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Want to advance your photography skills, learn how to shoot black backgrounds, how to work full manual, snoot, or backlighting. Or are you completely new to photography? This workshop suits all levels. We will also do Lightroom and Photoshop, introductions, basics as well as advanced training sessions. Learn from award-winning photographers Tobias Friedrich and Simon Lorenz everything you need to get better at your photography.


12/7/ to 19/7/25

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What place is better for photography training than Lembeh? Home to the rarest critters of the underwater world, you can lie comfortably in the sand while shooting Mimic Octopus, Wanderpus, Hairy Frogfish or Rhinopias, just to name a few.
Your Photo Coaches Tobias Friedrich and Simon Lorenz are professional underwater photographers and experienced photo coaches. They will aim to advance each photographers level of photography from where they are at the given moment.

Check out some of Simon's Lembeh photos here and here.

What will we learn

Every day we will cover different topics for advanced and beginner photographers. The groups will be split according to interest and experience. In detail we will cover

- Basics: Framing, manual mode, lighting, strobe positioning, 
- Digital: Lightroom and Photoshop, beginner and advanced
- Lighting: Advanced lighting techniques, snoot and background lighting
- Macro and Super-Macro
- Close Focus Wide Angle
- Artificial backgrounds ("disco bokeh") and other creative techniques

If conditions allow we will also offer wide angle on the outside of Lembeh Island as well as Black Water Diving.

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This workshop is co-hosted by world famous photographer Tobias Friedrich. He has brought home almost every award there is in the underwater space and was even being named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 - the most prestigious aquatic award. As highest possible achievement he was recently called to be on the judge panel of the UPY award as youngest ever panel member.

Tobias is also an author of various books and regularly hosts workshops on underwater photography. Tobias will teach various topics and share insights on his approach to underwater photography. He will also talk about the path and strategy on how to win photo awards.

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Simon Lorenz

Simon is an underwater photographer and journalist whose images have appeared in articles and competitions worldwide. He has been photo coaching for many years on numerous workshops, 1-to-1 coaching and on his Youtube channel. He has spoken at many dive events on photography topics and is widely considered a patient and thorough coach.

Simon is the founder of Insider Divers and has been running workshops since 2015. If you have any questions on this workshop he will be more than happy to help in a personal phone call.

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Solitude Lembeh meets our expectation to a dive resort perfectly. Focus is set firmly on dive photography, with optimized boats, camera rooms and an unbeatable 2-to-1 dive guide ratio!!! These guides will carry your kit and find the best critters for you. You want Harlequin shrimp or Hairy Octopus? Just ask, they will find. 

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- Full Board - different cuisines, Indonesian, International

- Has its own private bay and house reef

- Fantastic boat and giant camera rooms 

- 1 to 2 supreme dive master ratio

- Free wifi

- Aircon, private bathroom, terrace on every room

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