Underwater photography speaker profile – Barry McGill (Underwater Photography Room, Saturday, 10am)
Barry McGill is a deep wreck photographer and CCR instructor trainer with Indepth Technical. His main area of focus is exploration of deep water shipwrecks around the Irish coastline and he has been fortunate enough to discover and explore many significant virgin shipwrecks.
Exploring iconic shipwrecks such as the R.M.S. Justicia, H.M.S. Audacious and R.M.S. Lusitania left a significant impression on Barry, which helped develop his desire to discover and explore shipwrecks. Barry has organised and led many deep wreck expeditions exploring the deep wrecks off the north coast of Ireland, which included the S.S. Empress of Britain in 162m and S.S. Transylvania in 130m. Barry has also been part the teams that first discovered and explored the wrecks of HMS Curacoa in 125m (410ft), White Star Liner Carinthia in 116m (380ft), HMS Hurst Castle in 85m (279ft) and World War I German U-boats UB 124 and U45 in 65 m (213ft).
Barry aims to share his passion for shipwreck exploration by capturing and sharing his images of many previously unphotographed shipwrecks including R.M.S. Amazon, H.M.S. Viknor and H.M.S. D6. Barry has been part of a number of television documentaries and his images have appeared in a number of books and other publications, including the New York Times.
The presentation will take a practical view of the various techniques which Barry utilises while diving the wrecks of north Donegal. The presentation will detail the various challenges involved in capturing shipwreck images. The presentation will focus on use of ambient light and development of techniques to allow divers capture the unique landscape of these shipwrecks.
Barry’s presentation will also contain many underwater images and film, including the use of 3D photogrammetry, and will give an insight into the rewards and challenges of photographing these iconic wrecks.
Endlessly patient and full of infectious enthusiasm, he likes nothing more than helping people with their questions about underwater photography, from what camera to buy, and then on how to use it and the necessary accessories to go with it. His mantra has always been ‘Best Advice’, even if that meant losing a sale occasionally, building up trust amongst the people he dealt with.
For this show he’s going back to basics, aiming to inspire and enthuse those curious about UW Photography, but maybe they’re a wee bit put off with the perceived costs of ‘proper’ equipment. So his first talk will look at what is achievable at GoPro pricing, factoring in strobes, wideangle lenses, etc.
And his second talk will look at seeing how you can kickstart your underwater photo skill set with a dedicated trip, that’s not just for the experts, along with developing your skills out of the water too.
You only have to look at Nick’s website – http://nickblakephotography.co.uk/ – to see that he loves working with natural light – and has produced some stunning images using it. In this talk, he will cover how light behaves under water, when shooting with natural light works, the techniques he uses and how he has made successful use of locations he has dived.Nick started diving as a teenager in the 1980s but his longstanding interest in photography only moved underwater in 2004. That was with an Olympus compact camera, after which he moved on to Nikon DSLRs and currently shoots with a Nikon D810 full frame camera. He credits one to one tuition and encouragement from Martin Edge as being instrumental to his development and success.
His competition successes in recent years include the Grandmaster award in the UnderwaterPhotography.com international photo competition, winner of the Advanced British & Irish category in the BSoUP/Diver Print competition, and British Underwater Photographer of the Year in the 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition.