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A photo course with the Jim Church School of Underwater Photography remains the World’s Best and most enjoyable way to learn how to become great at underwater photography and video.
For almost thirty years, Aggressor Fleet have been the exclusive home of the Jim Church School of Underwater Photography. This partnership has trained hundreds of underwater photographers in some of the most beautiful dive destinations in the world.
Mike & Mike have helped their students create thousands of beautiful images. And with the skills they learned from Mike & Mike, those students continue to create beautiful images long after they have left their workshops.
From the beginner to the advanced photographer Mike and Mike will help you quickly improve your photography skills.
Group presentations are given every day covering a variety of subjects such as:
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. They will review your goals at the beginning of every trip and work with you throughout the week to achieve those goals.
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 23 years. They continue Jim’s great professional legacy as a teacher and like Jim they find the greatest satisfaction in making certain that their students receive the finest instruction possible.
No Better Way to Learn! 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.rn
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. Regardless of your skill or equipment level, they will make your system work for you.
Master a new piece of equipment or develop a new technique with the Mikes guiding you along the way. You’ll be with other experienced photographers, sharing information, shooting tips and ideas.
Experienced Underwater Photographer
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 time tested element of 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.
They will demonstrate the following subjects using the most current versions of Adobe Lightroom, PhaseOne Capture One, Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Bridge and Apple Photos & Aperture. They also will introduce you to late breaking software as it appears on the market.
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 presentations and 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: