Phil has been scuba diving for over 30 years and has been taking digital pictures underwater for over 15 of those. In that time, he’s dived around the world, including the UK, Egypt, Indonesia, the Maldives and Australia. Along with his wife Anne, he turned his interest into a business in 2017 and now they own Alphamarine Photography Ltd, an underwater photography training and retail company.
They have a highly rated blog on their website alphamarinephoto.com and a Facebook Q & A group with over 2,000 members worldwide. They’ve written on underwater photography for Scuba Diver magazine and have presented on the subject at every Go Diving Show since the event started. Their workshops and online courses on underwater photography and photo editing attract students from around the world.
Phil’s expertise ranges from getting the best from budget-friendly compact cameras to using the latest high-end mirrorless options. His experience as a retailer gives him a much broader knowledge base than many underwater photographers when it comes to the equipment in use.
Before running Alphamarine Photography full time, Phil worked in health care for over 25 years. During that time much of his role involved teaching skills to adults and he brings this experience as well as Anne’s expertise as a university lecturer to how the workshops are designed and taught.
Phil will be hosting his first underwater photography workshop in conjunction with The Scuba Place at Scandi Divers in May 2024. With a blend of formal and informal coaching, Phil will conduct both group and one-to-one instruction. A daily talk will cover topics such as Understanding Exposure, Composition and Lighting, Shooting in Manual Mode, Equipment and Post-production.
Phil will make himself available to answer questions, give advice and conduct ad hoc teaching sessions throughout the workshop. He will also have some demo equipment to try such as wet lenses and strobes. And everyone participating in the workshop will have the opportunity to have one on one time with Phil where he can review your images and give you specific advice. The aim of Phil's workshop is for everyone to be happier with the pictures they are getting at the end of the trip than they were at the start.
Puerto Galera is situated on the Verde Passage, which is widely recognised as one of the most bio-diverse bodies of water on the planet. It contains more varieties of fish than the Red Sea and more varieties of hard and soft corals than the Great Barrier Reef! There are wrecks, caves, muck dives, shallow coral fields, and drift dives. Plenty of opportunities for both wide angle and macro photography.
The Scuba Place photography Workshop with Phil Medcalf
Scandi Divers – Puerto Galera Philippines
Departs Saturday 25 May 2024
Itinerary highlights :
· Return flights London Heathrow to Manila vis Dubai on Emirates Airlines departing 25 May 2024
· One night accommodation in Manila
· Nine nights at Scandi Divers Resort in selected room type with full board
· Eight days diving with three boat dives and one night dive per day
· Verde Island excursion with lunch and one hour massage session included
· Photo Workshop with Phil Metcalf of Alphamarine Photography with daily talks, group and one to one coaching, ad hoc teaching sessions and advice
· All transfers and taxes
from £2,549 per person based on double occupancy
Check out the full itinerary and brochure here.