Black Water Mastery Photography Course

with Jeff Milisen

January 19th - 20th, 2019


Do you remember that tingly feeling crawling up your spine as you sped offshore in the middle of the night for the first time to swim with the freakiest animals that the ocean contains? Dive deeper into blackwater than ever before with the most knowledgeable blackwater guide in the industry. The intense 2-day course will combine biology and photography to ensure that you come away with a portfolio of images that you can be proud of. Jeff will walk you through how to set up your own camera, how he thinks his way through his photos, where to find the weirdest animals, and then lead you underwater to practice. You will come away with two dives, a portfolio of images, and tips not just on shooting blackwater, but on improving your underwater photography in general. 


  • Classroom Instruction
  • 2 Black Water Dives
  • Peer Critique


  • Flight 
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Scuba Equipment


  • Tailored instruction of pelagic ecology
  • Help with your camera settings
  • Proper Lighting
  • Strobe use
  • Subject selection
  • Debrief
  • Group critique

Jeff Milisen, photo pro-scientist-divemaster-fish nerd-and Black Water specialist. 

Jeff has been published in Bluewater, Scuba Diving, Diver, Alert Diver, Sport Diver, Unterwasser, the Washington Post, Plongeurs, Scuba, X-Ray, Hana Hou, Honolulu, among others.

He has written articles for the Dive Photo Guide, Mozaik, Bluewater Photo, and Shark Diver Magazine. He has had interviews online for CNN, Scientific American, and his hometown paper of the New London Day, as well as the Shark Week show of Sharkageddon. 

He has placed in Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year 2017, Beneath the Sea 2016 and 2017, Underwater Photographer of the Year London 2017, World Shootout 2016 and 2017, Ocean Art 2015, 2016, and 2017, Ocean Views 2015 and 2016, Our World Underwater 2015 and 2016.