About Martin Edge Wide Angle Masterclass
Goals of the trip
Wide angle lighting presents its own challenges and there's no doubt it's an art form of its very own. Many experienced underwater photographers struggle to balance lighting and achieve the results they want with their strobes.
Consistent wide angle lighting is an art form, and few underwater photographers have as many years' expertise as Martin Edge. Martin Edge has taught thousands of photographers how to light their images, through both his ever popular workshops, UK courses and printed book.
Who is this trip for?
This is an exclusive workshop with no more than 10 participants. Martin prides himself on the time and attention in water and out that his is able to give each individual throughout.
The workshop will be especially beneficial to anyone using a mirrorless or SLR set up with one or two strobes. A wide angle/fish eye lens system will be especially beneficial.
In the evenings there will be opportunities for group review sessions and Martin will be covering key aspects of underwater photography with presentations. Be inspired as you see the shots that the master himself has taken on the trip (and see if you can replicate them!). In a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere, Martin will also offer 1:1 sessions throughout the trip covering technical skills, composition and getting to grips with editing software such as Lightroom to help you refine your portfolio even further.
We have worked carefully with Nabucco resort to time this trip around the moon phases and local currents/tides so we can offer the best possible conditions for photography. Surface conditions are typically flat and calm and where possible, exposure to currents will be minimised.
The workshop will include 20 boat dives as standard, but you can add additional dives locally on top for a small local surcharge. There are some 25+ dive sites in the locale. Most sites around the Maratua-Atoll boast a large variety of colourful corals and can be reached in 5 to 20 minutes by fast speed boats. Dolphins love to ride the bow waves!
Big Fish Country is one of the best sites the region has to offer. The plan is to dive it several times so you will have repeated chances to hone your big fish photography skills! Grey reefs and white tips zip about, but it is the schooling barracuda that really excite here. On the neighbouring sites eagle rays, leopard sharks, tunas, jacks, bumphead parrot fish, turtles are all commonly seen.
Sangalaki and Kakaban are very special dives. Kakaban wall is relatively well sheltered from current, This long deep wall is packed with a variety of healthy hard and soft corals, plentiful reef fish, macro, white tip reef sharks and barracuda. As a special trip you can also add the jelly fish lake (included in your package). This must do stop is where you can snorkel with 4 species of stingless jellyfish.
Sangalaki has a shallow sandy bottom site and is famous for schools of manta ray. Manta ray, blue spot stingray, leopard shark, cuttle fish, dolphin, hawksbill turtles, Indian walkman and macro too!
Whilst this is a wide angle trip, there is some super macro in the region - look for pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, frogfish or ghost pipefish.