The Ikelite Photo School is a not a single course or event. It's a huge collection of articles, videos, galleries, expeditions, and more, all created with the purpose of educating and inspiring your growth as an underwater photographer.

We encourage you to browse through the sections under the Photo School menu, or scroll down for a full index.

Contact us at any time for one-on-one advice on anything from selecting equipment to editing your shots.


Photography Advice


Advanced Techniques

How To Get the Best Shots When Shooting Wrecks

Capturing the Elusive Mouth Brooding Jawfish

How Underwater Maternity is Different From Topside

7 Tips for Photographing Florida Manatees

Super Macro Underwater Photography Techniques

Close Focus Wide Angle In Depth

Fluorescence and Luminance Underwater Photography

Ways to Spice Up Your Night

How to Shoot Split Shots (Half-In, Half-Out of the Water)

Techniques for Photographing Sharks

Full Moon Compositing

Natural Light Photography Underwater

Snell's Window: A Wide Angle Photography Effect

Keep It Up: Buoyancy Control


Cheat Sheets

Whale Shark Photography Underwater Camera Settings

Turtle Photography Underwater Camera Settings

Manatee Photography Underwater Camera Settings

Night Dive Underwater Camera Settings

Shark Photography Underwater Camera Settings

Macro Close-Up Underwater Camera Settings

Dolphin Photography Underwater Camera Settings

Close Focus Wide Angle Underwater Camera Settings

Over-Under (Split Shots) Underwater Camera Settings

Caverns and Cenotes Underwater Camera Settings

Tropical Reef Underwater Camera Settings





Behind the Shot: Until the Ice Melts in the White Sea

Creature Feature: the Flashing Disco Clam

Planning a Shore Diving Trip to Bonaire

An Insiders Guide to Diving Wakatobi Resort Indonesia

Coral Reef Restoration Program in Bonaire

Behind the Shot: DEEP Indonesia Best of Show Over-Under

Freediving a 60 Ton Statue in the Bahamas with Jenna Martin

Shooting Florida Gators with Shawn Jackson

Getting into the Underwater Photography Business with Karen Bagley

Planning a Trip to Photograph Manatees in Crystal River, Florida

Tonga Underwater with Humpback Whales and Grant Thomas

2018 Roatan Underwater Photo Fest Trip Report

6 Ways You and Your Kids Can Help Save the Sharks

DEMA Show 2018 New Product Coverage

The Airplane Graveyard by Ambassador Brandi Mueller

The Best Holiday Gifts for an Underwater Photographer

Crocodiles, Cenotes, and Chinchurro with Ken and Kimber Kiefer

Extended Warranty on Underwater Housings

How to Photograph Superheroes Underwater

Freediving with Orcas in Norway 

Cenote Commando | Fly & Dive Photography

Whale Sharks Off Isla Mujeres with Ken & Kimber Kiefer

Remembering Ike

Backyard Underwater Photo Studio


Photo Galleries

Nikon D5600 Underwater Photos

DL2 DS Link Sony TTL Converter Underwater Photos

Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Compact 8 inch Dome Underwater Photos

Panasonic LUMIX GX85 Underwater Photos

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV III Underwater Photos

RC1 TTL Receiver Underwater Photos

DC3 Dome Port Underwater Photos

Sony RX100 VI Underwater Photos

DL1 DS Link Nikon TTL Converter Underwater Photos

Sony Alpha A7R III Underwater Photos

Olympus Tough TG-5 Underwater Photos

Sony Alpha A6500 Underwater Photos

Nikon D500 Underwater Photos

Canon EOS 200D Rebel SL2 Underwater Photos

Canon EOS 100D Rebel SL1 Underwater Photos

Canon EOS 70D Underwater Photos

Nikon D500 Underwater Photos



Creature Feature: Scaly Tailed Mantis Shrimp

Jenna Martin's TEDx on Becoming an Underwater Portrait Photographer

The Power of Total Immersion | Erena Shimoda Talk at Google

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI Underwater Video

Panasonic Lumix GX85 Underwater Video

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Underwater Video

Installing a Magnified Viewfinder

Installing and Using a Vacuum System

Dry Lock DSLR Housing Assembly

Canon EOF 11-24mm F4L Lens Installation

Olympus Tough TG-5 Underwater Macro Video


Product Information


Product Tutorials

The Myth of TTL Strobe Exposure Underwater

Straight vs 45 Degree Magnified Viewfinder for Underwater Shooting

Choosing the Correct Strobe Converter for Your System

Using the Sigma 17-70mm with the Canon Rebel SL1 or SL2

Choosing Strobes for an Olympus Tough Housing

About Wide Angle | Adding a Wet Lens

Super Zoom Cameras Underwater

Choosing Strobes for a Compact Fiber Optic System

Assembly + Care Checklist

Choosing Strobes for Ikelite TTL Systems

Adhering a GoPro to Your Housing

Anti-Reflection Rings

About the Dry Lock Port System



Comparing Canon EOS 250D Rebel SL3 and 200D SL2 DSLR Cameras

First Look Nikon Z6, Z7 Mirrorless Underwater Housing

First Look Sony Alpha a6400 Underwater Housing

RC1 TTL Receiver for DS Strobes & Olympus TG-5 Camera Review

Panasonic Lumix GX85 Underwater Housing & Camera Review

Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Lens Underwater Photography Review

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Underwater Housing & Camera Review

Olympus Tough TG-5 Underwater Housing & Camera Review

First Look at the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera and Housing

Top 3 Camera Kits for Your Next Trip

Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 200D

The Best Underwater Point-and-Shoot Camera Systems

Why We Fell in Love With the Canon Rebel SL1

Top 10 Differences between Olympus and Ikelite Housings



Bulkhead + Sync Cord Plug Material Change

Housing Maintenance

Lenses + Ports

Housing Identification + Modification

Connecting Two Strobes to your Underwater Housing

Common Questions about Strobe Firing, TTL, and Sync Speeds

Batteries + Chargers for DS161, DS160, and DS125 Strobes

Sync Cord Assembly + Use

Wiring Diagrams + Test Firing Strobes

Nikon D7200 TTL Update for D7100 Housing # 6801.71

Housing Compatibility for Canon 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 5DS, 5DS R

Battery Packs for DS200 + Substrobe 200 Strobes

Usage Recommendations for Lithium Ion Batteries

Travel Restrictions for Lithium Ion Batteries

Film SLR Housings