Under Water photography training in Surin and Similan islands
A photo clinic animated by award winning Alex Tyrell from Dive4photo
After working in Myanmar and Indonesia, Alex Tyrell became the photographer at a luxury dive resort in the Philippines where he taught photography classes and workshops for 4 years before opening his own business in Thailand in 2012.
Teaching underwater photography requires patience, experience and mastering all different techniques, and looking at Alex’s portfolio, it is clear he also knows how to capture amazing images combining macro and wide-angle with the use of snoots, sunbursts, silhouettes and motion blur results.
Alex's images have been published in numerous dive magazines including Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Sport Diver Asia Pacific, Scuba Diver TTL, Scuba Diver Ocean Planet, Alert Diver, DIVE Magazine, The Undersea Journal, Dive Pacific and Dykking, as well as on underwater photography websites DivePhotoGuide & Wetpixel. He also writes underwater photography technique articles, including being one of the Photo Pro's for UK based DIVE Magazine and Chinese bi-lingual magazine EZ Dive.
More recently, he won the Photography contest of Thailand Dive expo 2020.
The Smiling Seahorse gives you the chance to come improve your underwater photography skills with this first ever Photo Clinic!
We will tell you everything you need to know about underwater photography. What you can get out of your camera? How to approach different marine species? We will talk about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and composition…
Improve your shots...
Macro and wide angle...
Day dives and night dives
BLACK WATER DIVES
We will offer you the chance to try out Black Water diving for new, unique photo opportunities!
Have a great holidays sharing our passion on a fantastic new boat for Photographers!
With hundreds of dives in the area, our guides know how to find the nicest subjects for your photos.
Don’t waste your time looking for the frogfish or the ghost pipefish, they will do it for you. So you can focus technical stuff and take the best shot!
Built at the end of 2018, The MV Smiling Seahorse is a comfortable vessel to explore the Andaman Sea.
Designed by and for divers and underwater photographer, it is the only liveaboard in Thailand with a camera room!
Sharing good time with fellow Under Water Photographers
Being part of a photographer-only cruise is the guaranty to improve your shots.
With up to 4 dives a day and as many surface intervals you will have plenty of time to share your experience, technics and tricks. As many opportunities to learn and try new styles and ideas on the next dive. All of it with the advices of a very experienced professional underwater photographer.
Pick one of our 8 confortable cabins for only 16 guests!
Learn how to edit your pictures...
With the digital photography, whether you shoot Jpg or RAW you will learn how to edit your images.
We will explain you the basics you need to know about softwares like “Photoshop” or “Lightroom”.
Diving certification required
Because you need to be a diver prior to bring a camera down there, we ask you to be certified up to 30 metres by any dive organization like Padi, Naui, ssi, Cmas or similar, and you need good buoyancy skills.
Nitrox available for EAN certified divers.
Compact, hybrid or DSLR no matter the camera you have, as long as you can set it in manual mode. (If you are a Gopro user, this clinic is not for you)
The aim here for beginners is to set yourself free from automatic modes, and for experienced photographs, the aim is to improve your knowledge and underwater photo skills.
Book your UW-photo clinic
Date: To be confirmed.
Rendez-vous: at The Smiling Seahorse shop in Ranong in the morning.
You are interested and need more info? get in touch!
Be careful, these special trips are rare and fill up quite quicky!!! book ahead of time
The Smiling Seahorse diving cruises★★★★★ by Barry L January 13, 2020
Review: 5, based on 135 reviews "Excellent diving experience" by Barry L, written on March 18, 2020
Just completed an excellent trip on the Smiling Seahorse in the Andamon Sea. The Smiling Seahorse is an well equipped dive boat with great facilities and excellent crew. Dive guides extremely capable and helpful. Dive sites varied and offer lots of photo opportunities, great underwater topography and excellent choice of night diving. Overall a great trip and many thanks to Frank and his crew.