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Photography & Video Courses

Many of our Centres and Liveaboards run special interest courses and weeks such as photography trips, expeditions or to view specific marine life – sharks, mantas or other in season event.

New Photographic Liveaboard Courses with the Jim Church School of UW Photography

Have you always wanted to take your underwater photograph and video skills to the next level? Are you tired of seeing back-scatter in an otherwise great shot? Would you like to be able to edit all your great video footage into a masterpiece? Well maybe you should spend a week with the pros, Mike & Mike, aboard an Aggressor or Dancer Fleet yacht. Their workshops breakdown the basics and tweak the technical tips so that you have a memorable portfolio by the end of your week aboard.

The Experts

Mike Mesgleski and Mike Haber own the Jim Church School of Underwater Photography. They worked side by side with Jim teaching underwater photography for years.

        Mike Masgleski                                                                                                  Mike Haber
Mike Masgleski has been teaching UW photography for over 22 years, helping students create thousands of beautiful images of our underwater world. He has been in business repairing underwater photo equipment since 1988. Among his awards, Mike is an inaugural year recipient of the prestigious SSI Platinum Pro certification.

Mike Haber, also a qualified instructor, is a professional photographer topside & underwater. His base of operations starts in Miami and extends almost around the world. Mike’s studio subjects and nature images reflect the wide range of his photographic skill and creativity. Mike is also proud to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Life Preservation Society. 

Expand your knowledge of underwater photography in a relaxed atmosphere with this  comprehensive course. You'll stay in luxury surroundings aboard one of the Aggressor fleet of livaboards and enjoy the company of those with the same interests.

Beginners' Underwater Photographer Course
Mike & Mike are the most patient and understanding instructors you’ll ever meet. They’ll start you with their “this is the front of the camera” talk. They will simplify all the numbers and terms with easy to understand examples.

Experienced Underwater Photographer Course
Master a new piece of equipment or develop a new technique with the 2 Mikes guiding you along the way. You’ll be with other experienced photographers, sharing information, shooting tips and ideas. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Course Content
Daily group presentations are made in the salon followed by practical one-on-one help with your camera equipment. Underwater, you will receive help with set up shots, checking composition, finding subjects and even offering a pose for you. From digital point & shoot cameras to housed digital SLR systems, Mike & Mike will help you get the shot. After a week of their instruction and help, you're sure to take home some great underwater photos and have a fun time doing it!
 
Digital Darkroom and Post Production Principals
Learn digital editing techniques for cloning and repairing images, removing backscatter or sensor dust, removing or repositioning of image elements such as divers, fish or even the sun itself. Mike & Mike will show you how to edit, archive & present your work for digital and film cameras with the use of a slide scanner. The most current versions of Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Bridge and Apple Aperture will be used to demonstrate:

• Color Correction
• Cloning and Repairing
• Color Management
• Adjustment Layers
• Sharpening
• Dodging and Burning
• Cropping
• B&W Conversion

All courses are suitable for all levels from beginners to the most experienced UW photographers with course content designed for your individual requirements.
 

2013

Kona Aggressor II                     23 Feb 2013 (7 nights) from £2,025
Cayman Aggressor IV
 
              11 May 2013 (7 nights)
from £2,059
Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
   01 June 2013 (7 nights)
from £2,059
Sun Dancer,
Belize                     22 June 22 2013 (7 nights) from £1,675
Thailand Aggressor                    
14 July 2013 (10 nights)
from £3,460
Galapagos Aggressor 
                08 Aug 2013 (7 nights) 
from £3,610
Wind Dancer, Cocos Island       26 Oct 2013 (10 nights)
from £3,350 + $245 Park Fee

 

2014

Tropic Dancer, Palau                    06 March 2014 (10 nights) from £2,025
Cayman Aggressor IV                03 May 2014 (7 nights)
from £2,060
Turks & Caicos Aggressor II     31 May 2014 (7 nights) from £2,059
Belize Aggressor III                   21June  2014 (7 nights)
from £1,869
Carib Dancer, Bahamas            12 July  2014 (7 nights)
from £1,610
Galapagos Aggressor                   07Aug  2014 (7 nights)
from £3,616
Komodo Dancer                          
03 Nov 2014 (10 nights)
from TBA

 

2015

Thailand Aggressor  (Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)  March 1, 2015 (6 nights - south), March 8, 2015 (6 nights - north)
Cayman Aggressor IV  (Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)  May 16, 2015 (7 nights)
Turks & Caicos Aggressor II   (Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)  June 6, 2015 (7 nights)
Sun Dancer,
Belize   (Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)  June 20, 2015 (7 nights)
Galapagos Aggressor  (Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)  August 6, 2015 (7 nights)
Wind Dancer,
Cocos Island  (Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)  October 24, 2015 (10 nights)

    For details and prices call 01273 844919 or email here >


Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.