CHERYL WALSH: Photographing People Underwater

(c) Cheryl Walsh 2020


Orientation Sunday, September 20th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
Monday, September 21st – Wednesday, September 23rd, 9:00am – 4:00pm. 
Thursday, September 24th, 9:00am – 11:00am

For safety reasons, this workshop is limited to 12 attendees only

Anyone who has tried underwater photography knows that it’s far more challenging than it looks. If photography is an art and a science, then underwater photography is an art, a science and a science. Photographer Cheryl Walsh has spent the past 12 years conquering the science of swimming pool-based underwater fine art portrait photography. Her mastery of the science allows her to express her own unique artistic vision.

This introductory class is an opportunity to spend two days experiencing the special challenges of working in a liquid environment. Cheryl’s goal is to help you begin to break through those challenges so that you can develop your own unique artistic vision.

The class will begin with the hows and whys of photographing underwater. Cheryl will share her knowledge on the technical aspects of underwater photography including: safety, equipment, weights and buoyancy management, backdrops, underwater housings, water clarity, lighting techniques, styling and wardrobe choices, and vetting and working with models.

Day One: Cheryl will share her work with the class and review the work of the class in the morning session. The afternoon session will include lessons and practice using underwater housings and setting up equipment for an underwater photo shoot.

Day Two: From 9am – 2pm attendees will each have a session in the pool photographing models. Afternoon will review images and demonstrate post processing techniques.

Day Three:  Morning question and answer period then attendees will photograph in the water with models from 9am – 2pm. Afternoon review images and more post processing.

Day Four: Morning 9am lecture on digital printing and inkjet paper by digital printmaking expert Eric Joseph. Each attendee will have the opportunity to have a print created during the class.

Experience for yourself how water affects light, color, movement, and the human body. Photo shoots will take place in the swimming pool at the workshop headquarters, Korakia Pensione, using modified natural light. Cheryl will demonstrate coaching and working with models. Underwater housings will be made available so that each attendee will use their own DSLR or one of ours.

Attendees need to wear swim shorts, a UV protective rash guard top and UV protective hat, provide their own eye goggles that covers their nose, bring their own towels, CF or SD cards, digital camera with a lens between 16 and 35 mm focal length with 24mm being optimal, a laptop computer for editing images and something with which to take notes.


PRICE: $2260


Includes daily registration for the full days of the class, models, class transportation and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.


Photographers should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require DVI connectors and / or adapters, please bring one to class.

All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, September 24th from 11:00am to 6:00pm to have an image of their choice printed out on a Canon Pro 2000 printer, using custom profiles and on their choice of several inkjet papers. 


In an overwhelmingly chaotic world, Southern California based underwater fine art portrait artist Cheryl Walsh finds her inspiration in an atmosphere of peaceful solitude. In the depths of her underwater studio, she works with the quiet currents that slow down time, bring vibrancy to colors, and leave her subjects virtually weightless. The liquid atmosphere, invisible but ever present in the reflection on the water’s surface, is a mirroring of the duality that personifies life. Her underwater portrait fine art photography is described alternately as old-world painterly and photo-realistic, traditional and surreal. Combining the science of working underwater with the art of photography, she utilizes vintage and avant-garde fashion on dancers, models and clients to tell a deliberate story in each of her fine art series. Cheryl has won over 60 WPPI Print and Image Competition Awards including 11 Gold, maintaining full control over all her fine art prints by printing them herself on her Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 on Canson Infinity fine art papers in sizes up to 44×64 inch.