TAKE YOUR SNOOTING TO THE NEXT LEVEL!
Improve your snooting skills!
GET BETTER AT BOKEH!
Enhance your bokeh skills!
LEARN BACKLIGHTING!
Learn how to properly use a snoot or snoot torch to backlight your subjects
HIGH KEY PHOTOGRAPHY
Learn the techniques and settings for high key photos!
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PERFECT YOUR WIDE ANGLE
Get sharp, colourful and well-lit wide angle shots!
CLOSE FOCUS MACRO
Learn how to create impactful close focus macro and close focus wide angle shots.
INVALUABLE IMAGE REVIEW SESSIONS
Learn as you go with daily image review sessions!
DIVE LEMBEH!
Explore the amazing waters of Lembeh and add incredible photos to your portfolio!
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Macro Magic & Wide Wonders
June 2 - 13, 2025
11 nights & 27 boat dives

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – ENDS JULY 15, 2024

Join me on an exciting 11-night underwater photography workshop in Lembeh, North Sulawesi, Indonesia! Immerse yourself in the mystical waters of Lembeh and embark on a journey to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of the underwater world through both your macro and wide-angle lenses.

Why Lembeh?

Lembeh Strait is celebrated globally for its “muck diving,” where the seemingly barren black volcanic sand reveals an astonishing variety of marine creatures. There are also several beautiful coral reefs which provide excellent wide angle and close focus wide angle opportunities. Photographers can expect to encounter countless species of nudibranchs, frogfish, cephalopods like the enigmatic mimic octopus, and a plethora of invertebrates. With over 60 dive sites to choose from, each dive promises new discoveries and the potential to capture rare and unusual critters.

Elevate Your Photography Skills

This workshop is designed to take your creative macro and wide-angle underwater photography to new depths. It is ideal for intermediate underwater photographers who are comfortable with their setups and are looking to learn new skills, as well as those who have previously joined my Macro Underwater Photography Workshop.

You will be able to practice and further enhance your snooting and shallow depth of field techniques, as well as learn more advanced macro underwater photography techniques as well as spend time with your wide angle equipment.

By the end of the trip, you will be able to:

  • Enhance your existing macro underwater photography skillset.
  • Use techniques like blue water backgrounds, slow motion blur, high key photography, and backlighting.
  • Effectively light and compose your wide-angle and close-focus wide-angle photos, mastering settings for well-balanced, perfectly exposed shots.
  • Prevent backscatter and optimize strobe positioning for different subjects and styles.
  • Select the best subjects and compose images to get the most out of your macro and wide-angle dives.
  • Be more deliberate in your underwater photography and learn how to tell a story through your images.

If you would prefer to concentrate on macro underwater photography and, amongst other techniques, learn snooting, do shallow depth of field, get bokeh and black backgrounds, how to get crisp macro photos and use a diopter, check out my Macro Mastery Workshop taking place at the same location from 21 to 31 May 2025 – or heck, come join us for both!

 

The Workshop Experience

Your workshop begins even before you leave home with a 30-minute one-on-one Zoom coaching/Q&A session with me. I want you to be as prepared as possible so that you arrive feeling confident and ready to immerse yourself in your underwater photography adventure!

Throughout the workshop, I will present daily sessions that build progressively, offering valuable advice and fresh ideas for you to try out on your dives. Daily image review sessions provide an invaluable chance to see the incredible work produced by others and gain inspiration and suggestions for your own images. This collaborative and supportive environment fosters growth and creativity.

Dive into Adventure

Three daily boat dives will provide us access to diverse sites, and the option of night dives adds a thrilling dimension to the underwater experience. With the convenience of returning to the resort after each dive, you can review and adjust your camera gear, ensuring you are always ready to capture the next incredible shot.

To ensure a personalised experience, there will be one guide for every two photographers. These dedicated guides will use their expertise to seek out the most sought-after and wonderful macro life that Lembeh is known for.

There are some beautiful coral reefs such as Angel’s Window, California Dreaming and Aw Shucks close to the resort, which will give us the opportunity to practice our wide angle and close focus wide angle underwater photography.

Stay in Luxury at Dive Into Lembeh

We will be staying and diving with Dive Into Lembeh, a tranquil and picturesque dive resort perfectly situated to offer an unparalleled underwater photography experience. This serene retreat is renowned for its beautiful surroundings and convenient access to the world-famous house reef dive sites, “Hairball” and “Aw Shucks,” accessible daily between 08:00 and 18:00.

The fully equipped dive centre at Dive Into Lembeh is a haven for underwater photographers. It features a spacious camera room and dedicated camera rinse tanks, ensuring your equipment is always ready for the next dive. The guest dive gear locker room is equipped with gear rinse tanks and showers for your convenience. All dive guides are expertly trained in camera handling and specialise in navigating Lembeh’s unique underwater environment, ensuring you have the best possible experience capturing the extraordinary marine life.

Accommodation Options

Seaview Bungalows

These stand-alone bungalows boast their own private Japanese-style onsen (hot tub) on the balcony, perfect for unwinding after a day of diving. Inside, you’ll find spacious rooms equipped with TV, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, minibar, safe, and an ensuite, semi-open western-style bathroom with a walk-in shower. Drinking water is conveniently provided in the form of a five-gallon hot and cold-water dispenser, with tea and coffee facilities available for your use.

Longhouse Rooms (3 available)

Reserved for single travellers, these rooms provide a more affordable option without a TV or hot tub. They still have air conditioning, minibar, safe, and an ensuite bathroom with shower.

Whether you are an aspiring underwater macro photographer or a seasoned enthusiast, this 11-night workshop in Lembeh promises an unforgettable experience filled with stunning macro and wide-angle underwater photography opportunities, and the chance to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to elevate your macro, close focus wide angle and wide-angle underwater photography skills and create a remarkable portfolio of Lembeh’s mesmerising macro life. Reserve your place now and embark on a journey that will forever transform the way you capture the minute and not-so-minute wonders beneath the waves.

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfers
  • 11 nights’ full board accommodation in air-conditioned rooms
  • 27 x day boat dives including dive guides, cylinders, weights and weight belt
  • Access to house reef to self-dive
  • WiFi
  • 30-minute, one-on-one Zoom session with Kate prior to departure
  • Free daily underwater photography lectures and image reviews

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Gear rental
  • Optional night dives and extra day dives
  • Nitrox32
  • Alcoholic beverages, massages, land excursions

Early Bird Special

Sign up and pay your deposit before 15 July, 2024, to receive a 10% discount on the full workshop rate!  This is a limited time offer designed to reward early commitment. Please note prices are in US Dollars.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – ends 15 July 2024:

  • Seaview Bungalows, double occupancy:  US$ 2 840 (per person sharing)
  • Seaview Bungalows, single occupancy: US$ 3 525 (per person)
  • Longhouse Rooms, single occupancy only: US$ 2 840 (per person)

 

STANDARD PRICE:

  • Seaview Bungalows, double occupancy:  US$ 3 125 (per person sharing)
  • Seaview Bungalows, single occupancy: US$ 3 880 (per person)
  • Longhouse Rooms, single occupancy only: US$ 3 125 (per person)

How to Book:

  • Please email me on kate@katejonker.com for more details and to book your spot.
  • Bookings can only be confirmed upon receipt of your payment and rooms will be allocated on a first-paid, first confirmed basis.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the full trip price needs to be paid to secure your spot, with a further 30% paid in November 2024 and the balance being paid in March 2025.

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