Watch this Byron underwater photographer's photo gallery

IF YOU love the ocean and you love photography, an upcoming tuition led by a Byron Bay underwater snapper could be a perfect fit.

Matt Draper discovered a passion in this niche two years ago on a trip to Tonga, when he realised it was likely the "best place in the world" to photograph humpback whales.

"I couldn't think of doing anything else really, I just love it - shooting sharks or whales or turtles," he said.

"It's incredible. We had a calf that was super curious; we ended up swimming with her for about three hours.

"She was mimicking everything we did, dancing and looking right at you.

"It was quite cool diving with something so conscious and so intelligent as well."

Mr Draper said he was keen to share that experience with budding photographers.

"I've decided I'd run my own tuition in Tonga where I'll be taking eight people for a week and they'll be doing the whale swims with me," he said.

"(I'll be) showing people how to interact with animals, and how to get the settings right."

This year's whale swim and underwater photography tuition is already booked out, but Mr Draper said he will be holding more in the future.

"(Also) I'll be doing tuition in Byron Bay for the next six weeks, while we have the summer animals at Julian Rocks, which are the mantra rays and leopard sharks."

To reserve a place on the Byron tuition, send Mr Draper an email using his website's contact form, at

"All information will be on my website tonight under tuition in the menu," he said.

"I just want to take them out and show them what it's all about before they spend all that money on equipment.

"And show them the time and effort that goes in behind the scenes.

"Everyone wants to be a photographer these days without understanding the journey behind it."

The Byron tuition is open to any level photographer and diving experience is not required.

Equipment, including cameras, will be supplied.

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