I’m here to help you improve your underwater photography skills and get the best out of your compact camera system.  Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer I know with my local knowledge combined with 30 years of experience diving all over the world, in 42 different countries, I can improve your photography.

Why me? I have a passion for marine life and having spent more than half my life diving, I have developed the skills needed to understand, appreciate and study marine life. I am an excellent spotter (I’m regularly told) and very familiar with everything that inhabits the reefs around Barbados. So let me take all the guess work out of diving in Barbados and give you the best experience whilst you are here. I only work with small groups which means I can show you some of the corals and critters that regularly get over-looked on a normal boat dive. I also wrote and published the Barbados dive guide book check it out here!

Damsel fish in stag horn coral.
Damsel fish in stag horn coral.

I am a qualified INON UK Underwater Photography Instructor, love teaching and have been successfully doing so for many years. I run the INON UK level 1 u/w photography course which comprises of classroom work and dives led by me. The course runs over 3 days and is explained further down the page. At anytime during your holiday I am also available for private underwater photography lessons to suit your requirements.

Barbados is a beautiful island with all year round warm water and tropical weather. The diving is easy with little or no currents and lots of dive sites. There are flourishing coral reefs and stunning wrecks of all shapes and sizes. We definitely have the best wreck in the Caribbean, the Stavronikita and having been down for over 35 years she is bursting with sea life and corals, she is simply stunning.

I believe it’s important to understand marine life behaviour in order to photograph it well. If you can’t find, see, know where to look for or how to approach your subjects then you won’t get to first base. This is an integral part of my personal Inon Level 1 course and on any private lessons. You will also learn how to find a variety of creatures such as – seahorses, mantis shrimps and frogfish and how to photograph them sympathetically.

A compact camera system allows you to change lenses underwater which means you can vary the subject choice during a dive. But also, compact cameras are much lighter than DSLR cameras and therefore easier to handle. All the photographs you see on this website are taken with a compact system. If required Olympus XZ 2 cameras are available for rent and there are various lenses and strobes for students to try out during the course or during private tuition.

I offer one more exclusive service which is ideal for those people who can’t or don’t dive. I can take you on a snorkelling safaris to see seahorses, turtles, rays and frogfish! Imagine that you don’t even have to dive. I only take out small groups of 5/6 maximum, you can rent equipment from me or provide your own (mask, snorkel, fins). You need to be a confident swimmer and need to be able to ‘duck dive’ down, in order to get close and really see the seahorses which can be anywhere from 5′-13′ deep. I can teach snorkelling techniques such as ‘duck diving’ and how to clear your ears prior to the trip B$30pp/ 1/2 hour (group prices available). I can never predict where the seahorses are before the snorkel trip, they could be 6 feet away but also lower than that, seeing a seahorse is 100% guaranteed. The cost of the snorkel trip is B$80pp not including the fins. If you wish to book this or need more information then please email me direct here E: lucy@scubachannels.com I will be very happy to hear from you and try to accommodate your needs.

My guided dives at the cement plant pier are always exciting. The diver in this photo is looking at a seahorse. Why don’t you join me when you are next on Barbados. 🙂

a diver explores the pier
Peppermint Goby on brain coral

Learn to take photographs like this using a technique I will teach you on a private lesson or during the Level 1 photo course.

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INON LEVEL 1 PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE DETAILS  3 DAY PERIOD  

If you are frustrated with your underwater photos or simply want to quickly learn how to shoot like a pro then this course is perfect for you. Everyone I have taught so far from beginners to good photographers have said how much they learn about their camera (which they didn’t already know!), about marine life, about understanding the basics of a good photo, good composition and finally enjoying the results. There is a lot to learn but this course will give you all the tools and understanding you need to become a good marine life photographer  – because that’s what you are!  This is a 100% certified course and requires intense classroom and field work. 

• Camera care and preparation

• f-stop, shutter speed, exposure,

• depth of field, using ISO in bad light situations, white balance adjustment

• Composition, shooting angles, controlling light

• How to use colour and subjects creatively

• Controlled diving techniques, diving with care

• Finding & approaching subjects

• Try out wet lenses and strobes

Group price US$ 250pp  (not including diving. minimum 2)

Private price US$ 450pp  (not including diving)

Get in touch –  lucy@scubachannels.com                                Barbados   T: +(246) 230 5464 • UK  T: +44 07767 357749

Dives vary depending on booking. Boat dives are from B$120 – $150. Beach dives are cost of equipment only. Private boat dives are around B$120 but limited numbers and dive sites.

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Learn why your photos or videos are too red and how to correct this problem!   simple when you know how 🙂

Learn how to find/see camouflaged creatures like this octopus. The lizard fish behind gives a clue as to it’s whereabouts.       Dive slowly and see more.

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PRIVATE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY TUITION                                                                    WITH LUCY AGACE

Take the guess work out of underwater photography and make the most of your time on the island. My lessons can be tailor made to suit your requirements. They will include classroom work and diving. If you want to learn a particular technique then thats what we will do. Just get in touch and we can discuss your needs. Perhaps you want to know how to control the sun in your photo, I can help with this and how to control the fore/background light. Correct exposure plays a big part in taking that perfect photo.

Alternatively l can assist you on as many dives as you want working on various improvements/techniques with or without classroom work. If you want to see a particular creature like say a Frogfish we can go dive where they are often found and the same applies for any of the amazing creatures you can find in Barbados waters. Just check out my collection of Galleries to see the variety.

Per Day US$ 225 (for 2 people $350)

Per Hour US$ 50 (for 2 people $80)

Feel free to contact me if you want more information about anything I am always happy to hear from you and will do my best to accommodate your requirements 🙂

E:  lucy@scubachannels.com 

T: B(246) 230 5464   UK:(44) 07767 357749

Magnificent Sea urchin

Magnificent Sea urchin

YELLOW HEAD JAWFISH

YELLOW HEAD JAWFISH

Sponges on Bright Ledge

Sponges on Bright Ledge

Yellow Goatfish

Yellow Goatfish

Giant Rope Sponge

Giant Rope Sponge

A collection of different types of images and compositions all taken with a compact camera system and strobes. In some I used an Inon wide-angle wet lens and others an Inon macro wet lens.   This equipment is available for you to try out on the course and for rent.