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The Maka Photography Workshop

Join us for the first annual Maka Underwater Photography Workshop. Enjoy eight days of diving dedicated to underwater photography along the world-class Kona coast. The itinerary covers a wide variety of techniques to help you become a better photographer. Led by acclaimed photographer Joshua Lambus of Maka Fine Art, and hosted at the 4-star Kona Sheraton Resort, join us for a dive adventure of a lifetime.

October 21st - 28th

The Itinerary

Each day begins with a quick breakfast (catered by the Sheraton) and a day briefing. After breakfast, students can walk from the resort to the boat in Keauhou Bay fully loaded with gear and tanks. After diving, we’ll drop off in Keauhou, take a quick lunch break, then begin our classroom session for the day. Meet up for dinner at any of the four restaurants at the resort, or explore greater Kona.



Settle into your hotel at the Sheraton Kona. Gather for a welcome reception and orientation with your instructors and fellow students. We’ll discuss camera prep and go over checklists for the week.


Principles of Underwater Photography

We’ll start our week off easy, getting wet in the hotel’s pool to test equipment and go over gear. We’ll have a classroom session to talk about basic principles of lighting and shooting underwater and how to combine them into the most desirable compositions.


Ambient Light (Wide Angle)

The most basic tenet of photography is understanding the light around you. We’ll get to test drive this understanding at some of the most scenic sites the island has to offer. Photographing everything from sweeping coral vistas, to some of the larger wildlife found on the kona coast.


Ambient Light w/ Strobes

Use the knowledge of ambient lighting previously discussed and build upon it by bringing down lights of our own. Learning to balance these two light sources will add depth and clarity to you underwater images while bringing back color to it full luster.


Macro w/ Strobes

Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. With a better understanding of artificial lighting, we’ll take a closer look at not only balancing light but the tiny organisms that make up the beautiful underwater ecosystem.


Night Macro w/ Strobes

One of the best reasons to dive the Kona Coast is the incredible night dives we have to offer. Once the sun goes down some of the strangest and most beautiful creatures come out to play. Using strobes get ready to shed some light on life in the dark.


Focus Day, Independent Study

Spend the day working on your favorite techniques and asking questions to better hone your skills.


Freedive Day (Optional)

Join us for a last day of freediving with our cameras. Improve your breath hold and learn tricks to make excellent photos without a tank.

Your Instructor

Joshua Lambus

Joshua Lambus is an award winning photographer and videographer based on The Big Island of Hawaii. His photographs have been published in many magazines, books and calendars, including National Geographic, Sport Diver Magazine, Unterwasser and Scuba Diving Magazine.

Lambus' photography has won numerous awards, including 1st place in Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice Award's Oceans category. His works are displayed in museums around the world Including the Washington DC Smithsonian Natural History Museum, The Australian Museum, and the Natural history Museum of Venice.

He recently founded theMAKAproject as an outlet for his films about inspired lifestyles. He also works occasionally as camera operator and liaison for filming projects, including jobs for Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and BBC.

See Josh's Work


Stay at the luxurious Kona Sheraton Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Kona Sheraton is situated on the iconic lava rocks of the Kona coast, overlooking historic Keauhou Bay. Ocean view restaurants, an incredible pool with a 200-foot lava tube water slide, hot tubs, the Ho'ola Spa, and more round out this outstanding resort.



PADI Open Water Diver Certification (Ideally Advanced Open Water)

Underwater camera (camera, housing, lights, etc)

Laptop computer (Software is included in the workshop price)


10 dives
7 nights at the Kona Sheraton
7 intensive classroom sessions
Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom
... and more

Available for Rent

Dive gear
Camera lights*
Camera housings*
Dive computers
Nitrox 32%

*subject to availability

Lodging Options

All rooms can accomodate up to 2 guests. Room upgrades are available. Pricing is per student.

Mountain View Standard

Partial Ocean View Additional $10 per night

Ocean View Additional $25 per night*

Ocean Front Additioanl $45 per night*

*subject to availability


Call for pricing and to reserve a space.


Reserve Now

To reserve your spot, please call us at 808-329-6068 or fill out the form below, and we'll be in touch!