Blue Planet 2 videographer and photographer Patrick Dykstra embarked on a weeklong residency at Coco Collection’s two Maldives properties last month month, as part of the company’s commitment to raising awareness of marine conservation.
Budding photographers and videographers joined Patrick at Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu for insights on the techniques that enabled him and the BBC team behind Blue Planet 2 to capture some of the most remarkable underwater footage ever seen.
Following three master-classes and a chance to tinker with professional filming gear, guests embarked on a guided dive with Patrick and put some of his underwater filming skills into practice.
The courses weren’t just aimed at the pros: anyone who likes to snap images or video of the Maldives’ incredible marine life with their waterproof camera or GoPro would benefit from the skills learned in the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from a master of his craft. Sessions took place from May 11-14 at Coco Bodu Hithi and May 18-21 at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu.