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First time underwater shooters will enjoy our introductory seminars held on Friday. All skill levels will get inspired with our more advanced seminars held on Sunday. Come meet fellow enthusiasts and learn from our professional presenters.

Please see our event schedule for times and locations.




THURSDAY
  Backscatter Staff  

Thursday Seminars - 1:00P.M. - 4:00P.M.
How to Autofocus, Basic and Advanced
Sounds simple. Autofocus. Should be as difficult as boiling water. But not so fast. In this seminar I'll go over the practical realities of focus and how to decide what techniques to use for the scene you're shooting.

Stupid Simple Macro Manual Exposure
For 99% of what we do auto exposure is our enemy in underwater photography. In this seminar I'll boil it down and show you how simple macro manual exposure is for underwater photography.

Getting the Blues Right—The First Step in Wide Angle Exposure
Wide angle photography is a delicate balancing act between the underwater natural light from the sun and the artificial light from your strobes. Learn the proper order of setting up a shot and starting it off right with the right color blue.

The Zen of Underwater Strobe Placement
I often get asked "Where do I put my strobes?" to which my response is "What do you want to light?" By asking this simple question, learn where to place your strobes for what YOU want to light and improve both your lighting and your composition.

How to Win
Every year at the shootout I get asked "What are the judges looking for?" Learn what makes a great image and how to do it.
FRIDAY
  Backscatter Staff  

Thursday Seminars - 9:00A.M. - 12:00P.M.
How to Autofocus, Basic and Advanced
Sounds simple. Autofocus. Should be as difficult as boiling water. But not so fast. In this seminar I'll go over the practical realities of focus and how to decide what techniques to use for the scene you're shooting.

Stupid Simple Macro Manual Exposure
For 99% of what we do auto exposure is our enemy in underwater photography. In this seminar I'll boil it down and show you how simple macro manual exposure is for underwater photography.

Getting the Blues Right—The First Step in Wide Angle Exposure
Wide angle photography is a delicate balancing act between the underwater natural light from the sun and the artificial light from your strobes. Learn the proper order of setting up a shot and starting it off right with the right color blue.

The Zen of Underwater Strobe Placement
I often get asked "Where do I put my strobes?" to which my response is "What do you want to light?" By asking this simple question, learn where to place your strobes for what YOU want to light and improve both your lighting and your composition.

How to Win
Every year at the shootout I get asked "What are the judges looking for?" Learn what makes a great image and how to do it.


SUNDAY
Mike Bartick Mike Bartick   |   Dramatic Underwater Macro Lighting

Sunday Seminar - 9:00A.M. - 10:15A.M.

BIO:
Mike was raised in sunny Southern California just a short distance from the shores of the Pacific Ocean. An avid diver and marine wildlife enthusiast, he turned to photography to capture and share some of his diving experiences with others. His first underwater camera was borrowed from a buddy to take on one of the frequent family trips to Hawaii. Needless to say he has never returned that camera and from that trip forward he was hooked. His obsession for photographing critters has taken him all over the world and while he admits to loving the warm waters of the tropics his first love will always be the frigid California waters. Mike's work is featured in magazines, text books, calendars and more and can be found worldwide. He is a small animal expert that frequently leads groups of photographers into Asia to seek out that special critter.
Ron Watkins Ron Watkins  |   Getting Unique Big Animal Shots in Challenging Conditions

Sunday Seminar -10:30A.M. - 11:45A.M.

BIO:
Ron Watkins is a professional photographer, writer, explorer, trip leader and photography instructor specializing in underwater and topside nature photography. Through his imagery, Ron is committed to raising awareness of the challenges facing our fragile ecosystems and threatened marine life in hopes of promoting conservation.

Ron has been an accomplished award-winning photographer for over 15 years and most recently he has been recognized internationally by winning the prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year, Our World Underwater, World Shootout Team and Ocean Art photography competitions. His imagery and stories have been featured in print and online publications including Ocean Geographic, Alert Diver, Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver Ocean Planet, Underwater Photography Guide, Dive Photo Guide, Unterwasser and Scuba magazine in the UK. You may also find his work displayed in commercial advertising, non-profit organizations, national aquariums, science centers, libraries, schools, businesses, as well as private collections.

To learn more about Ron's work, visit www.ronwatkinsphotography.com

Erin Quigley Erin Quigley  |  Post Production for Good and Evil

Sunday Seminar - 12:00P.M. - 1:30P.M.

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION:
How far is it fair to go when when editing underwater images? How do you know where to draw the line? In this seminar, Erin explores the boundaries of post-production with Lightroom and Photoshop, using techniques both good and evil, developed specifically for underwater shooters. Some are clean and simple, some downright dirty, but all of them are essential for any post-production bag of tricks - as long as you know when to stop.

BIO:
Erin Quigley is a Adobe ACE certified imaging expert specializing in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer, and creator of GoAskErin.com, which provides resources and training specifically developed for underwater shooters. Erin leads trips and teaches workshops worldwide, and currently writes the Imaging Training column for Scuba Diving magazine.










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