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Ted Grambeau is an internationally renowned surf adventure photographer. Shooting advertising, fashion and action in some of the most remote regions on the planet.

Surf Photography MasterClass Workshop Ted Grambeau

27 April - 4 May 2019

The Surf Ocean Lifestyle Photography Masterclass will go deep into the realms of ocean photography through a complete, eight-day, live-in experience in beautiful Komune Resort, Keramas, Bali.

Fronting the famous Keramas break (home to the WSL’s Bali Pro Event 13-25 May), Komune Resort and Beach Club Bali is a superb venue for the Surf Ocean Lifestyle Masterclass - the perfect location to be immersed in a week of ocean photography and learning.


Photography is all about the never-ending search for the best techniques, the right gear and the perfect subjects to help make images stand out from the crowd. Foto Frenzy’s Surf Ocean Lifestyle Masterclass will do just that.

Master lensman Ted Grambeau and ocean photo-artist Phil Thurston will be guiding participants through eight days of comprehensive and practical instruction and discussion that will establish the mindset, vision, skills and tools that aspiring ocean photographers need to take their imagery to the next level.

Education is such a valuable thing; it has the power to change the course of your life and empowers you to create your own opportunity
— Phil Thurston


Quality instruction in the classroom will complement time on the beach and in the water putting your new skills into practice.

  • Defining your purpose and goals

  • In-water shooting

  • Underwater

  • Top-side

  • Stills and Motion

  • Lifestyle shoots with talent and products

  • Capturing surf action (including night surfing)

  • Creative camera techniques

  • Creative post-processing

  • Effective workflows


These two great photographers will be supported by the Foto Frenzy Team. With representatives from Aquatech water housings also be there offering an extensive range of all popular housing and camera setups to shoot in and around the ocean with.

With two world-class surf mentors sharing their extensive knowledge, participants will gain an in-depth understanding across the surf, ocean and lifestyle photo genres.

Realising ones potential is a goal. As a photographer, it’s a never-ending quest to strive to improve all aspects of our image making skills
— Ted Grambeau


This workshop will spark creativity, and craft a skill-set that can be harnessed to produce inspiring work in all types of photography. Hobbyist or aspiring pro’s alike, you’ll be provided with the tools for achieving professional results.



Gold Coast-based Ted Grambeau is one of the world’s most experienced professional surf photographers, with a career spanning over four decades of making a full-time living as a professional surf photographer.

Studying photography formally at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia and assisting legendary Magnum photographer Burt Glinn in New York laid a sound technical foundation to be the basis of all of Ted’s work. With expertise not only in action sports, but he’s also equally at home in fashion and portraiture work and his fine art images have been at the forefront of ocean imagery for many years. A wealth of experience photographing in the surf has enabled Ted to translate his water photography skills and apply them to underwater fashion, portraiture and swimwear with ease.

With a passion for adventure that has taken him to more than 100 countries, he’s photographed assignments with every major surf brand on the Planet. Being a part of major campaigns like the Rip Curl “Search”; Quiksilver’s “Crossing” and; Billabongs “Odyssey”. His images have graced the covers and filled the editorial pages for all of the world’s leading surf magazines and online sites.

Ted’s commercial clients include Apple; Speedo; National Geographic; Redbull; Patagonia; Corona; Warner Bros; Valley EyeWear; Oakley; Smithsonian and many more. He’s worked on numerous swimwear label editorials features and campaigns. Ted has three books published on his work, the prestigious Surfers Journal “Masters of Surf Photography”, “The Surfer and Mermaid” a children’s book in collaboration with writer Tim Baker and most recently; “Adventures in Light’ published in conjunction with Rip Curl to celebrate four decades of Ted’s photographic journey. Along with those works dedicated solely to his photography, Ted has contributed to another twenty books and has held several exhibitions of Fine Art photography worldwide.

With a professional career unmatched in surf, ocean and lifestyle photography, Ted Grambeau’s experience, knowledge and skills will be the source of much inspiration and practical learning for those set on taking their photography to new levels.



In 2012 Phil set out to pursue his dream of being a professional ocean photographer. Based on the southern NSW coast of Australia, Phil (now a Manfrotto Global Ambassador) is established as one of the new-breed of ocean photo-artists, always chasing new interpretations of the ocean, while also taking on commercial work and freelance photography and filming projects.

My goal is to capture the things I see in such a unique and fashionable way that through my imagery people are inspired to see life from a new perspective.



Based on Australia’s Gold Coast, Foto Frenzy specialises in creating innovative workshops that provide quality photography education to aspiring photographers, in and around the ocean environment. Founded by world-renowned Canon Master photographer Darren Jew, Foto Frenzy collaborates with the best mentors available, creating workshops that provide solid foundations in the craft of photography and offer guidance and knowledge that will aid photographers on their creative path.

Foto Frenzy’s founder Darren Jew began teaching photography in 1988, and has run hundred’s of day-long, weekend and extended live-in workshops over the last 3 decades. Foto Frenzy’s links with the surf genre had their nexus with the Shooting Waves Workshop collaboration with Phil Thurston in 2016.

Foto Frenzy brings together passion, opportunity, expertise and fun to create unique opportunities to learn photography

Surf Photography Workshop with Ted Grambeau


  • Twin Share Accomodation at Komune Resort and Beach Club Bali
    (Limited Single Supplements are available, please enquire)

  • Breakfasts

  • Lunches

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Wrap-up Dinner

  • Practical shooting sessions with Ted Grambeau and Phil Thurston

  • Workshop presentations with Ted Grambeau and Phil Thurston

  • Supervised Creative Lab Time special

  • Aquatech gear trials to supplement your own kit


  • Airfares to and from Bali
    (please enquire about our group airfare special)

  • Hotel transfers
    (can arrange transfers on request)

  • Dinner other than Welcome and Wrap-up Dinners

  • Personal Photo Equipment

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Snacks

  • Discretionary tips

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Personal water equipment

  • Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance


  • 27 April
    Workshop commences 3pm with Workshop Briefing followed by Welcome Dinner and our first evening presentation.

  • 28 April to 3 May
    Daily Workshop program including a mix of workshops, shooting sessions, presentations, creative time, supervised edit sessions.

  • 4 May
    Workshop concludes after breakfast.



Komune Resort Keramas Bali is a superb venue for this Surf Ocean Lifestyle. Fronting one of the most famous breaks in Bali, the resort offers picturesque surrounds, four star accomodation and healthy meal choices.

The Keramas break is home to the WSL’s Bali Pro event, which will be held just a week after our workshop. Komune has unique night surfing facility too adding a new dimension to your photography.



Bookings for this workshop closed February 24 2019.

Thanks to all who attended our Surf Ocean Lifestyle Photography Workshop in Bali earlier this year. If you missed out then book for our next one.

Inquiries to or visit