How To

Basic Macro
We recommend a 60mm or 100mm lens, lots of flash for color, and manual exposure ranges with small apertures. This is where TTL will really shine, as the exposure will be 100% artificial light, with bold, rich colors. We mainly … Continued
Advanced Macro
Here we need to consider slightly longer strobe arms than with basic macro to control our light. By moving our strobe arms around to light from the side we reduce backscatter and produce shadows. … Continued
Using The Wide Lens
Unlike Macro, the wide lens requires you to balance the natural light with the light from your strobes. As with the Basic Macro, we start by leaving the ISO … Continued
Wide Angle Portraits
Get close, shoot up. This rule is great for macro, but even more important for the Wide lens. Often the angle of the camera is not what it appears,. look for “tells” in your favorite images.. see a sun ball? or the textured surface? … Continued
Flash Fill
Flash Filling is a way of using your strobes to fill in the colors and shadows of the scene. It is possible to make the scene look like a natural light shot, but if you see reds, oranges, or yellows, … Continued
Over/Unders
Over/Unders are best accomplished with the larger 8 inch domes. The tricky part is when your topside portion is a much different exposure from the underwater section. Some solutions are to balance the under part with light from your strobes … Continued
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Snell's Window
If the lens you are using is wide enough, around 15mm or wider, -holding the housing exactly level with the surface, -that is pointing straight up, produces the rounded image called Snell’s Window … Continued
HDR
HDR is a technique that allows a wider range of tones to be recorded on your image by taking multiple exposures of the same image and blending them with special software. It is a fun way to make your topside … Continued
Natural Light
There are many reasons you might want to shoot with Natural Light, or "Available Light" only; one reason is that good strobes are expensive. Large strobes are also heavy for traveling, and slow you down in the water. Freediving with … Continued

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Next Open Trip

Wakatobi, March 7-14 and March 14-21 2016

   What you will learn:

  •    Basic Macro
  •    Advanced Macro
  •    The Wide Lens
  •    Over/Unders
  •    Silhouettes
  •    Flash-fill
  •    Close-focus wide angle
  •    Portraits
  •    HDR
  •    Timelapse
  •    Night Shooting
  •    Editing
  • …and more!
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Isle Mujeres Mexico Whalesharks July 24-29 2015

*Natural light only- no flash allowed

*Snorkeling only- no SCUBA

*$1960 includes all but dinners- 4 days diving with Mantas and Whalesharks in blue water.

*Details, enquiries email to:  stevenmiller3@me.com

 

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Student Spotlight

Iyad Suleyman 

I bought my first DSLR camera, the Canon 60D, and decided to buy an housing Ikelite for it in 2011. Then I found an advertisement about the Ikelite Photo School on Ikelite’s website. When I saw the Photo School was being held at the Wakatobi Dive Resort, I decided to combine learning with pleasure and signed up for my first round in July 2011.  In January 2012 I joined my friends from Ikelite in Wakatobi again! IPS trips allow students to gain experience in very nice and friendly atmosphere. On each boat we had a teacher from the IPS, whom we could address our questions before and after our dives. There was also time to discuss our pictures every day in the evening: we demonstrated our works and observed our progress. Our teachers delivered some interesting lectures concerning Photography and Postproduction process…

Instructors

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Steve Miller

I have been shooting underwater since 1976, and teaching it since 1980.  My images have been used by various media over the years, and I currently work with Ikelite and Frank Owens on the Ikelite Photo School, teaching photography to divers at Wakatobi Dive Resort and Bonaire. The biodiversity and health of Wakatobi’s waters are inspiring, and highly photogenic. The ideal location for our work. See slideshows from previous trips, image galleries, and order prints: http://smu.gs/10pRh6M

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Frank Owens

As an underwater photographer I love sharing the images I shoot with friends and family, but what is even more compelling to me is teaching others to do the same. There is something about the look of excitement when a photographer who has struggled with underwater images has that “ah-ha” moment the first time they look in the preview screen and see brilliant colours and an image they are proud of. Helping people gain the confidence and knowledge to do this is very gratifying and keeps me excited about diving.

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