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liquid motion underwater photo school

Liquid Motion Academy offers truly enlightened teaching, that raises the bar in photography instruction and opens new vistas of where to take image-making, topside as well as underwater. Every detail was tailored to me, and focused always on what, to me, is most important. There is no substitute..."
(Jeremy Cohen USA)

 

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

 

THE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER

A great picture is a moment of creative genius, backed up by a flawless technique. Know your camera the way a painter knows his brushes. Manipulate light, depth of field and compose your image perfectly. Capture the emotions you want people to feel.

Ten Modules:

1. The Making of a Picture 6. Creative Macro-Photography  
2. Composition 7. Long Exposure  
3. Depth of Field 8. Portrait  
4. Point of View 9. Fashion  
5. The Light 10. Street Photography  


Private, land-based instruction, one on one with award-winning Photographer. Customized and tailored to your unique personal interests, wishes and goals. Beginner, Intermediate or Professional.

 

THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER

Get the very best from your camera and your shooting. Go beyond underwater snapshots, learn to capture behaviour and emotion for the making of a truly great photograph. The Underwater Photographer consists of 10 dives with a globally acclaimed Photographer, assisting, advising and sharing greatly valuable instruction before, during and after the dives, covering all aspects of camera management, including composition, angles, movement, stability and settings - all tailored to your individual skill-set and goals.

Five Modules
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1. The Making of a great Picture 4. Macro  
2. Depth of field & Point of View 5. Wide Angle  
3. Lighting    

Five days/5 Specialty Modules/10 dives. Each module includes pre-dive coaching session, 2 dives with Photo Instructor, post-dive de-brief & coaching. All instruction is private, one on one with award-winning Photographer, customized and tailored to your unique personal interests, experience and goals. Beginner, Intermediate or Professional. Can be taken customized, per module, or in full.

 

THE PHOTO EDITOR

Photography is an art. Today, we can shoot a picture, develop it to achieve the desired look and effect and ultimately reveal the emotions and feelings of the shot. Whether you shoot topside or underwater, learn to give the best TLC to your photos. With 10 modules taking you from colour correction, backscatter removal, depth of field and exposure adjustment to image composite and reconstruction, this is a no-nonsense approach to the art of editing. Learn Photoshop and Lightroom workflow to enhance, develop and expand your art.

Ten Modules:

1. Colour Correction 6. Lightroom Workflow    
2. Differential Colour Correction 7. Lightroom Editing  
3. Depth of Field Adjustment 8. Lightroom Advanced Editing (brush & filters)    
4. Backscatter 9. Lightroom to Photoshop & workflow    
5. Composite 10. Photo Reconstruction    


Private, land-based instruction, one on one with award-winning Editor. Customized and tailored to your unique experience and skill-set. Beginner, Intermediate or Professional.

 

THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Do you want to go all the way? Do you want to reach the professional level, without numerous semesters, years, and group classes?

Learn the fine art of Photography, from topside to underwater. Prioritise your creativity and make photographs charged with emotion, that trigger deep feelings in the viewer.

This 3 or 4 part career-focused program is a full 'fast track' internship, the complete A-Z of becoming a professional Photographer, covering all aspects required for a career in Photography - with the option of taking it all underwater.

Pursue your passion, live your dream, and make it your life - on your own terms.

PART 1. PHOTOGRAPHY
topside

10 modules/10 hrs minimum, with assignments.

From street photography to fashion shoots, the fundamental basics to advanced, creative work, this section implements vital photographic knowledge, whilst enhancing artistic vision and creative image development.

PART 2.
EDITING

10 modules/10 hrs minimum, with assignments.

Implements image enhancement and manipulation, including a strong foundation for colour coordination & control (a must, especially for underwater photography) and ultimate image mastery, to annihilate all boundaries of creativity.

PART 3.
UNDERWATER
PHOTOGRAPHY

5 modules/2 dives per module. Count 5 days/minimum 6 hours per day.

Part 3 is the ultimate development in underwater photography to step away from ‘fish ID’ and begin your unique creative underwater photography journey.
(Also covers camera, equipment handling, light management, different angles, marine life approach,non-destructive camera techniques).

PART 4.
'BEYOND'
PHOTOGRAPHY

Optional*

The apogy of image creation. Unleash your creativity and step into fluo photography, painting, brush-art and beyond. From concept to delivery, create your own totally unique Works.

 

Total minimum time 50-60 hours. One on one instruction with globally acclaimed, award-winning Photographer.
Tailored and customized, to fit your unique experience, personal goals and time. Can be taken in stages, or in full.

 

"Across ten days of image making, the pace was always tailored to my personal interests, aptitude and energy. Every single detail was tailored to me,
and focused always on what, to me, is most important"...

(Jeremy Cohen PhD)

 

“Creating something wonderful, in a passionate state of flow – these are some of the happiest moments of our lives"
"I unequivocally recommend these Photo Programs as a complete, professional and exceptional learning experience"..
Bob Hudak, USA.

 

ENROLLMENT - ADMISSION - TUITION

 

 

 

UNDERWATER WORKSHOPS & MASTERCLASSES

 

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER MASTERCLASS
1 DAY - ENTRY LEVEL or INTERMEDIATE


ENTRY LEVEL MASTERCLASS - 1 DAY
Make great underwater photos, fast, with private instruction tailored and customized to your needs and goals. Get away from the crowds. Dive with renowned Photographer Guy Chaumette, who will work with you one-on-one, assisting with camera equipment topside and below, finding subjects, setting up shots, positioning, composition, and helping you get the very best out of your camera. By-pass hours of wasted dive time - instead get top-notch photography guidance and learn how to make awesome photos directly, from one of the best Underwater Photographers in the world.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL MASTERCLASS - 1 DAY
Ready to reach the next level, pursue your passion, rekindle the excitement, be inspired? This is for you. Master your equipment, so it responds perfectly to your vision. Sharpen your skills. Learn to understand, use and manipulate the light, to breathe emotion into your photos. Experiment with angles, and positioning. Capture unique expressions, feelings and behaviour. Be creative. Be inspired. One-on-one, private, tailored instruction, on land and underwater.

CUSTOM WORKSHOP - 1 DAY
Focusing on subjects you personally want to master, this is about you, and about thinking outside the box.
Explore colours, textures, patterns. Warm and cold. Move away from fish ID, into emotions, feelings, and a uniquely creative realm. Make engaging photographs, develop your own artistic style. One-on-one Workshop, topside and underwater, with world-famous Photographer, customized and tailored to your personal interests, wishes and goals.

 

EDITING WORKSHOP
1/2 DAY ENTRY LEVEL or INTERMEDIATE


ENTRY LEVEL - 1/2 DAY

One of the primary post editing skills for underwater photography is colour correction, and often colours need different adjustements in different areas of the picture. Understand Photoshop interface and workflow. Work with colour correction, differential colour correction, and depth of field using masking layers. Getting the perfect shot using modern digital crop sensor cameras is not easy. Learn the techniques to control it all, post-dive.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL - 1/2 DAY
After colour balance, a primary concern with underwater photography is how to 'clean a photo' and make it perfect. Learn to get rid of backscatter using different tools. Understand Lightroom, and the workflow between Lightroom & Photoshop. Discover how to salvage two or more ‘not so good' pictures, by blending them into a one really awesome photograph.

CUSTOM - 1/2 DAY
Did you ever shoot a picture, but a diver placed himself in your shot? Is there a piece of coral or a fish masking your primary subject? Do you have old scanned photo that you need to bring it back to life? Master image restoration, remove unwanted elements from a shot and reconstruct the photo underneath. Learn to manipulate light, shadows and forms to enhance your photography, reinforce emotion and trigger feelings in the viewer. Your choice - You Choose.

 



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V.I.P. DIVING & SPECIALS

 

V.I.P. LUXURY PRIVATE (PHOTO) GUIDING
OPEN CIRCUIT SCUBA or REBREATHER


Liquid Motions renowned, award-winning Photographer offers a unique, exceptional adventure. Dive one-on-one with a legend. No crowds. No rules. Just You.

V.I.P. Private Photography Diving is a luxury diving experience, customized and tailored to you, your interests, experience-level, dreams and goals. Whether a working professional, or a new camera operator, make awesome photos on the worlds most photogenic reefs. Enjoy the most ultimate, unparalleled scuba diving, with 100% customized, top-notch photography guidance.

First Class, exclusive diving - A true luxury service, which starts by understanding your photographic needs and desires, and is meticulously planned, to deliver the private diving of a lifetime.

"From the perspective of  someone who has served on a major research university's science diving safety board and who initially earned an underwater instructor rating in 1975, its worth noting that Guy is exactly the private diving buddy you always hope for — an incredible Instructor, safe, professional, and even underwater, always there with an ever-encouraging smile. Thank you".....
Jeremy Cohen, PhD

Cozumel Rebreather / Tech - Dive Cozumel's famous marine parks on CCR with full support, and your own private, professional rebreather guide.

The Academy can organise your O2 and diluent, softnolime and bailout, provide assistance with your equipment, plan and organise all dives to fit your requirements. (NB Private boat highly recommended, for ultra long dives and complete, timeless freedom). Pure. Water. Silence. A luxury, exclusive service, for rebreather divers.

V.I.P. PRIVATE GLOBAL
30 years catering to unique individuals and super-yachts

The ultimate in freedom and exclusivity, for private individuals all over the globe.

Dive privately, in ultimate luxury, one-on-one with your own underwater Mentor. Explore an elusive, magical world. Experience unparalleled underwater adventures, with one of the most acclaimed Artists and leading divers of our time.

Get to the heart of your underwater photography. Achieve your dreams. Be uplifted, inspired, alive. Anytime. Anywhere.

Unwavering professional service and a truly luxurious experience, in the most remote, unexplored places on earth.

 

*VIP* BUCKET LIST DIVING - PRIVATE BULL SHARKS

"What an incredible experience! My wonderful underwater Director Guy's level of expertise and attention to safety let me easily trust him with my life and my performance. He helped me make memories of a lifetime!..."
Kimberly Leemans, Actress, Los Angeles

For the Underwater Photographer, there are goals to achieve, dreams to fulfill and life experiences to live before you die.


VIP PRIVATE BULL SHARK PHOTO EXPERIENCE - November - March

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(*Based on availability - Pre-booking required)

Our VIP Bucket List list has just been started. Please keep checking, we will add to it as we discover the worlds best moments to capture.

 


FISH BEHAVIOUR SPECIALTY COURSE
(Scientist endorsed - PADI distinctive Specialty)


Originally designed to capitalise on dive time for Photographers, the acclaimed ‘Fish Behaviour’ course is exclusive to the Academy and the ultimate for anyone with an interest in underwater natural history and animal behaviour. Feeding, mating, courtship, building a home, egg laying, territorial displays.. learn to understand fish behaviour, anticipate what is really going on and be ready to 'capture' the action, before it happens. Avoid traveling thousands of miles to miss a shot. Instead, use your limited ‘wet’ time to get the photographs you dream of making.

The result of a lifetime studying and filming animals on the coral reef, this is a fun presentation, which is illustrated by photos and movies designed and presented by the multiple award-winning Photographer-Author. The course is in 2 parts: the lecture - a two hour media rich presentation unique and exclusive to the Academy, and 2 optional dives, which can be taken independently (*and must be completed to get the PADI certification). An eye opener, showing you an entirely new way to see marine animals and developing a marine life awareness second to none.

UNDERWATER FLUORESCENCE PHOTOGRAPHY


The one and only course in the world! After the thrill of fluo-diving, comes the ultimate challenge of fluo-photography. Mind-blowing images.. but not easy.. This globally unique course takes you back to premier ocean discovery and is designed and taught personally by the world Pioneers of fluo-diving and underwater fluorescent imaging.

The course includes lecture, film, briefing, pre-dive consultation, light source review, camera excitation filter for strobe (converting strobe to near UV), barrier filters for camera (preventing excitation light from reaching the film, to record only fluo emissions), camera and ISO settings review, shooting angles recommendation and Private Instructor to assist with placement and shooting. Cut through the pitfalls of fluorescent photography and get straight to the core of this pioneering genre. From hardware preparation to film delivery, this is a globally unique course about capturing the magical world of fluorescence.

(NB* We recommend the dive is followed by one hour of fluorescence editing. Colour correction skills are vital to get the most of your fluo photography. Make the photos of a lifetime!)

*must have solid experience in night diving, great buoyancy, good knowledge of your camera. Conditions apply.
**Subject to availability

COZUMEL LAND 'PHOTO-SAFARI'

iPAD - TABLET COURSES

PRIVATE PROFESSIONAL COACHING
COZUMEL - ON-LINE

 

"When I booked the one week Underwater Photographer course with Liquid Motion Academy in Cozumel, I expected good instruction and diving practice - what I got was so much more. Guy is truly a teacher and an artist, whose passion for his work is clear. His professional experience and vast knowledge allowed me to learn fundamentals I needed, and then discover the underwater world in entirely new ways. From the well-organized academics, topside photography work, the underwater work and the outstanding Fish Behavior course, to VIP diving and executing the new techniques - I recommend taking as many modules as possible - (I took them all, the full course!!) - they are all absolutely excellent!".
(Jana Johnson June 2015)

 

 

Everything we do is luxuriously tailored to you. To fit your personal schedule, your needs, and your goals. The Academy takes just one guest at a time. All instruction is private and customized to your unique personal experience, interests, wishes and goals.
(*In special cases, the Academy can accept another family member to join your course/class, or provide a group instruction. Please contact us for a (free) consultation)

Welcome to a unique circle of individuals. To Freedom. Exploration. Passion. Unwavering professional service and a truly luxurious experience.


ENROLLMENT - ADMISSION - TUITION

 


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