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Friday, February 16 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
What Lies Beneath: Exploring the Depths of Underwater Photography (Elizabeth Blank) FULL
Limited Capacity full

Utilizing the beautiful, heated lap-pool at Racquet Park, the Omni's Health & Fitness Center, students will be introduced to the world of underwater photography. The program will begin with a discussion about the different types of underwater cameras on the market (point and shoots, DSLRs, etc.) and the wide variety of underwater housing units available to photographers. Elizabeth will fully discuss the gear that she uses when shooting sessions underwater, as well as the gear she uses to optimize her personal endurance under the water (mask, snorkel, weighted belt, anchored weights, and preferred clothing to shoot in). After a comprehensive discussion on gear, Elizabeth will explain the settings she uses for achieving stellar images underwater and will demonstrate how her underwater housing, the SPL underwater housing unit, is assembled and used. After any questions have been answered about gear and settings, Elizabeth will do a live shooting demonstration in the pool with models.

The indoor pool at Racquet Park is situated under an expansive skylight and this will allow natural light to beautifully light the pool water and mimic the effects of being in an outdoor setting. The instructor will guide students on how to find the most pleasing light in the pool and how to best guide the subject to interact with that light. The instructor will then spend time photographing the subject underwater while attendees observe from the side of the pool. After the shooting demonstration, Elizabeth will answer any questions the students have about the process. If time permits, Elizabeth will also explain and demonstrate how to achieve split-level photographs in the water (one half of the image is above water while the other half is below). The program will wrap up with Elizabeth answering any lingering questions attendees may still have.

Learning Objectives:
- Students will learn what types of underwater cameras and housing units are currently on the market from the most budget-friendly iPhone underwater cases to the most intricate underwater housing units (and everything in between!).
- Students will learn how each housing unit is used to ensure water damage does not occur.
- Students will learn what additional equipment is necessary for achieving underwater imagery (masks, weighted belts, anchored weights, etc.).
- Students will learn what manual settings the instructor uses when underwater.
- Students will learn how to identify the best light available within the pool.
- Students will learn how to guide their subjects toward the most favorable light and then instruct them how to interact underwater with that light.
- Students will learn how to prepare their own body to ensure stabilization once under the water.
- Students will observe the instructor's body movements and actions as she photographs a subject under the water.
- Students will learn what a split-level image is and how they can achieve this in the water.


Friday February 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Indoor Pool at Racquet Park Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort