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15/2 to 22/2/2020



Do you want to advance your photography skills? Or are you new to underwater photography and want to learn quickly? Joining an Insider Divers workshop helps everyone with their photo skills. Anilao is one of the world's best places to photograph critters so everyone will have endless practice time for all learned techniques.

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Intermediate and advanced shooters will earn how to shoot clean black backgrounds, how to take advantage of full manual mode, snoot-lighting, LED lighting or backlighting as well as high-level editing. We will work with creative backgrounds and apply special techniques such as long-exposure. And you can learn from award-winning photographers like Tim Ho. 


Or are you completely new to photography? Or just bought a new kit and would like to quickly make the most of it? In this workshop you will learn everything from scratch and you will be able to learn advanced topics as you feel comfortable. We will also do provide introductions to Lightroom and Photoshop as well as advanced training sessions.


And we will offer Blackwater diving as the latest and most exciting trend in Macro Photography!

And at the end of the week there will be a photo competition so you might even bring back a prize! 

Swipe through the photos below to get an idea of the kind of photography that we will train you to shoot.

Check the blog and participant photographs from our last Anilao Workshop


Anilao is the critter capital of the Philippines and home to the rarest critters of the underwater world. Macro subjects are perfect for photography training as the subjects do not tend to move much and give you time to work on your techniques and photography styles.

The workshop will be led by Simon Lorenzan award-winning photographer and trains people on a regular basis. He will be assisted by Pauline Wong who is a photographer and instructor and will assist you especially if you are a beginner. The group will also benefit from talks given by award-winning Photographer Tim Ho, and so you will be able to gain insights and tips from a number of photography INSIDERS.

Every day we will cover a variety of different topics for both advanced and beginner photographers. Sessions will be mixed or split depending on the topics and according to interest and experience. In detail we will cover:


Everything you need to make a shot perfect. How to compose a picture, story telling, surprise factor. Learning to use camera in Manual Mode, everything about artificial and natural light and strobe positioning.

Lightroom and Photoshop

Learn from the pros on how to use Lightroom. For those interested we will also teach Photoshop and the combined power of the two softwares. These sections are useful for beginners and advanced alike.


Anilao is currently the best place in the world for Black Water. We will have several nights to work on this exciting type of diving and photography. Our local experts Tim Ho and Wayne Jones have developed the blackwater diving in Anilao from scratch and are leading experts in this field. Blackwater diving happens at night, and we can do up to two dives per night (not included in price).

Lighting Techniques

You will learn the way to light macro subjects in every possible way. We will discuss side, top, backlighting and everyone will have the opportunity to work with a snoot. These techniques will also help you later with your wide-angle skills.

LED Lighting

Learn from the pros how to make use of LED lighting, instead of strobe light. There are tons of possibilities with single or multiple lights as well as various colors. We will work with spot, snoot and back-lighting.

Creative Background

Playing with bokeh and wide apertures we will play with artificial backgrounds to make for an interesting and unusual image. We will provide the tools, you play!


Learn how to shoot the super-tiny subjects such as sheep nudi, tiny nudibranchs and hairy shrimp.

Creative Techniques

Once we have mastered using your camera in Manual Mode we are able to do more advanced techniques such as slow shutter-speed.

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Anilao Photo Academy was founded by Tim Ho, famous around the world for his creative photography. This resort was built for Underwater Photographers to improve on their photography. All guides are expert photographers themselves and can assist you with any skills e.g. help position your strobes or snoots. As the ratio is 2 divers to one 1 dive master you can assure of their attention and there is no need to rush when you are working on a subject.

There are interesting camera accessories for free trial available in the massive storage area. Everyone has a camera room slot as well as a big camera table in the room.

The resort itself is simple - here they do not focus on luxury but on photography training. Its basic and clean, but please do not expect any luxury except underwater. A clean 5-star review record on Tripadvisor and recent Travellers Choice 2019 Award shows that all visitors consider this a perfect stay.


- Full Board - different cuisines, Malaysian, International

- 2 to 1 dive master ratio

- Big camera room

- Free wifi

- Aircon, private bathroom

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We are offering a short and full workshop.

SHORT 15th to 19th February 2020 with three days of diving and three nights of blackwater.

FULL 15th to 22nd February 2020 July with six days of diving (recommended)

All our trips are booked via Southern Cross Travel Co Ltd. (HK Travel Agent License Nr. 350245)

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