2024 Bali Macro Underwater Photo Workshop Highlights and Upcoming Lembeh Adventure

In May 2024, I had the pleasure of hosting a macro underwater photography workshop in the stunning waters of Tulamben, Bali. Over ten days, 16 enthusiastic photographers joined me to dive into the intricate world of macro photography, capturing the fascinating details of underwater life.

I’m excited to share the highlights of this workshop and announce our next adventure in Lembeh in May 2025, where even more exciting opportunities await.

Bali Workshop Overview

Dates: 8 – 18 May 2024

Location: Tulamben, Bali

Dive Sites included: Liberty Wreck, Melasti, Sidem, Seraya, Gerombong, Coral Gardens, Batu Niti, Batu Ringgit, Kuanji

Participants: 16 photographers (intermediate to advanced) using a range of cameras, including the Olympus TG6, Canon G7X Mk III, Sony RX100 VII, Canon R7, Canon R5, Nikon D850, Nikon Z8, Sony A7Riv, Fuji XT3, Olympus EM-10 Mike and Olympus EM1-Mkii.

Daily Schedule and Learning Activities
Our days were packed with learning and diving, starting with breakfast at 07:00, followed by a lecture on the day’s photographic technique. We then embarked on two dives in the morning at the same site to practice these techniques, returning to the resort for lunch and an afternoon or night dive. Each evening concluded with a detailed image review session.

Key Learning Points

  • Understand Your Camera Settings: Create tack-sharp images with the correct settings.
  • Compose Beautiful Shots: Develop interesting and visually appealing compositions.
  • Use a Diopter: Fill the frame with your subject effectively.
  • Control Lighting:Position strobes or video lights for creative, even lighting.
  • Create Black Backgrounds: Achieve stunning black backgrounds without a snoot.
  • Master the Snoot: Use a snoot or snoot torch to light and isolate subjects.
  • Capture Beautiful Bokeh: Create images with beautiful bokeh backgrounds.
  • Creative Lighting Techniques: Utilise torches and accessories for creative underwater photos.
  • Develop Your Style: Establish a unique style of macro underwater photography.
  • Edit with Lightroom: Learn basic editing techniques to enhance photos.

Participant's Experiences and Improvements

Our photographers showed remarkable progress throughout the workshop and they all exceeded their own goals and expectations. Here are some before and after photos as well as some of their testimonials highlighting their experiences….

A Truly Productive Workshop

"It was a truly productive, creative, and educational workshop for me. Having a booklet about the course content and being able to use it whenever I want is a great benefit. The Lightroom training session was more useful than I thought."

Photos Improved Tremendously

"I joined the workshop with absolutely no clue on how to use my mirrorless camera on manual settings, and I learned so much. My photos have improved tremendously. I can’t wait to put what I have learned into practice and join the next workshop."

Exceeded Every Expectation

"This fabulous workshop exceeded every expectation I had! Kate is a highly skilled teacher who shares her expertise generously. I’ve learned so much and feel very privileged to have spent time with a wonderful group of like-minded divers."

Workshop Highlights

The camaraderie among participants was incredible, with everyone supporting and encouraging each other. The dive guides were exceptionally helpful, ensuring photographers stayed focused on their tasks and offering their own tips for improvement.

There were many memorable moments – right from our first image review session after our first lessons – to see the quality of images that everyone was able to produce after understanding and learning what settings worked best for their cameras, right through to when they knew what style to shoot certain subjects.  I was immensely proud by how studious they were, and how they worked hard to perfect the techniques we learned as the workshop went by.

Next Workshop - Lembeh May 2025

Dates: 21 – 31 May 2025
Location: Lembeh, Indonesia

Lembeh is renowned for its rich biodiversity and is a macro photographer’s paradise and I will be hosting this same workshop again there.

Early Bird Special:
Sign up by 15 July 2024 to take advantage of our early bird discount.

Testimonials and further insights...

Turbo-charged My Abilities

"Kate has turbo-charged my abilities to a level my friends, family, and I are, to put it mildly, surprised by. She gives so much of her time and really cares that you achieve your goals."

I Have Learned So Many Things

"Even with the difficulty of the language, I have learned many things to practice. Excellent professional level and human quality."

Kate Was Kind And Patient

"Kate was kind, patient, and really good at what she does! The course guide was clear, and the skills practice was thorough. The image review sessions were particularly constructive, creating a safe space for learning."

Join my next workshop!

The Bali workshop was an incredible journey of learning and discovery. Seeing the immense improvement in our photographers was deeply rewarding.

I am excited to continue this journey in Lembeh in May 2025. Join us to enhance your skills, capture stunning images, and be part of a supportive and passionate community of underwater photographers.

Early Bird Special:

Register by 15 July 2024 to secure your spot at a discounted rate. Don’t miss this opportunity to take your macro underwater photography to the next level!