Improve your macro underwater photography skills with the photo pros of Backscatter at the Crystal Blue Dive Resort in Anilao, Philippines.
With its healthy reefs and incredible diversity of marine life, Anilao has some of the best macro photo opportunities in the ocean. Known as the nudibranch capitol of the world, Anilao is home to over 600 species of Nudibranchs. You’re also likely to see many species of frogfish, octopus, rhinopias, pipefish, seahorses, and many other macro reef and muck diving critters.
Who should attend the workshop?
Beginner and intermediate underwater photographers that are looking to improve their macro UW photography skills. Do you struggle with strobe position? Isolating your subject from the background? Do you want to learn the post processing techniques to take your images from Blah to Ahhh? Then this is the course for you.
Daily classes and one on one help from the Photo Pros

The best way to learn is by shooting and our photo pros will be on location with you to help improve your technique and to correct mistakes. Daily seminars throughout the trip will cover Macro shooting techniques such as:
  • Focus techniques
  • Exposure techniques
  • Strobe placement
  • Composition
  • Avoiding backscatter
(Exact curriculum will be tailored to the group)
Lightroom and Photoshop techniques for Macro images
In addition to shooting techniques we’ll be teaching you the best ways to edit your images. Learn how to maximize the potential in your Macro shots using Lightroom and Photoshop.
Learn on-location in a small group setting This course is limited to just 20 guests in order to maximize the one-on-one time with our instructors. Each boat dive is limited to just 4 divers and a guide. The guides are professionally trained critter spotters and know how to assist photographers in getting the best shots.
Resort Crystal Blue Resort is located in the heart of Anilao known as Bagalangit, Mabini, Batangas, Philippines. The resort’s stunning location directly in front of Arthurs Rock (a Marine Protected Park) gives it one of the best house reefs in the region.
Managed by underwater photographer Mike Bartick, Crystal Blue Resort caters to the needs of its underwater photographer guests. It offers a large camera room, top notch dive guides, and small group diving. The crew is well trained to handle all of your dive gear efficiently and is especially conscientious when handling underwater camera gear.
Large camera room
The camera room features 25 large camera bays and 4 video camera bays with plenty of power, lighting and storage space for your camera essentials. The camera room is environmentally managed for dryness and locked down in the evenings.

Getting there Manila (MNL) easy to get to from the US and is serviced by most major airlines. No internal domestic flights are required. The resort is just 2 ½ hours from Manila and ground transportation is provided in the package. We recommend arriving the night before the workshop begins and overnighting at a local hotel. Transfers to the resort will be provided on the morning of the 7th.

Travel Info
April 6th: Arrive MNL (overnight at local hotel)
April 7th: Transfer to the Crystal Blue Resort
April 17th: Fly home
Weather and Dive Conditions
October to May is the dry season and April is generally considered one of the best times of year to dive Anilao. Air temperature is between 75-85° and water temps are about 80° A 3mm suit plus hooded vest is recommended, or a 5mm if you tend to get cold after multiple days of macro diving.
Space is limited so sign up now!
Price: $2,699 (per person, double occupancy)
Standard Package Includes:
  • 10 nights accommodations at the Crystal Blue Resort
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner daily
  • 9 days of guided boat diving, up to 4 boat dives per day
  • Unlimited Nitrox
  • Tanks and weights
  • Dive Guides and Park fees
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Round trip group transfers
  • Daily seminars on macro UW Photo techniques and image processing
Additional costs:
  • Airfare to Manila (MNL)
  • Private transfers
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Single supplement
  • Crew tips
Lead Instructors:
Jim DeckerJim Decker As the CEO of Backscatter, Jim is one of the top experts in the world on underwater photo and video equipment and shooting technique. From SLRs to compacts and handycams to broadcast video, Jim has shot video and photo systems from all the major underwater manufacturers and has been a consultant on many of the designs seen in the water today.
Erin QuigleyErin Quigley is a Adobe ACE certified digital imaging consultant specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer and video editor, and creator of, which provides one-on-one instruction, custom video tutorials, and Photoshop and Lightroom resources specifically developed for underwater shooters. Erin currently writes the digital techniques column for Scuba Diving magazine, and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop workshops worldwide.
Mike BartickMike Bartick is the manager and resident photo pro at Crystal Blue Resort and is an expert on macro photography. He is uniquely qualified to show us the best of what Anilao has to offer and teach us the skills and techniques he uses to create stunning underwater images.