(c) Cheryl Walsh 2023


Orientation Monday, October 9th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Tuesday, October 10th – Thursday, October 12th 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Thursday, October 20th 9:00am – 11:00am Pacific Standard Time VIA ZOOM

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, underwater photography is an art, a science, and a science. Photographer Cheryl Walsh has spent the past 15 years conquering the science of underwater studio-based 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 three 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 style.

The class will begin with the hows and whys of photographing underwater. Cheryl will share her knowledge of 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 working with models.

Day One: Cheryl will start the day with a tutorial on underwater studio photography and instructions on the equipment involved. The afternoon session will include your first introduction to photographing underwater and conquering the challenges.

Day Two: Attendees will have two underwater sessions photographing models.

Day Three:  Cheryl and the class will start the day reviewing the work made on the prior day, then photographing in the water with models. The day will end with a lesson on a post-processing workflow for printing underwater photographs, including file and color management, appropriate editing, and paper choice.

Follow-Up Zoom: The class will include image reviews and Cheryl’s Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop post=processing techniques.

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

Attendees need to wear swim shorts and a long-sleeved UV protective rash guard top and hat, provide their own eye goggles (preferably with the nose covered), CF or SD cards, a digital camera with a lens of the equivalence of between 16 and 24 mm focal length, an underwater camera housing (if available), and something with which to take notes. A detailed list of imperative workshop prep instructions will be provided a month before the class.

For Safety reasons, this class will be limited to 12 attendees.

Price: $2240.

plus $55 per day (Monday not included) Daily Registration (included: Model fees, workshop transportation, opening reception, networking dinner, evening presentation and party.

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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.


In an overwhelmingly chaotic world, Southern California native, underwater fine art portrait photographer Cheryl Walsh finds her inspiration in an atmosphere of peaceful solitude.  In the depths of her underwater studio, she works with her camera, photographing models in the quiet currents that slow down time, bring vibrancy to colors, and leave her subjects virtually weightless. Combining the science of working underwater with the art of photography, she utilizes elaborate, unique, avant-garde costumes and styling with traditional portraiture to tell dream-like stories in each of her fine art series. Her internationally award-winning photographs are described alternately as old-world painterly and illustrative yet are entirely photographic and acclaimed for their ethereal and effortless feel, exquisite lighting, attention to fine detail, posing, and color harmony.  To maintain absolute control over her art, Cheryl prints her images herself on specifically chosen fine art papers in sizes up to 44×66 inches and has achieved the exclusive status of WPPI Print Competition Grand Master. Her limited-edition fine art prints are sought after by collectors around the world.