I started diving in 2001 when he lived in the UK and by the end of 2002 had worked my way up the ladder to Divemaster in chilly English waters . I got my first underwater camera, an Olympus compact, in March 2003 before a trip to the Red Sea where my first underwater photos were taken. Later that year I left the U… Read More
I started diving in 2001 when he lived in the UK and by the end of 2002 had worked my way up the ladder to Divemaster in chilly English waters . I got my first underwater camera, an Olympus compact, in March 2003 before a trip to the Red Sea where my first underwater photos were taken. Later that year I left the UK to travel, heading first to Thailand where I worked as a Dive Master, then onto Australia where I worked on the Whaleshark Eco-Tours running out of Ningaloo Reef, WA. After some more travelling I returned to Thailand at the end of 2004, going back to Crystal Dive Resort on Koh Tao, where I spent a further year learning the trade.
In May 2006, whilst I was back in the UK for a year, I travelled to the Bahamas to shoot Tiger Sharks and caught a severe dose of camera envy, as everybody else aboard the boat had DSLR rigs. Back then there was a huge divide between the quality of DSLR’s and compact camera systems, so upon my return it didn’t take long before I had bitten the bullet and invested in a Nikon D200 with various lenses, a Subal housing with appropriate ports, and a pair of Inon strobes, together with all the accompanying arms and sync cords (incurring a slightly depleted bank balance in the process).
At the end of 2006 I left the UK heading back to Koh Tao to complete the PADI Instructor Course & Master Scuba Diver Training program with Crystal Dive Resort. I then continued to work there as a full-time Instructor up until April 2008, gaining invaluable experience in teaching diving to hundreds of students. I then got offered a job as a Dive Guide for a trip to Myanmar (Burma) in April 2008, and following a successful cruise was offered the Trip Manager position for the boats Indonesian season. So I headed off to Kalimantan, aboard the live-aboard vessel MY Panunee, cruising the waters of Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban and Maratua, getting quite a bit of camera-time in along the way.
At the end of the season, I took a job as Photo Pro, Instructor and Dive Guide at Atlantis Dive Resort in Puerto Galera, Philippines. Over the next two and a half years I built up the Photo Department at the resort running photo classes and workshops, taking memorable images for the guests and providing advertising images for the company. In December 2010 I relocated to Atlantis’ sister resort in Dauin, Dumaguete and took over as head of the Photo Department, developing the courses that he had previously created and writing outlines for new courses. I also pioneered fluorescent night dives and fluorescent underwater photography in the Philippines, introducing this unique dive experience to hundreds of divers and capturing images of previously unknown fluorescence in marine creatures. During my time in the Philippines, I had the pleasure of working with many professional underwater photographers & videographers, observing them at work and learning all along the way. In just under four years at Atlantis I managed a lot of time underwater with my camera, developing my skills and building an impressive portfolio.
In May 2012 I decided it was time to leave Atlantis and set up my own company, so returned to where it all began, the beautiful tropical island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. Dive4Photos was born with the aim of providing top-quality underwater photography training from an experienced underwater photographer. I also run overseas Digital Underwater Photography Workshops, in the critter hot-spots of Anilao in the Philippines & Lembeh Straights in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
I have had numerous images published in Sport Diver, Scuba Diving and The Undersea Journal, as well as having images published in mainstream media and displayed at exhibitions in the UK. I regularly contribute articles on underwater photography techniques to Scuba Diver TTL, DIVE Magazine, UWP Magazine and DivePhotoGuide. Read Less