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BSoUP Meeting - January 2005

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An evening with Martin Edge

This month we are extremely proud to present a special event at BSoUP; an evening with highly accomplished photographer, teacher, award winner, writer, mentor and speaker Martin Edge. Many of you will already be graduates of Martin's teaching techniques and invaluable courses, and if you are not - book one today.

In the first session, Martin will talk about wide angle (20mm - 16mm) flash lighting. In particular, his current thoughts on flash arms and guns i.e. weight, type, balance, positions, angles etc. in an effort to achieve the best possible artificial lighting underwater and eliminate backscatter.

After the competition (see below) and break, Martin will continue the theme of wide angle and fisheye but focus more on how to use natural light undersurface characteristics to add to the subject matter. 'We often notice these characteristics but we do not always 'see' them. At the end of the evening, I am hoping people will go away with some new things to try, including alternatives on existing ideas'.

After growing up in Staffordshire without any inclination towards diving or photography, Martin moved to Dorset with his wife, Sylvia. Here they learnt to dive and Martin took his first underwater photographs on a trip to Minorca. His desire to shoot pictures underwater grew into a passion bordering on an obsession.

Frustrated by a lack of knowledge of camera equipment and how best to use it underwater, he set out to understand the 'minds eye' of those underwater photographers whose work he most admired. In the 1980's he participated in numerous underwater photography competitions obtaining many awards all over the world. He began to write articles and quickly identified that his passion and potential was to teach and develop other aspiring underwater photographers. Over the last 15 years he has done just that; introduced, developed, motivated and mentored hundreds of underwater photographers including many of the finest in the UK today.

In 1996 his book 'The Underwater Photographer' became an international best seller. It has been translated into two languages and is currently on the 3rd reprint of the 2nd edition. Martin is now hard at work on his next book, 'The Underwater Photographer Goes Digital'. Along with his popular
weekend courses and overseas workshops he is also available for private underwater photography instruction. Check out Martin's website at

THE TWO BEST IMAGES OF 2004. Entries can be slide or digital, maximum two images per member. If entering digital images please send them IN ADVANCE by NOON, Tuesday 18th January to

Guidelines for digital image sizing can be found at
Any problems or questions, please email Martha on or call Martha on 07764 603657.

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