Underwater Photography Bootcamp
There is a universe of life under water that rightfully demands immense love, dedication, and some hard work from us to behold and appreciate its beauty. In absolute silence, when you are under water, beauty can speak to in myriad colours, and this is no less than meditation.
If you are preparing yourself for some adventure such as this, our Underwater Photography Bootcamp is just what you need. Take a plunge, quite literally, under the guidance of professionals who help you not only explore but also make art of life under water. Sign up now! Or, should we say, 'dive into' the opportunity now so that you become eligible to get PADI certified!
What is it?
The Underwater Photography Bootcamp is the perfect beginning for you to start discovering everything beneath the surface of water, existing in the deep resonating rumble. It is a thorough workshop crafted to help you first master diving, followed by underwater photography. This workshop is held outdoors to enable you to try concepts practically, firsthand, in real situations, and is mentored by a professional photographer with years of experience.
It includes a brief theoretical introduction to underwater photography and camera housings, in a pool, to begin with. Once you get acquainted with the theory and undergo confined water training, and are familiarised with all the educational material and the mandatory dive equipment, along with the expert's guidance, you will become eligible to pursue your certification by PADI. And therefore in effect, this Workshop, utilising the facilities at the Camp and the expertise of the Mentor, will help you accomplish your first step on a deep and fulfilling journey.
What you will learn:
For an exciting start, you will be introduced to scuba diving in a controlled environment. As a part of knowledge development, you will understand the complete use of the appropriate camera and its housing/casing equipment. Along with confined water dives to learn basic scuba skills and open water dives to use your skills and explore, there will also be indoor sessions where concepts will be discussed and images will be reviewed.
Once you complete the followup to this Workshop, you will be a fully certified PADI diver with licence to dive anywhere in the world, be certified as a PADI Specialty Underwater Photographer, be competent in handling a camera underwater, have a portfolio of ten to twenty good underwater images covering macro and wide angle subjects, and have experience using two or more different underwater camera setups to help you, should you choose to invest in your own equipment.
Our Underwater Photography Mentor, who has introduced numerous enthusiasts to the mysteriously beautiful reefs of the Indian Ocean, will kindle your passion and wonder, just as you begin your journey of making images in water. Crucially, you will have a world of opportunities ahead of you after this Workshop and the subsequent certification (not included in this Workshop). You will be able to pursue diving in exotic locations to explore and photograph the overwhelming range of flora and fauna that exist in the watery realms.
Umeed Mistry began diving in the Maldives in 1996 – an experience that has significantly shaped his life and work. Now a PADI Staff Instructor, Umeed has, over a span of 14 years in the adventurous profession, introduced people with a wide range of personal, academic and scientific interests to the exotic reefs in the Indian Ocean.
With a keen interest in marine and freshwater ecosystems, and a multi-disciplinary approach to creating awareness of these ecosystems, Umeed also facilitates art residencies and education programmes with his partners at Earth CoLab as a dive instructor, underwater photographer and cameraman, writer and educator.
In 2005, Umeed began photographing underwater and his compelling work has been featured in many national and international publications of repute.
Read more about Umeed here.
WHY GO ON A TOEHOLD PHOTO TOUR?At Toehold, we are passionate about photography just as you are, which lets us understand your travails and needs perfectly. And we use this insight to specially design our Photography Tours so they give you a toehold to excel at the art and set you up for success.
The Toehold team at your disposal will keep you tuned and geared, so you come in empty-handed but go out with bagful of images and tales of an experience that is better lived than heard.
- A clinically organized tour with utmost attention to your comfort and needs
- An open, informal environment that promotes interactive learning
- A team that will strategize and work to a plan to optimize opportunities and ensure a great tour
- Practical, hands-on assistance in photography from the tour Skippers both in the field and off it
- A wealth of subject matter knowledge
- Individual interaction with the Skippers over general or specific issues
- First-hand learning from the masters in the art and craft of photography
These exclusive, informative and interactive sessions are -
- The Bootcamp will being at Hosur on the morning of 24 Febuary, Friday, and end at the same place after lunch on 26 February, Sunday. Transport to Hosur and back is not included in the Bootcamp fee, but will be arranged at extra cost if needed.
- DAY 1 24 February 2017, Friday: Checkin and Introductory Session
You will arrive at the location and have a self-introduction section over coffee. The expert will then introduce you to SCUBA equipment set up, along with the introductory theory. You will then have a delicious dinner and call it a night in anticipation of the practical lessons to follow the next day.
DAY 2 25 February, Saturday: Practical Sessions and Overnight in Hosur
After morning coffee, you will be given a dive briefing. A scrumptious breakfast later, you will have a session on Confined Water, followed by lunch. Another confined water (pool) session will follow, post which you will have a relaxing coffee break. In the evening, you will be introduced to the theory of and introduction to underwater photography housings. With yet another morning of learning to follow, you will be ending the day's learning with a delectable dinner.
DAY 3 26 February, Sunday: Morning Session, Checkout and Dispersal
After a gathering for coffee, you'll have a dive briefing followed by breakfast. Another pool session will be held before lunch, followed by theory. After the three-day intensive learning, you will gather for coffee which will write an epilogue to the Bootcamp just before you depart equipped with the knowledge and the skills required to open up a whole new world of opportunities for the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What exactly is the Underwater Photography Bootcamp? How different is it from a classroom workshop?
Toehold's Underwater Photography Bootcamp is a thorough underwater photography workshop crafted to help you first master diving, followed by the specific genre of photography. This workshop is held outdoors to enable you to try concepts practically, firsthand, in real situations and are mentored by professional photographers with years of experience in that genre. There will also be indoor sessions where concepts will be discussed and images will be reviewed.
- What if I don't know how to swim? What are the requirements one needs to meet in terms of health?
For this workshop, you need to complete a Watermanship Assessment that includes:
- A 10-minute float in water too deep to stand in
- A 200 meter swim without any swimming aids (non-stop but without a time limit)
- A 300 meter mask-fins-snorkel swim (non-stop but without a time limit)
You will also have fill out and sign a Medical Statement which we will share with you via email. If you have some condition or medical history mentioned in the Medical Statement, you will have to get a physician's letter clearing them for scuba diving.
- Who should participate in this Bootcamp? Are there any eligibility criteria?
Anybody interested in life underwater, adventure, photography and diving, and is above the age of 18 (unless accompanied by an adult) can participate in this Workshop. In order to benefit from this Workshop, knowledge of the basics of photography is necessary. If you are new to photography, we suggest you attend our Art and Science of Photography Workshop first to be able to understand and try the concepts discussed during the Workshop.
- I am a newbie in underwater photography. Am I eligible?
Absolutely! This Workshop is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold's eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!
- Why aren't onward and return journeys included in the Tour itinerary?
Since some participants have their own cars, in which they like to drive to the venue, we cannot include the travel cost in the fee. However, we provide all requisite assistance with onward and return logistics at extra actual cost to ensure your transit is smooth.
- How sure are you about delivering the best basic training on this Bootcamp?
Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours and Workshops and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that, in an uncontrolled environment, under the guidance of the best people in the business, you will have the best beginning to your new journey.
- How different are your Workshops from others?
Toehold Workshops offer a comprehensive toehold to experience learning through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Workshops are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge sharing. Besides, most or all of our participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focused.
- What equipment will be provided on this Bootcamp?
Everything that is required to complete the diving and photography requirements of this program will be provided to participants. This includes all the scuba equipment, theory and training materials, cameras and housings. Participants should bring their own swimwear, warm clothes, toiletries and personal effects.
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24 to 26 February 2017
- Tour Cost:
Per person inclusive of taxes
Per couple inclusive of taxes
Per person inclusive of taxes
All fares excluding transport
- Mentor: Umeed Mistry