FREE Underwater Photography Workshop
Led by Bonnie Pelnar Dietz
Saturday to Saturday
Dec 12-19, 2020
CocoView Resort, Roatan
Join Bonnie Pelnar Dietz for a week long comprehensive photography workshop at beautiful CocoView Resort in Roatan. All skill levels, beginner to advanced will benefit from Bonnie's 20+ years of professional experience. Learn tips and techniques for capturing the perfect shot, as well as the editing procedures to make your shots look polished and professional! Workshop will include daily presentations and seminars plus one-on-one instruction.
7 night SCUBA Vacation packages start at $1264 ppdo and include
- Unlimited 24/7 shore diving at CocoView's famous front yard
- Reefs, walls, and the wreck of the Prince Albert
- 2 boat trips daily
- Oceanfront or over-water accommodations
- Three delicious meals per day
- Use of air-conditioned dockside camera room
- Airport transfers
- Free WiFi
- Use of paddle boards, kayaks & more
To sign-up contact Bonnie or CocoView Resort.
Here is an example of our 7 day itinerary. Schedules and presentations change depending on the needs of the participants.
Day 1 Saturday: Orientation
7:00 pm: Getting acquainted, short presentation of photographer etiquette, review of scheduled activities. I may also do a short presentation about prepping camera gear, batteries, lenses, etc. for the week.
Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it.
Day 2 Sunday: 2-tank am boat dive, 2-tank pm boat dive. Optional shore diving.
7:00 pm Monday evening: Workshop Presentation/Bonnie – Common Mistakes in Underwater Photography
Optional shore night diving as late as you want to do it.
Day 3 Monday: 2-tank am boat dives, 2-tank pm boat dives. Optional shore diving.
7:00 pm Presentation/Bonnie - Photo Composition and Ideas To Make Your Photos More Interesting
This is a popular presentation that I've given at many of the Underwater Photographic Societies and dive clubs around the US. It discusses theories of composition such as working in thirds, the golden mean & golden spiral, lines and diagonals, negative space and framing, and more. Its a very inspiring presentation for photographers of all skill levels, both underwater and topside because it doesn't focus on how big your camera rig is or how much experience you have. It also shows lots of examples of how one might typically shoot a particular subject, then offers ideas on new angles and techniques you might want to try next time.
Optional shore night diving as late as you want to do it
Day 4 Tuesday: 2-tank am boat dives, 2-tank pm boats dive. Optional shore diving.
7:00 pm Workshop Presentation/Bonnie – Lighting
Wide-angle lighting, macro and special lighting techniques such as shooting with a snoot.
Day 5 Wednesday: 2-tank am boat dive, 2-tank pm boat dive. Optional shore diving.
7:00 pm Shooting Modes, Exposure Scenarios, Histograms
Most cameras have more than one shooting mode. This session will cover them all with an explanation of why you might choose one over the other for underwater shooting. We'll also discuss the histogram and other screen display options that can help you take better pictures.
Followed by optional group image processing session
In this session participants are asked to bring in any images that they had problems with or were looking to correct. We talk a little bit about file formats and digital workflow but spent most the time showing they typical steps an imaging professional takes to process an underwater image. There are many ways to color correct images and underwater scenes have special needs. We encourage shooting in RAW and demonstrated why this format is best for underwater shooting. We also talked about ways to shoot different next time so we can avoid the problem in the first place.
Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it
Day 6 Thursday: 2-tank am boat dive, 2-tank pm boat dive. Optional shore diving.
7:00 pm Workshop Presentation - Bonnie's 6-Step Salsa – Processing RAW Images with Adobe Photoshop CS6 Raw Converter/Lightroom
The six basic adjustments I make to every image I process (and those things I avoid).
Day 7 Friday: 2-tank am boat dive, 2-tank pm boat dive. Optional shore diving.
All day by sign-up: One-on-one image processing sessions, critique & review of images.
Day 8 Saturday: Departure