Underwater Videography / Photography courses in El Nido, Philippines

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Located in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Fisheye Underwater Productions offers a unique opportunity to explore the pristine reefs of Bacuit Bay while learning how to use a camera underwater. Offering a range of courses from a three-day ‘Discover Photography/Videography’ to the 15-day ‘Pro Underwater Videographer’ course which is sanctioned by PADI.



The Philippines

El Nido’s Bacuit Bay is one of the Philippines' richest and most beautiful marine protected areas.

'The Nest' is famous for both diving and ‘Island hopping’ tours with hidden lagoons, dramatic limestone cliffs and pristine beaches dotted all around the multiple islands.

El Nido1Cuttlefish, Abdeens Reef; jacks at North Rock and filming yellow snappers at South Miniloc

During your course you can encounter many species and dive multiple different dive sites with a wide array of coral types.

South Miniloc is one of the highlight dives with a beautiful school of yellow snapper gathering over cabbage corals. At North Rock you can see the majestic school of jacks hunting glass fish and Abdeen’s Reef has some beautifully untouched corals where you can film the local cuttlefish.

All year round you have a good chance to see turtles, different types too like the green and hawksbill turtles. When the waters are cooler, El Nido hosts different species of ghost pipe fish like the ornate, robust and alameda. Frogfish also have a season and can be spotted on multiple different dive sites.

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Ornate ghostpipefish; shooting a nudibranch and Paradise beach

In some of the ‘confined areas’ such as Paradise Beach which are mainly used to teach new divers skills in the sand, you can find some amazing macro life, seahorses, shrimps galore and if your very lucky the amazing flamboyant cuttlefish and the blueringed, coconut and mimic octopus!



1-3 day Discover Photography or Videography 

An introduction to diving underwater with a camera! With buoyancy techniques and lessons in composition, approaching animals correctly and getting that all-important ‘blue background’. This course is adaptable to the level of the students. Minimum requirement is open water diver level diver.

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7-day Natural Light Photography 

Over the period of one week you can enjoy learning to dive with a high-end digital compact camera and learn how to capture the underwater life in all its glory and colour.

Using only natural light you will learn about composition, focus, advanced buoyancy techniques, how to assess marine life behaviour and even use our macro lens to capture the smallest animals and details.

You will also learn photo-editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop. 

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Over the week you will have six diving days altogether and one full edit day to introduce you to Photoshop. The course is intensive with the schedule normally involving three dives in the day and then editing the photos in the late afternoon. 

All the skills learnt in this course can be applied to any camera underwater and it is a great introduction to underwater photography. We provide Canon G7X camera with Nauticam housing for this course and also a computer system for learning editing practices. 

** An additional few days to learn the use of strobes is also available.

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15-day Pro Underwater Videographer 

During our Pro Videographer course, you will learn how to master the buoyancy, filming and editing skills necessary to become a pro underwater videographer.

This 15-day course starts from the beginning and keeps adding skills while you get used to diving with a camera.

After every day of diving we create a three-minute movie of your footage set to music. As your skill set gets bigger, your videos get better!

By the end of the 21 dives, you will have the foundation knowledge to film your own professional short movies. To complete the course you will also create a showreel to show off your best shots to friends, family and potential employers. This course is solely about filming techniques, editing practices and filming the ocean and its life.

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Course program
- Advanced buoyancy skills
- Underwater video basics: manual white balance, manual focus, framing
- Core videography skills: scening, travel shots, macro, cutaway and transition shots
- Editing techniques and advanced editing techniques
- Camera maintenance

Professional HD video cameras are provided with Aquatica housings and also a computer system for learning editing practices. 
The course is sanctioned by PADI; therefore, at the end of the course you will receive an official PADI certification card.

Minimum requirement for this course is PADI Advanced diver (or equivalent) with 60-logged dives.

Here is an example showreel of a student, produced after just 15 days of using a camera underwater.

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