The first month of my Mozambique underwater photography internship at Guinjata Dive Center is complete. My goal for July 2013 was to help my 9 students to take better photographs through a better understanding of the basics of underwater photography. The students have all seen a dramatic improvement in the quality of their photos. The students are starting to grasp the concept of imagination and visualisation and how to apply these techniques , with patience, to their work.
These are the core topics we covered..
We also covered advanced techniques in the underwater photography internship and had fun on land shooting star trails and moon rises.
It was a culture-fest to visit Inhambane to shoot images around town and at the market and we also spent a day in the estuary in Tofo shooting the weird and wonderful nursery grounds for all the diverse underwater life in the area.
For this blog -I have chosen a couple of before and after photos from some of my students to show you what I mean. I thank these underwater photography interns for being brave enough to allow me to use their initial images- shot on the same cameras on the first day and then later on towards the end of the month.
I think one of the students summed it up best when he said he felt he has all the technical elements understood but he is grappling with giving feeling and meaning to his UW shots. Initially I was concerned I had failed in my teaching quest but when I really thought about it I realised that in fact he is exactly at the place I wanted my students to be at this point. They have been given a solid grounding and can manage all the technical issues but they are now in a space where they are starting to really think about this the elusive quest of all great artists – and that is- what is it that makes an underwater photo truly great and how can they apply their own artistry and emotion to this challenging medium?
I am satisfied I have given them the solid skills to go forth and find out more. Roll on August students.