Creating beautiful images underwater may seem daunting to those who have never attempted, but with a little advice and some helpful tips, you too can try your hand at underwater photography! I am proud to be collaborating with Nikon South Africa to present a 1 day workshop that includes theory as well as time in the pool to put your theory to practice. All the information can be found below, including a like to purchase your ticket for the event.


15 March 2020


09h00 – 16h00


Little Seahorses Swimming School – 55 Sunset Drive, Lanseria

What to expect:

We will be covering the basics of underwater photography including, what gear to use, working with light and models in water and suitable settings for shooting underwater.


The workshop will start at 9am, and will include a theory session with understanding some of the science and important things to know before hopping in the pool.


We will be covering things such as:

  • Understanding light in water
  • Creating light in water
  • Gear
  • Composition
  • Editing
  • Working with a model
  • Breathing
  • Communicating
  • Posing


We will then be having a small break, followed by a chance for everyone to change into their swimming gear and then do a bit of theory in the pool followed by a practical session, where you will be able to work with a model and direct, light and photograph them. We will be done by 15:30 / 16:00pm at the very latest.

Please note: this is not for beginner photographers. You must have strong knowledge of using your camera’s manual settings, such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO and focal lengths. 


  • Bring a swimming costume, mask, towels and sunscreen.
  • Your camera, memory cards, batteries, and a wide angle lens (no longer than 24mm is recommended. Lenses such as an 18-55mm, 10-24mm, 12-24mm will be perfect. Sadly 35mm, 50mm or longer lenses will not be suitable during this workshop.) Flashes are not necessary for this workshop as we are working with natural and continuous lighting.
  • There will be Nikon gear available for you to try underwater.
  • Your own underwater housing – this will not be supplied at the workshop and you will unfortunately not be able to take part in the practical session without it.