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Jim Church School of UW Photography

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Photo Course Schedule
* $400 Add on course fee 


Rock Islands Aggressor (Palau)

(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
March 20, 2016 (10 nights)

Cayman Aggressor
(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
May 7, 2016 (7 nights)

Kona Aggressor II
(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
June 4, 2016 (7 nights)

Bahamas Aggressor
(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
July 23, 2016 (7 nights)

Galapagos Aggressor
(Mike Haber)
August 11, 2016 (7 nights)

Red Sea Aggressor
(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
October 29, 2016 (7 nights)

Humpback Whale Snorkel Charter
Turks & Caicos Aggressor II

(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
February 4, 2017 (7 nights)

Sri Lanka Aggressor
Snorkel with Whales & Dolphin - Colombo
(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
April 1, 2017 (7 nights)

Maldives Aggressor
(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
April 9, 2017 (7 nights)

Cayman Aggressor IV
(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
May 20 - 27, 2017 (7 nights)

Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
June 24-July 1, 2017 (7 nights)

Bahamas Aggressor
Tiger Beach Itinerary
(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
July 15 - 22, 2017 (7 nights)

Galapagos Aggressor
(Mike Haber)
August 3 - 10, 2017 (7 nights)

Indo Aggressor
(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
October 13 - 23, 2017 (10 nights)


Humpback Whale Snorkel Charter
Turks & Caicos Aggressor II

(Mike Haber)
February 10 - 17, 2018 (7 nights)

Palau Aggressor II
(Mike Haber)
March 18 - 25, 2018 (7 nights)

Belize Aggressor III
(Mike Haber)
June 9 - 16, 2018 (7 nights)

Bahamas Aggressor
Tiger Beach Itinerary
(Mike Mesgleski & Mike Haber)
July 7 - 14, 2018 (7 nights)

Galapagos Aggressor
(Mike Haber)
August 9 - 16, 2018 (7 nights)

Bahamas Aggressor
(Mike Haber)
September 8 - 18, 2018 (10 nights)

Raja Ampat Aggressor
(Mike Mesgleski)
(to be announced)
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for the beginner to the advanced...

Spend a week with Mike & Mike and you'll quckly improve your photography skills. Group presentations are given every day covering a variety of subjects such as:
  • Camera Settings
  • Metering
  • Lighting
  • Composition
  • Equipment Seletion
  • Digital Post Production    
Mike and Mike work with each guest  one-on-one with their camera equipment topside and below. While underwater, they help set up shots, check composition, find subjects and pose for photos. This is all part of the way they teach to help students get the shot. They are 100% dedicated in teaching guests how to get awesome photos.

Meet Your Instructors, Mike Mesgleski and Mike Haber
Mike and Mike own the Jim Church School of Underwater Photography. They worked side by side with their dear friend Jim Church teaching underwater photography for over 22 years. After Jim passed away, he wanted to be sure they continued doing what they love and left them the rights to the school. Today they are very proud to continue his professional legacy.

Mike MesgleskiMike Mesgleski has been teaching Underwater Photography for over 22 years, helping students create thousands of beautiful images of the underwater world. He has been in business repairing underwater photo equipment since 1988. Among his awards, Mike is a recipient of the prestigious SSI Platinum Pro certification. Mike HaberMike Haber, also a qualified instructor, is a professional photographer topside & underwater. His base of operations starts in Miami and extends almost around the world. Mike’s studio subjects and nature images reflect the wide range of his photographic skill and creativity. Mike is proud to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Life Preservation Society.

Join The Fun!
Great diving, a relaxed atmosphere and lots of fun, all combined with a comprehensive course in U/W photography. This is an enjoyable, learning vacation you can’t miss, and one you won’t forget for many years.

Beginning Underwater Photographer
Mike & Mike are the most patient and understanding instructors you’ll ever meet. They’ll start you with their “this is the front of the camera” talk. They will simplify all the numbers and terms with easy to understand examples.

Experienced Underwater Photographer
Master a new piece of equipment or develop a new technique with the 2 Mikes guiding you along the way. You’ll be with other experienced photographers, sharing information, shooting tips and ideas. 

Photography Course
The “hands-on” teaching style focuses on the student’s photography the entire week. Topside, in between dives, they conduct daily group presentations in the salon and then work with each guest one-on-one.

The Digital Darkroom is a new element that has has been added to the Jim Church School of Underwater Photography courses. The Digital Darkroom program is an add-on to the standard Photo Class lessons. Every one of us has spent many hours at the computer working on images, trying to improve them. The Digital Darkroom program is designed to show you how to accomplish this correctly and efficiently. For example, cloning and repairing are not just about removing backscatter or sensor dust.  Sometimes it’s necessary to remove or reposition entire image elements such as divers, fish or even the sun itself.  Sometimes from one image to another.  We will teach you just how easy this is.

Post Production Principals
Archiving, Editing, Histograms, Color Space, White Balance... all new terms introduced to Underwater Photography via the digital age. And, we now have a new camera accessory to incorporate, a computer. Mike & Mike bring it all together in full presentations and in small groups. They’ll show you how to edit, archive & present your work. It’s not just for digital photographers. Mike & Mike travel with a slide scanner - film shooters learn digital techniques too!

We will demonstrate the following subjects using the most current versions of Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Bridge and Apple Aperture. 

This includes:

  • Color Correction 
  • Cloning and Repairing 
  • Color Management 
  • Adjustment Layers 
  • Sharpening 
  • Dodging and Burning 
  • Cropping 
  • B&W Conversion
Video Course
With the increasing popularity of digital video and the advances in high definition video camera systems, Mike & Mike are bringing their highly effective hands-on teaching techniques to the world of underwater videography.

Like their successful school of underwater still photography, Mike & Mike will conduct daily group presentations in the salon as well as work with you individually with your video equipment. Underwater, they will help you set up shots, find subjects and even pose for you.  After a week of their instruction and personal help, you’re sure to take home your underwater video masterpiece and have a fun time doing it! 

Among the many subjects that will be covered:

  • Digital Basics
  • A Look at Equipment (Camera formats, housings, ports, etc...)
  • Camera Settings (Which functions are most important for UW shooting)
  • Demystifying White Balance
  • Composition
  • Shooting Techniques
  • Lighting
  • Comprehensive Post Production - including editing with Adobe Premier and Apple Final Cut