ON THE STAGES
What a line-up of guests the DIVER Group is assembling for DIVE 2019! As the event gets ever-closer we’re able to bring you more about the speakers appearing and what they plan to talk about.
For timings of appearances, which vary between Saturday and Sunday and may be subject to change, keep checking back here and on the timetables in the show hall.
The PHOTOZONE Stage
THE TRAVELLING PHOTOGRAPHER: KIT ESSENTIALS WITHIN THE WEIGHT LIMITS
Photo pro Mario Vitalini will show how he packs all the camera and dive kit he needs on an overseas trip, without running up a huge excess-baggage bill. Learn the secrets of stress-free packing to get the most out of your next photo trip!
U/W PHOTO COMPETITIONS: HELP OR HINDRANCE?
The promising title of this talk from one of the UK’s leading underwater photographers tackles the question of whether competitiveness (and bear in mind that Paul does organise such events) can be counter-productive for the entrants. His conclusions might surprise you, but whether you love or hate such competitions, he’ll also have plenty of advice on how to advance your own photographic abilities.
Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown
THE BIGGER PICTURE
Caroline and her husband Nick travel the world in search of exciting subjects, and plan to discuss wide-angle photography and how it can tell a story. They’ll share photos of encounters, and discuss how to get the shots.
10 TOP TIPS ON COMPOSITION
The title of this talk was that of the last that photographer and post-processing guru Saeed gave last year alongside the late Nigel Wade, and proved very popular. “It’s everything you wanted to know about composition but were afraid to ask,” says Saeed, who is also the man who co-ordinates the PhotoZone every year and ensures that visitors lack for nothing in that department.
Saeed Rashid & Simon Rogerson
THE DIGITAL CLINIC
Saeed Rashid has a special guest alongside him this year in the long-established Clinic, the forum that gives visiting underwater photographers the chance to put their pressing questions directly to the experts. Simon has many years’ experience as a leading underwater photo-journalist.
PHOTOGRAPHING ORCAS & OTHER APEX PREDATORS
Photographing big animals in the “snorkelling zone” is an art all by itself, and underwater and wildlife photographer Ellen is a highly skilled practitioner, with active membership of the elite Explorers Club among her many credentials. As well as talking about orcas in locations such as Norway she will cover big-animal photography all over the world, including the south Atlantic.
FABULOUS & FASCINATING: CELEBRATING BRITAIN’S HIDDEN WORLD
In UK marine biology they don’t come more eminent than Keith, who will tell the story of seabed exploration in Britain and illustrate some of the habitats that divers can discover – from the extreme wave exposure of Rockall to sheltered inlets, and from marine life on historic wrecks to that on reefs exposed to potentially scary eight-knot currents.
Marcus is another man without whom a Dive Show can hardly be described as complete, and recently his NoTanx freediving team has been carrying out more extreme-location breath-hold expeditions in Wales and elsewhere in Britain – he’ll talk us through some of them. “You don’t have to dive deep to enjoy freediving, and you don’t have to travel to the edges of the planet to do it either,” he says.
Alex Mustard & Martin Edge
Star billing goes to Britain’s two most illustrious underwater photographers. Teamed up on Saturday only, they reveal photos for the first time while looking at experimentation, or: “how we play with ideas, make steps forward and backward on the way to creating exciting new work”.
SHOTS IN THE SHALLOWS
Want to take eye-popping underwater images without venturing too deep – perhaps avoiding the need for strobes? Martin Edge goes solo on Sunday with a talk entitled ‘Shots in the Shallows’ – exploring the pros and cons of shallow-water environments for underwater photographers.
Paul ‘Duxy’ Duxfield
BACK TO THE FUTURE!
Over the years underwater photography and camera expert Duxy has helped countless newcomers, as well as more advanced snappers, to boost their skills and get more out of their photography. “I want to get back to underwater photography fundamentals and look at what equipment you can buy that will allow you to learn the basics properly but without breaking the bank,” he says.
OF SHARKS AND MAN
David Diley’s independent documentary about how he went to Fiji and dived with the sharks at the famed Beqa site was his first film, and it must have had one of the longest gestation periods in the history of that medium, though it finally made it to Amazon Prime this year. It’s as much about the man as the sharks, if not more, and his talk may serve as a corrective to anyone who thinks getting on screen is easy!
HOW TO CAPTURE REEF LIFE ‘AU NATUREL’
Many of the most successful wildlife diver-photographers were marine biologists with a deep understanding of animal behaviour, and Richard is no exception. He is best-known as a seahorse specialist, and seahorses are notoriously shy about having their pictures taken. So he’ll be looking at how to take photos that capture natural behaviour and cause minimal distress to the subjects.
A regular PhotoZone presenter, freelance photo-journalist Jane Morgan returns to the Dive Show with another UK-focused presentation. This time she picks out a selection of her favourite underwater photo subjects and dive-sites in the west of the British Isles – from Devon and Cornwall to Ireland.