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Underwater Photography Clinic

Join ABC featured underwater photographer Kris Chan’s clinic to learn how to take better underwater photos!

About the Photography Clinic


Join our in house ABC features underwater photography expert and PADI instructor Kris Chan to learn what it takes to take that magical leafy sea dragon photo, where the dragon seems to pop out of the photo, or that beautiful action shot of a ray or cuttlefish coming over the top of you!


We’ll dive deep into the theory of underwater photography and the camera settings that can give you your desired results, while focussing on the key points of underwater photography (exposure, composition, lighting and post production).

No prior photography experience is required for this clinic, as Kris will discuss all the fundamentals and will answer any questions you may have during and after the clinic!


Whether you dive with a GoPro, a compact like the Olympus TG-series or a high end DSLR camera, there is always a lot to learn!

After the theory night, there is the option to book Kris for a private or group photography dive as well of course, for hands on guidance on photography and critter spotting.

Focus points

The technicality of a camera is probably to hardest to grasp at first, your expert instructor will dive deep into the explanation of this portion and make sure you can navigate through the settings confidently

Believe it or not, where you place your subject and how you position your camera has significant impact on the outcome of your photograph. Learn to compose an image to tell a story

Learning the difference between natural and artificial lighting, and how it affects the feel of an image

Now that you have an image you like and want to take to the next level, learn how to manipulate the lighting to get your ideal results.

During the theory clinic, these will be the 4 focus points. If you have a specific interest or question beforehand or would like Kris to help you with a specific setting or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us beforehand, so Kris can include it in the setup and slides of the clinic!

Why sign up for a clinic?

Our clinics are tailor made! The instructor on your clinic is an expert in the field of the specific topics covered in your clinic and loves to share his knowledge and passion with you. Clinics are hand on experiences, so there is no homework to be done beforehand! Rental gear is not included in the clinics, but can be rented for the day of course.

Clinic Overview

In the Photography Clinic instructor Kris Chan will cover the following:

  • Shooting JPEG vs RAW
  • The Exposure Triangle
  • Composition
  • Camera Modes & Settings
  • Lighting (Natural vs. Artifical)
  • Focussing
  • Post Production (Adobe Lightroom)
Underwater Photograph Clinic Shot Kris Chan

Course Schedule

The Underwater Photography Clinic is an action-packed night where instructor Kris Chan will cover a lot of theory to get you the best opportunity to take beautiful underwater photographs and learn from one of the best!


Things to bring:

  • Your Underwater Camera Setup


Weekday Night6:00PM-9:00PMTheory Session
Underwater Photography Clinic Cuttlefish Shot

Add a dive to your clinic!

Kris is an amazing critter spotter and would love to teach you how he finds the critters and takes his (macro and wide angle) photos on an open water dive!

To join the open water dive, you will need an underwater camera setup and a full set of gear. Dives are not included, but can be arranged with Kris during the clinic!

Dives can be arranged in a group or privately.

Frequently Asked Questions

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You can collect a physical gift voucher from the store or simply purchase one through our online store from the comfort of your home.

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The photography clinic can be taken by anyone, but the minimum requirement for the open water dive is a PADI Open Water Diver certification. 

Have you completed your Open Water or Advanced Open Water Diver certification with a different agency? We recognise most other training agencies, such as SSI or RAID. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

The photography clinic is a dry (theory only) clinic, but a dive can be added to the clinic. If you would like to dive with instructor Kris Chan, rest assured, he has taught the youngest kids all the way up to 70 years old to dive, so don’t think you need to be superfit to participate in this course!

There are no waterman skills (swims or floats) to complete before the clinic dive, but you have to be comfortbale in the water of course and be able to carry the equipment (including a tank and weights).

All participants need to fill out a dive medical questionnaire before the course. Simply follow the steps on the form to determine whether you will need clearance to start your course. We recommend SPUMS Diving Dr Anne Sampson from Hallett Cove for dive medicals (Mobile: 0418 803 250).

The minimum number of participants for us to run a Clinic is 3. If you would like to sign up with your dive buddies on a specific date, please contact us to schedule an extra course or imply look at the course schedule for all upcoming clinics.

The minimum age to do this clinic with us is 12 years old.

Whether you’re sick, got COVID19, need to isolate or can’t make the proposed course dates anymore, you can reschedule at any time before the clinic for any reason.

To reschedule, we will charge a small rescheduling fee of $25. As soon as a clinic spot is booked, we reserve a company van and a classroom for the clinic. The rescheduling fee will be used to cover the costs.

The Undewater Photography Clinic is run over a single evening. Any additional dives can be organised when it suits you with instructor Kris Chan.

Please block the whole evening in your agenda for the clinic, as usually they run from 6PM to at least 9PM.

*Extra fees apply for added open water dives

Please note there is no certification for this clinic, as it’s a theory clinic purely focussed on improving your photography skills.

This clinic is meant for underwater photographers that own an underwater camera setup, such as a GoPro, compact (such as an Olympus TG) or a DSLR system.

We recommend bringing your camera setup to the clinic.

Booking Terms & Conditions

No shows, cancellations and transfers

  1. If you cancel your clinic on or within 7 days of the start date of the clinic, no refund will be given.
  2. If you cancel your clinic 7+ days before the start date, a cancellation fee of $25 will apply. 
  3. If you fail to attend your clinic without notification, no refund will be given.
  4. You may reschedule your clinic before the course starts at any time and for any reason (including sickness, not completing eLearning in time and  COVID-19 related issues such as isolation). A $25 rescheduling fee will apply.
  5. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions on the dive medical questionnaire, clearance to dive by a SPUMS dive doctor will have to be provided at the start of the clinic (stating you are fit to dive unconditionally). Failure to do so will result in a $25 rescheduling fee.
  6. You may transfer the clinic to someone else at no charge before the start of the clinic. 
  7. All instructions are provided in English only. You are required to be proficient in English. Other students cannot translate on behalf of your instructor (no translation services can be used).
  8. If you fail to complete the clinic during the scheduled times, a $25 rescheduling fee will be payable to complete the clinic at a later date.
  9. You need to be comfortable in the water and have dived in recent years if you would like to sign up for the additional open water dive. If you’re not comfortable in the water or are not sure, please contact us beforehand or book a Refresher Course first. Failure to do so may result in clinic cancellation without refund and rebooking will be at full cost.
  10. Clinics must be completed within 90 days of the original start date.
  11. Under 18’s must have a parental waiver signed by parent/guardian on or before the start day of the clinic.
  12. All fees are per person.
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