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Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss

Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss

Michele is a 2011 inductee into the Woman Divers Hall of Fame.  Much of her imagery has appeared in national and international publications. Matt Weiss is the owner, publisher and editor-in-chief of DivePhotoGuide.com, a leading underwater photography media publication with over 50,000 worldwide monthly readers.


Michele Westmorland is a freelance photographer with a variety of photographic skills.  Westmorland Images, LLC operates from her home in Redmond, Washington.  Michele has created a vast library of imagery from around the world.  Her commercial work is a large part of her portfolio and covers beautiful travel locations, resort properties and lifestyle.  She is also passionate about conservation and is proud to be a Founding Fellow of International League of Conservation Photographers. Her underwater and cultural photography has gained international recognition.  Michele understands the need to tell a visual story, whether it covers exotic holiday locations or the wonders of the natural world. 

She is also a Fellow National of the prestigious Explorers Club, a member of the Society of Woman Geographers, Wings WorldQuest, ASMP and NANPA.  Michele is a 2011 inductee into the Woman Divers Hall of Fame.  Much of her imagery has appeared in national and international publications. Michele has won several awards for her imagery including, Grand Prize in the Papua New Guinea Underwater category, the Environmental Photography Invitational, Photo District News, and many others.  She is proud to be included in the book “Adventurous Dreams-Adventurous Lives” by Jason Schoonover. Her book “Ocean Duets” was published in 2006 and is focused on the beauty of the underwater world. As a speaker, Michele has given a variety of lectures on culture, the marine environment and photography workshops.  Her recent speaking engagements were held at Explorers Club in San Diego, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California and as a keynote speaker at the 2011 NANPA Summit.  A documentary film and book project, Headhunt Revisited, is currently in post production. To see more on this project, visit www.headhuntrevisited.org.

Michele’s personal website is www.westmorlandimages.com

Email:  michele@westmorlandimages.com


Matt Weiss is the owner, publisher and editor-in-chief of DivePhotoGuide.com, a leading underwater photography media publication with over 50,000 worldwide monthly readers.  Matt has been working full time at DPG since 2009, and for years was the world’s only full time underwater photography editor.  Matt also helped found the New York Underwater Photographic Society, where he currently serves as the president. 

Matt spends over a third of the year in the field shooting assignments and running workshops for numerous print and digital publications.  He is also a special correspondent for Sport Diver, where he co-authors the underwater photography column "Images." In 2011, Matt co-founded Scuba Diver Through The Lens, the world’s first international underwater photography print magazine that will be published quarterly beginning in 2012 and distributed in New York, Munich and Singapore. 

 Matt has been passionate about the ocean and photography for as long as he can remember.  He is among the dying breed of people under 25 that know how to change a roll of film and work in a darkroom. Matt graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Biology in 2009.

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Selecting Your First Underwater Camera

When buying a camera, think about the available housings.

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, July 29, 2014

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So, you have decided you want try your hand at underwater photography. That's great! Now you need to choose the right camera.

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TAGS: compact digital camera,  Canon EOS 5D Mark II,  underwater,  underwater housing,  AquaTech,  Sea and Sea,  Fantasea 

Underwater Photography Composition Basics, Part 2

Avoiding clutter, organizing space, and more!

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, June 27, 2012

In our first Underwater Composition article, we discussed the basic “Rule of Thirds,” and diagonal, curve, and leading lines. That's only the beginning. There are many other things to watch out for when composing your shots.

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TAGS: composition,  underwater,  underwater housing 

Underwater Photography Composition Basics, Part 1

What works on land also works in the water

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, June 12, 2012

Underwater photography is not just about getting the right camera, underwater housing and lights. You need to know the basics of composition to tie it all together.

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TAGS: tips,  composition,  tip,  underwater,  tips and tricks 

The Secret To Awe-Inspiring Natural Light Underwater Photography

Shoot in the ambient light and go natural

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, May 31, 2012

You don't need massive strobe arms and heads for impressive underwater photography. Try the physical and creative freedom of leaving your lights on land and shooting with just your camera.

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TAGS: natural light,  underwater,  rugged,  ambient light,  underwater housing 

What's The Best Lens for Breathtaking Wide Angle Closeup Underwater Photography?

How to use ultra-wide lenses to reel in amazing close-up underwater photos.

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, May 3, 2012

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If you're looking to capture high-impact underwater photography without the backscatter, an ultra-wide lens and closeup photography are your secret weapons.

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TAGS: close-up,  wide angle,  fisheye,  Canon EOS 5D Mark II,  underwater,  underwater housing,  close focus 

The Ultimate Guide to Dramatic Wide-Angle Underwater Photography

Grab your wide zoom, underwater housing and lighting rig, and dive!

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, March 27, 2012

Are you ready to get serious about underwater photography? Then it's time for you to explore the treasures under the sea, from sunken ships to big sea creatures, with a wide-angle lens.

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TAGS: wide angle,  underwater,  Michele Westmorland,  underwater housing 

How To Avoid Backscatter in Underwater Photography

Particles in the water can run your best underwater photos. Here's how to avoid or remove them.

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, March 20, 2012

One of the biggest challenges of photographing in water—as opposed to air—is dealing with small dust-like particles that are in the water. They are the enemy of underwater photography.

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TAGS: lighting,  underwater,  Lightroom 3,  underwater housing,  Lightroom 4 

Macro Underwater Photography Gear Guide

Go deep. Get close. Use this stuff.

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, March 13, 2012

Macro underwater photography is a great place to start your journey in underwater photography. It’s much simpler than wide angle, and good shots can be achieved with much less gear.

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TAGS: macro,  macro photography,  lenses,  Lens advice,  lens,  underwater,  Michele Westmorland,  underwater housing 

Lighting Tips for Stunning Underwater Macro Photography

Shooting tips by and for the “true geeks of the underwater world”

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, March 6, 2012

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Lighting for underwater photography has its unique set of challenges but the rewards can be beautiful. And when you're lighting underwater macro photography, it's all the more challenging...and rewarding!

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TAGS: macro,  macro photography,  lighting,  lighting technique,  underwater,  underwater housing 

Underwater Macro Photography Basics

Up close and all wet

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, January 24, 2012

Macro photography in a marine environment can be one of the most rewarding photographic activities.  Don’t you just love an up-close and personal shot of small and strange creatures found in the ocean? 

 

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TAGS: canon,  DSLR,  macro,  macro photography,  Lens advice,  underwater,  underwater housing 

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