Alex Mustard

Underwater Photography Reboot Group 2

Course now fully subscribed


2020 has not been a classic year for underwater photographers. Alex Mustard has specially designed this four-part Masterclass to refresh all your core skills, reminding you of the best practice for macro, wide angle, composition and lighting underwater. Setting you up perfectly to produce stunning underwater images in 2021. The course is aimed both at photographers new to Alex’s teaching and those who have attended his workshops in the past but have not done as much underwater photography in the last months as usual! The Masterclass is limited to small numbers, with the same groups throughout the course, and interaction and questions are encouraged throughout the sessions.

This is a four-week course with Alex’s first Masterclass the dates for this Group 2 will be

Saturdays 7.00pm UK 16th,23rd,30th January and 6th February 2021.
The Introduction Meeting will be held at 7.00pm UK Friday 15th January.

Your subscription includes full access to all of Alex’s recorded presentations, and a dedicated course forum, where you can share your images related to each week’s topics, interact with other photographers taking the course and benefit from regular input from Alex. The course is preceded by a short introductory session from the team at Photography Experts.

The course is delivered on Zoom.


Alex will use images, some underwater video and practical demonstrations with underwater camera gear to aid teaching.
Each live masterclass is expected last around ninety minutes, allowing time for both Alex’s prepared material and interactive input from all attendees.

Introduction Time Zone London UK

Photography Experts will hold a short introductory event to give all subscribers a comprehensive introduction to how the Masterclass course will work. This will include a full tour of your subscriber features, your document and recording repository, and use of the forum features. There will also be tips on how to make the most of Zoom to fully participate in the live sessions, and engage with Alex and your fellow course members. Alex cannot attend this event because it coincides with the final judging of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021 contest! Access to technical support by Photography Experts will continue through the duration of the entire course.

Week 1 -Wide Angle Reset Time Zone London UK

Great wide angle photographs underwater rarely happen by accident. You don’t take them, you make them. In this first Masterclass session, Alex will deconstruction both the technical and artistic process behind taking stunning wide angle underwater, allowing you to build up to producing photos direct from the camera that people just can’t keep their eyes off. The session will cover equipment choices and configuration, optimal settings, subject selection, balancing lighting, and controlling framing and composition. The aim is to help you appreciate the importance of optimising each to truly master this discipline.

Week 2 - Macro Reset Time Zone London UK

Macro photography underwater is often regarded as easier than wide angle, but producing really standout images is just as difficult. The key is usually capturing a visually appealing subject framed against a background that enhances the photo without out competing the subject. Alex will explain the technical aspects of equipment selection for macro and supermacro, focus and framing, optimal settings, lighting techniques, find and choosing subjects and options for backgrounds. The aim is to put you in complete control of your macro pictures to regularly produce stunning and satisfying work.

Week 3 - Secrets of Composition Time London

Art is subjective, but in the photographically challenging underwater world there are ideas that work and ideas that don’t. Many popular underwater subjects that have compositions that don’t work and angles that truly unlock their photographic potential. Alex will cover the importance of viewpoint, orientation, picture format, and how to vary composition when shooting macro, fish portraits, big animals, wide angle scenics, wrecks, black and white and people underwater. The aim of this talk is to arm you with solutions that work. This talk doesn’t mention the ‘rule of thirds’ and instead focuses on compositions that show off underwater subjects to their best.

Week 4 - Light is Fundamental Time London

George Eastman of Kodak famously said “Know light, know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” Learning to master light underwater not only will allow you to work more effectively, but it will put you totally in charge of the look of your images. In this final session, Alex will explain how best to control light underwater, both the ambient light from the sun filtered down through the water and the ocean and the artificial light from flashes and LED lights that we take with us. There is no one correct way to illuminate underwater pictures and Alex will demonstrate how different lighting styles can transform different subjects and how to create them.

This Masterclass Subscription costs £165 for access to five live events, and all course material for 12 months. Subscriptions to this plan are non-refundable, and a registered Zoom membership is required to access the live events.