Underwater Photography With Flip Nicklin

June 17, 2011

Widely regarded as one of the premier whale photographers of the world, Flip Nicklin, a National Geographic contributing photographer, has more than 5,500 dives under his belt. His ability to free dive to depths of up to 90 feet [27 meters] allows him to swim near enough to record whale behavior without interrupting it.

He will be hosting two photography workshops at the Bermuda Society of Arts [BSoA] and a one-night only talk at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute [BUEI].


Mr Nicklin will share his tips and tricks of open water/underwater photography. The workshop includes an in-depth look at shooting techniques and a review of camera and lighting equipment with discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of systems.

Mr Nicklin was born with both diving and photography in his blood. His father, Chuck, is a diver and underwater cinematographer who taught his sons to become scuba divers. At the age of 14, Mr Nicklin was helping his father teach people to dive off the coast of southern California.

His first contact with the National Geographic Society came in 1976 when he was signed on as a deckhand and diving assistant for a three-month shoot with photographers Bates Littlehales and Jonathan Blair. Every day he shot with the photographers, a lifelong dream for him. With the help of his mentors, two of Mr Nicklin’s images were published along with theirs in National Geographic.

Since then, Mr Nicklin has gone on to provide photographs for many articles for National Geographic and his photos have appeared in numerous publications. He also has a number of books to his name including With the Whales, Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises and has just launched “Among Giants—A Life with Whales”.


Mr Nicklin’s 3-day workshop is already sold out, but he will be giving an underwater photography workshop at BSoA on July 2 from 10 am until 4 pm. Cost: $95 Members, $105 Non-Members. Registration forms can be downloaded from the BSoA website at www.bsoa.bm

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