Over two years ago we met up with Preeda from Clidive BSAC 410 at a dive show and got chatting about underwater photography. She kindly asked us to come down and do a talk to her club and we readily agreed. However, due to all our overseas travels, we never quite made the dates work and so it took us all this time to get it planned. We were delighted they had persevered and travelled down to London by train, looking forward to the evening ahead.
The Clidive Lecture Series take place at a charming bar called the Troy Bar, in the Shoreditch area of London. Whilst the members and guests ordered some of the Caribbean dishes this place is renowned for, we setup our presentation and camera gear. Soon the room was packed, with only standing room at the very back.
We kicked off with some basics of underwater photography, giving a few tips and techniques, including how to avoid backscatter. We then moved on to showing some of our images from the UK and around the world, telling tales of our underwater adventures and showing how our images are used in magazines and other publications.
We got carried away telling tales about some of our up close and personal marine life encounters and had to admit to our audience that we were over-running, shouts from the slightly oddly lit red room urged us to continue and so we happily over-ran our allotted time. When we did finally finish, we took lots of questions from the crowd and then stayed on for refreshments and to chat together about underwater photography equipment and our favourite dive destinations.
Preeda was kind enough to write about us “A fascinating, interesting and incredibly entertaining talk. The audience was gripped from the moment Nick and Caroline started talking. Nick and Caroline shared lots of secrets of how they took award winning shots, lighting and their camera setup. Their photos told a story but I found the stories behind the images far more fascinating. I did not want the talk to end...”
The evening saw people come from 7 different BSAC clubs, non-diving photographers and even family members attend. Profits from the talk will go to The Shark Trust which is Clidive’s nominated charity for this lecture series. Previous talks in this year’s series include Paul Cox from the Shark Trust and Richard Walker from Ghost FIshing. Head to the Clidive website to see what other great talks are coming up.
We love giving talks and offer a number of different lectures to school kids (as part of our work for Sharks4Kids and SeaStraw) as well as diving and photography clubs. For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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