We are happy to announce our 8th Annual Lembeh Photo Workshop 2020! Our 7 night/17 dive Photo Workshop will take place from 25 July to 1 August 2020. Once again we are happy to welcome Adobe guru Doug Sloss as part of the instruction team. Our hosts for the event is the wonderful NAD Lembeh Resort with their amazing team. The 7 night/17 dive package includes all meals, nitrox (air available), return airport transfers (surcharge for non peak hours), 2:1 guest to guide ratio, inwater tuition, and digital copies of outlines.
We limit the number of participants during workshops in order to give plenty of one to one time to everyone. One of the highlights of an Underwater Tribe workshop is that the instructors don’t take cameras underwater. Each photo instructor accompanies the students underwater each day with a slate in hand. One to one time underwater is often touted as the highlight of the workshop by past participants.
Our workshops are aimed at new underwater photographers as well as more experienced photographers. We always start with the basics to get everyone on the same page before introducing other techniques. Our workshops are relaxed and friendly with a very social atmosphere. We don’t include competitions or public photo critiquing so there is no pressure on our guests.
The schedule typically runs as follows:
Saturday – arrival and introduction night
Sunday through Thursday – 2 morning dives, lectures after lunch, dive 3, open classroom and post processing, dinner or night dive
Friday- 2 morning dives, lunch, afternoon final prepping of images for slidesow, BBQ dinner and farewell
Saturday – departure
Topics include: “Basic Macro Setup”, “Creative Lighting”, “Lightroom Workflow”, “Lightroom Processing”, “Tips for Blackwater Photography”, and many more!
Our workshops are for everyone! Each year we have a mix of brand new photographers and people who have been shooting for years. With three coaches on hand, we are able to customize the learning experience for everyone. We work individually with each participant underwater in order to master new skills. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere throughout the week is full of laughter and new friends. We have many repeat guests who return year after year to join us in Lembeh.
NAD is one of the top photography resorts in the world. With incredible guides who understand photography, a large camera room, and a maximum of 2 guests per dive guide, NAD is truly a photographers resort. The food and friendly service from the restaurant are second to none. A great mix of western and local dishes are served daily with every special request attended to. For our group we typically enjoy two group BBQs at the beginning and end of the week. The rooms are clean and well maintained and come in two categories, pool side or bungalow.
The lineup of underwater photography instructors for our Lembeh Strait Photo Workshop 2020
Mike Veitch – Mike is a long time photo and video pro who has been teaching underwater photography for 20 years. With a client list of many of today’s top underwater photographers, Mike’s knowledge and hands on teaching style has improved the photography skills of hundreds of people. Mike is regularly published in diving magazines worldwide. His awards include winning a major category in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Luca Vaime – Luca is the co-founder of the Underwater Tribe and the Bali Academy of Underwater Photography. He has been working full time in the diving industry for almost 20 years. A scuba instructor with hundreds of students to his credit, Luca has been teaching photography and video for many years. His easy going style and outgoing personality allow him to create a great rapport with workshop attendees. Luca has contributed photos to publications worldwide. His boundless energy is contagious throughout our workshops.
Doug Sloss – Doug Sloss is an underwater and landscape photographer, photography educator, and digital image developing enthusiast based in Denver, Colorado. A long time photo pro and dive instructor in Palau, his award winning photography has appeared in numerous diving magazines and books. His passion for teaching photography led to a successful series of DVD tutorials about Post Processing. His tutorials have helped underwater and topside shooters of all levels professionally post-process their images with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
There are two levels of accommodation available, Poolside and Bungalow. Pricing as below based on twin or double occupancy, single supplement is also available. All pricing includes 7 nights/17 dives, airport transfers, all meals, nitrox. Additional nights before or after the workshop are available.
Poolside Double/Twin Occupancy – USD $1875 per person
Poolside Single – USD $2120 per person
Bungalow Double/Twin Occupancy – USD $2230 per person
Bungalow Single – USD $2475 per person
Quite often our guests express interest in staying longer or arriving early in Lembeh. This year we will host an additional Photo Fun Week at the resort starting from 20 July. During this portion the instructors will not be doing presentations, however, they will be open for questions. They will dive with cameras so this is a great opportunity to watch the pros in action. If you would like to join us for an extra few days of diving and fun please let us know! We have packages available from the 7 night workshop up to a 12 night/32 dive package.
For more info have a look at the Trip Reports for our 2018 and 2019 Photo Workshops.
Silk Air will no longer be running the Singapore to Manado route from May of 2020. Another partner airline of Singapore Airlines, Scoot, will soon takeover the route. However, their flight schedule has yet to be listed. If you would prefer to purchase your tickets soon, the best itinerary would be via Jakarta. Jakarta offers flights with Garuda, CitiLink and Batik Air. There is a direct flight from Bali to Manado, however, this is only offered with Lion Air.
Reservation assistance available 24 hours
Underwater Tribe group trips are always led by either Mike Veitch or Luca Vaime and sometimes both of us!