Underwater Photography Workshops

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Advanced Underwater Photography

2-Day Workshop &


Join Matty for a 2-day workshop to learn:

  • Complex & creative composition
  • Wide Angle techniques
  • Macro techniques
  • Advanced lighting
  • How to select the best lenses & ports
  • Shooting for competitions
  • Post production


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Workshop Date


16th & 17th March 2024


Feet First Dive

97 Stockton Street

Nelson Bay

NSW 2315



Want to take your photography to the next level?

  • You’ve been shooting for a while and understand the basics (exposure, composition, basic lighting) but are looking to step up your game.
  • You’ve been focusing on one style of photography and want to diversify and expand your skill set
  • You can’t seem to bridge the gap between the images you’re currently creating and the ones you have pictured in your mind.
  • You’re sick of taking ‘me too’ shots, you know – the ones that look like they are straight out of a fish ID book. You want to start making memorable images that really pop.
  • Start shooting and post processing with competitions in mind.

Attention to light is king when it comes to photography.

The smallest beam of sunlight, a tiny reflection or a carefully filled shadow can make or break an image.

As underwater photographers we are often manipulating and exploiting both ambient and artificial light, often simultaneously in a single frame.

During this one-of-a-kind special 2 day advanced workshop, I’ll be discussing this and a multitude of other topics over the course of day 1 of the workshop. Day 2 will be a double boat dive out to the spectacular Broughton Island where we will dive North Rock and the Looking Glass dive sights.

I’ll be on hand to help you resolve any problems in real time, as they occur in a relatable and down to earth way.

I highly recommend this excellent, value-for-money course. I learned so much. Even the first 10 minutes helped changed my photography dramatically.
Lisa D

My photography has come on leaps and bounds with Matt’s expert help and guidance.  I will certainly be back for more!
Julie J

Workshop Details


9am start for the classroom session

  • Wide Angle Session
    • Quick recap on exposure techniques
    • Dome Port and lens selection, understanding the technicalities
    • Optimising image quality
    • Advanced lighting
    • Shooting natural light
    • Understanding histogram
  • Lunch (provided)


  • Macro Session
    • Equipment selection
    • The use of wet lenses
    • Lighting techniques
    • Creating a black background in daylight
    • Open ocean black water shooting techniques at night
    • Accurate focusing

    DAY 2

    • Double boat dive at Broughton Island – approx 7am
    • Lunch at own expense

    1:30pm start for the classroom session

    • Post Production
    • Dive photo appraisal
    • Debrief & Refresh any Topics

    4pm finish


    NB) All times are approximate and will be determined by the speed at which we progress through the course material.

    *A final weather check will be conducted with the Bureau of Meteorology on the morning of each workshop.  This may lead to the workshop being postponed in cases of unfavourable weather reports or very poor/dangerous diving conditions. In this instance the workshop will be rescheduled to another date.

    NB) Classes are run subject to acquiring minimum numbers

    In signing up for this course you should:


    • Be a qualified and competent SCUBA diver with more than 30 logged dives.
    • Own a water proof camera with full manual (M) mode (preferred but not essential)
    • Have an underwater flash (strobe) or constant light source
    • Have a laptop computer for photo download and assessment
    • Have photo editing software (Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom is preffered, if you don’t have either of these please download a free 30 day software trial of Photoshop less than 30 days prior to the last day of the course and install on your laptop)

    Please bring with you a pen and notepad for note taking.

    $600 includes:

    Tuition with Matty Smith

    2x Air fills

    2x Boat Dives

    Lunch on day 1

    Book and checkout online

    Should you require any dive gear everything is available for hire for an extra cost through the dive shop. Should you need to hire gear please be sure to arrive a little earlier in order to sort out what you need.