Featured Photographers

Featured Underwater Photographer – Brett Hoelzer

One of the best ways to learn photography is to see other photographers’ work. Mozaik looks for some of the best underwater photographers in the world, and showcase their work, along with the gear they use, to help other aspiring photographers improve, learn new skills and get inspired.

This week we will feature the talented Brett Hoelzer!

About Brett

I began diving in 2013 after many years of snorkeling and free diving. I was amazed at all I had been missing at depths beyond the reach of snorkeling. I began to shoot videos with the GoPro camera and searching for unique sea life as well as interesting behavior to film. Eventually, I purchased a Canon compact camera and began building my knowledge of underwater photography.

I also continued my PADI training and eventually became a divemaster. Experience in the water is the most important tool of an underwater photographer because it allows the diver to focus on photography techniques. I find that the more I dive, the better my buoyancy gets making it easier to photograph.

I have now moved to a mirrorless Olympus camera and hope to improve the quality of my photos. I still get excited when entering the water with my camera and never become tired of the fact that I never know what amazing things I may discover below the water’s surface. I also enjoy working as a Divemaster with Deep Blue Dive Center in Aqaba, Jordan. It is fun to meet divers and underwater photographers that dive with the center.

Brett’s Gear

  • Canon G7X mark II compact camera
  • Nauticam G7XMKII housing with normal and wide angle ports
  • Olympus OMD-E IV mirrorless
  • Nauticam EM10IV With
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO Lens with 4.5 inch dome port
  • PANASONIC LUMIX Professional 8-18mm Camera Lens, G LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT, F2.8-4.0 with 7 inch dome port
  • OLYMPUS M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm F2.8 Macro Lens With port
  • 2-Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobes

Brett’s Work

Squid captured on a night dive

Octopus feeding in the shallows

Nudibranch shot with homemade snoot

Moray eel watching from the shadows

Lionfish feeding under the jetty

Coral Grouper being cleaned by a cleaner shrimp

Bearded Scorpionfish sitting on top of coral

C-130 Artifical reef broken by storm

A Sexy shrimp hiding in the coral

A Seahorse hiding in the seagrass

Banner fish at the Milatary Museum

Cedar Pride wreck at the bow

Lockheed TriStar sunken reef

Photographer at the bow of the Cedar Pride

Follow Brett

Instagram: bubba_aqaba

Facebook: Bubba Aqaba

Jill B

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