Photo Services

Our dive expeditions visit some of the most spectacular parts of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea, making them ideal for capturing some amazing underwater photos and videos.  Photography is one of our passions at Mike Ball, so you’ll find Spoilsport’s dive deck is well-equipped to meet all of your needs.

Spoilsport Photo and Video Facilities:

  • 2 x camera stations with air guns
  • Dedicated camera freshwater rinse tubs
  • Recharge batteries in cabins: 110v (2 prong straight pin) and 240v (Australian) sockets
  • Computer for guest use in saloon (Windows)
  • 1 x video/DVD player and 2 x large wall-mounted flat screens for viewing photographs and video

Note: Guests are advised to bring adaptors for the electrical sockets to suit their individual chargers and USB digital memory card readers.

Photo Competition for Compacts & DSLR

As the sun sets on the last evening on the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll enjoy an Aussie BBQ night with champagne and prawns followed by the underwater photo competition which guests help judge. It’s loads of fun & pretty low key, with photos displayed anonymously.  Winning images are displayed as part of the ‘Reef Reports’ on the Mike Ball website.

Camera Hire and Photography Services

If you haven’t got your own camera you can rent one of ours and we’ll give you some pointers to capture some great shots.

Prices and More Information Below

Underwater Camera Hire

We have two options available for underwater camera hire.

Canon G7X MkII or Olympus TG5

The Canon G7X MK2, 20 megapixel camera delivers superior image quality with amazing low light capability. Featuring a 24mm wide-angle lens, 4x zoom and RAW mode, you can enjoy complete flexibility when manipulating images. Not only will you capture amazing stills, but with High Definition Movie Recording, you will capture amazing movies.

The Olympus TG-5 is equipped with the latest image sensor and image processor, and a bright f/2.0 high-resolution lens for high image quality and featuring 4x optical zoom lens. The camera has underwater modes for high image quality underwater photography. Probably its best feature is the underwater macro mode.  Great for capturing nudibranchs and pygmy sea horses!

$40/day Hire includes camera and housing per day; initial tuition on care, use and public computer to download and store photos.

Digital Downloads

Backup your photographs and safeguard your memories with a digital download. Download your photographs to the onboard computer and at the completion of your expedition back them up to a USB stick for you to take home.

USB Sticks.  8GB $12

Expedition Photos and Videos

Taken over multiple dives throughout your expedition, our crew will capture highlights on both video and photo for you to download as a souvenir of your expedition. Post expedition you will receive information on how to download both the video and photographs from your expedition including 50 ‘best of’ photographs. This is a complimentary service.

Photo Options:

  • Personal Holiday Photographs $100 – your onboard photo and video pro will spend a dive (1 x dive) taking exclusive underwater photos of you.
  • Personalised Holiday Trip Video $250 – exclusive personal footage taken by your onboard photo and video pro (1 x dive, max. group size 4). Providing long lasting memories in full colour and motion.

Underwater Photography Courses

Want to take your skills to the next level? Mike Ball Dive Expeditions offer a Digital Underwater Photography Course during their expeditions. Participants will need a minimum of Open Water Certification. For more information please visit our Dive Courses page.