay have been selected for their wide angle opportunities. Here the lavish reef is filled with schooling fish aplenty. Calangaman Island is a stunning wall, draped with black coral. Here you can work on both ambient lighting or give your strobes a work out. Always keep your eyes peeled for pelagics in this area. Flamboyant cuttlefish and moray eels are ever popular subjects, close to the reefs themselves.