Underwater Photography Classes - Bryan Chu

Underwater Photography Classes

Group Classes

I'm really excited to be partnering up with UB Diving in Courtenay to offer underwater photography classes! What I have learned from participating in and running week-long intensive photo workshops is that there are a few important things for progressing your skills as an underwater photographer.

1. Learn theory, technical aspects, and techniques 

2. Assignments to push you out of your comfort zone and expand your skillset

3. Lots and lots of hands-on time in the water developing your skills

4. Constructive feedback about your images and those of your peers

The last thing I want to do is to make this a "one-and-done" where you come for a class, take some notes, see some interesting things, and then everything stops there. My goal with offering classes is to hit all 4 of the above points so that you can move forward on your own photographic journey of continuous improvement. After a few hundred dives with my camera I am still learning lots of new techniques and trying new things. Some work, while others don't, but every time I try something new I learn something valuable.

I want to create a learning environment with my classes which achieves the same thing. So here is how this program will address all of the above points:

1. Theory & Technical - Classroom sessions

2. Assignments - Provided as part of any class; share your favourite photos with me and I will give you an individual assignment to try based on your skillset and experience level

3. Hands-on Time - Photo dive days organized through UB Diving - go to a good photo site, dive with other photographers, maybe try out some of my gear, debrief and review images afterwards - more details TBD

4. Feedback - Image reviews at the end of every classroom session. Once you have attended one of my classes you are invited to  future image reviews as well.

Classes Offered

I will be offering 3 group classes:

UW Photography Basics - Everything You Need to Know to Take Good UW Pictures

-Underwater Photography equipment basics, care and maintenance

-How light works underwater; how cameras work

-Image formats; camera modes; settings

-Lighting: strobes vs video lights

-Lighting & strobe positioning for wide angle and macro

-3 Rules of Underwater Composition

-3 Essential Habits

-What Makes a Great Image

-Macro basics

-Wide Angle basics

Advanced UW Photography: Taking Your Photography to the Next Level

-Macro: Going from Good to Great  

-Macro: Getting artistic

-Macro: Advanced lighting

-Macro: Going supermacro

-Macro: Capturing behaviour

-Wide Angle: Going from Good to Great

-Wide Angle: Advanced Strobe Positioning

-Wide Angle: Dive models, sunballs, sun rays, schools of fish, big animals

-Wide Angle: Split shots

-Planning Your Shots

UW Photography Post-Processing in Lightroom and Photoshop

-File management & workflow

-Basic Lightroom adjustments

-Advanced Lightroom adjustments

-Photoshop adjustments

-Time-saving tricks

-Exporting and printing photos

Cost & Format

-$70 per class

-Each class will run for 1.5-2 hours. Approximately 1-1.5 hours on classroom topics, 30-45 minutes for image review at the end.


-Sun March 15 13:00-15:00 - UW Photography Basics

-Sun Apr 12 13:00 - 15:00 - Advanced UW Photography

-Sun Apr 26 13:00 - 15:00 - UW Photography Post-Processing

Private Classes

I am happy to provide a number of different services, depending on your experience and level. I am located on Vancouver Island, in the Courtenay/Comox area, for any in-person services. All prices are in CAD.

Virtual Consultation

Send me photos and questions in advance, then we can connect over Skype and talk about what is working for you, what you are stuck on, and what you need to do to take things to the next level! We can cover equipment issues, gear recommendations, techniques, composition, subject selection, editing, or anything else that strikes your fancy!

$70/hr (pre-work is free of charge)

In-Person Classroom Sessions

We'll sit down and go over detailed presentations and hands-on work on strobe positioning, composition, wide angle and/or macro techniques, and anything else that might be of use, tailor-made to suit your experience level.


In-Water Instruction

Let's go diving! I'll keep an eye on your technique, and we can review images underwater and work on lighting, positioning, composition and so-on.

Pricing varies

Photo Editing Consult

Send me any number of photos you want advice on. I will go through and edit them myself, then we can have a Skype call to chat about what you did, how it worked for you, what I did and what I would recommend.


Lightroom/Photoshop Lesson

We'll go through as much as you want to cover on Lightroom and photoshop, from the very basics on up to advanced backscatter removal, color channel adjustments, cloning, content-aware fill, and other handy techniques! 


General Advice - Free :-)

Email me any time to talk about gear, what camera you should get to start out, whether you should try underwater photography, and so on. I'm happy to just discuss things and throw ideas around.

If any of this sounds interesting, click on my contact button below or send an email to bryandchu@gmail.com!

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