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  1. 2 points
    I think the answer will depend on what you mean by underwater photography. Carrying a gopro on a stick is a very different thing than diving with a full kit with tray and dual lights and strobes, with macro and WA swap-able lenses. The amount of dive time will also vary by person. Before you branch out from gopros I would say you need to be able to do a few things consistently and without much thought. Buoyancy is key. You need to be able to maintain your buoyancy even when other things are happening to divert your attention. Particularly early on with photography, trying to figure out the settings and just working the camera takes a lot of focus and with newer divers once they pay attention to that, buoyancy and situational awarness start to fall apart. Once you can keep buoyancy when task loaded that's one sign you are ready Situational awareness. Photography can consume most of the attention your brain can give it until certain things become ingrained through experience and muscle memory. That goes for the physical muscle memory of working your gear and your camera as well as the familiarity to be able to do both without much thought. You should be able to function all your normal dive gear quickly and easily without much thought. S drills, lost mask, reg recovery, etc should be very proficient, and you can do them at any time. Adding a camera system in the middle of these can cause real problems if this isn't able to be handled quickly and easily without much thought. It really helps to get very very familiar with any camera system on the surface, and then with a few shallow dives to work out where your problem areas will be. Each person is going to reach this experience level at different times so its hard to say X number of dives will get you there. If you are diving with a group of divers and one or more is mentoring you, ask them to help you work on some task loading exercises, and work through any buoyancy issues when doing them. You can work on camera familiarity on land. Also if someone in your group shoots, see if you can buddy with them and them let you shoot on a dive to see where you are. If things get to be too much work out a plan to just hand stuff off.
  2. 1 point
    Take a look at El Gouna, just north of Hurghada. I dive there with a local instructor / guide / keen photographer called Moustafa Housin who freelances for Orca Dive centre. Moustafa is obsessed with the small stuff and will hunt around you for macro subjects as you compose your shots - absolutely no rushing, and he knows the sites like the back of his hand. Long dives welcomed, plenty of patience, and he gets a real kick out of getting you the subjects you want. If you want dolphins, you can probably persuade them to do a trip to Sha'ab el erg, aka Dolphin house, where if the stars align you can get some really close ups of the resident pod. I'm no expert, but here's some from the last couple of years with him https://www.mikepoolewildlife.co.uk/elgouna2019 https://www.mikepoolewildlife.co.uk/hurghada19 https://www.mikepoolewildlife.co.uk/hurghada17 Let me know if you want more details Mike
  3. 1 point
    at this short notice you won't find a long haul ticket to manila at less than £800 and you have no money left for anything At best you can afford a standard egypt liveaboard but then you are at the mercy of the boat
  4. 1 point
    If you can, try to go to the Reef House resoort for lunch in Oak Ridge. It's a very personable place. If there around 1:30 when the dive boat is in for lunch, talk with divemaster David and get local suggestions. Nobody knows that section of Roatan like him. You might also talk to the resident dive instructor Robert about taking a trip over to Cayos Cochinos for some different diving. If you have never been to the Mangrove swamps in Roatan (above water), I highly recommend it. Also drop into Hole in the Wall, past the Czech Village.

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