Cathy Church's Photo Centre

Cathy Church's Photo Centre

Cathy Church's Photo Centre
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10:15 AM - 5:15 PM
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Cathy Church's Photo Centre located at Sunset House hotel has the a wide selection of duty-free cameras at the lowest prices in the Caribbean. Whether you need the latest DSLR camera or lens, a waterproof camera to take to the beach, a spare battery or charger, a t-shirt and sunhat or even just a candy bar and a cold water, their friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you. They have been the photo experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Be sure to check out Cathy's world famous Underwater Photo Gallery for a truly unique and special gift. A short walk or taxi drive from the cruise ship terminal or 7 Mile Beach, this store can serve all of your needs for land and underwater cameras. Take a private underwater photography lesson including a SCUBA dive right off shore with Cathy Church or her fabulous staff.
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RUSTIC_41
Virginia Beach, VA80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
In May, I had the wonderful opportunity to receive instruction from both Cathy Church and one of her very capable associates, Lisa Collins. My first course was with Lisa, followed by an enjoyable dive on Mermaid Reef. The next day, I had instruction from Cathy, after which we dove on Sunset House Reef. I wrapped up my week of diving with a course in Lightroom from Lisa.

I set my expectations high for these lessons and dives given the reputation of Cathy and her associates. However, my first-hand experiences far exceeded those high expectations.

As but one example, I suggested that Lisa and I work on an image of a barracuda captured on this trip. Lisa applied her wealth of post editing knowledge to produce “My New Friend,” which I will treasure.

When diving with Cathy, she pointed to a small black patch on the sea floor and suggested that I work on capturing an image of a sergeant major’s eggs. She expertly showed me how to best place my light and strobe, together with optimum aperture and zoom settings, along with being in close proximity to the subject eggs, to produce “Big Eyes.”

Without a doubt, I would have run out of air before capturing this image on my own!

My thanks to both Cathy and Lisa for their superlative instruction!
Written June 1, 2022
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I am very glad that you were there at the right time of year and that you got some fabulous photos!! Well done, and thank you for your kind words.
Written August 11, 2023
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Магистранты П
Playa del Carmen, Mexico7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
My friend and I went to Cathy Curch's shop because he is an underwater videographer. Cathy was there and they spent a lot of time taking about underwater photography and she told us the story behind her famous turtle photo. I bought some post card with her wonderful photos and now they are making my house look very cozy. I would highly recommend to visit Cathy's church and you are going to be very lucky to meet her in person and to learn from her about her fascinating life. Thank you for the inspiration, Cathy! All the best! Kind regards from Dive Instructors from Reef Divers Cayman Brac!
Written January 7, 2024
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jeffngayle
Annapolis, MD13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
I am an experienced diver that took up underwater photography about ten years ago, but had clearly "plateaued" in my picture-taking over the past several years. My wife treated me to a private lesson with Cathy for my birthday. It was amazing! We spent some time in the classroom, where she showed me how to maximize the features on my Canon G-16 w/ a Nauticam housing. She then reconfigured my setup to include a strobe. She taught me the basics of lightening and positioning with the strobe. Then off for some underwater practice! We spent almost 75 minutes utilizing the classroom lesson – I quickly learned Cathy’s underwater “language” (verbal and grease pad), as she coached me on camera settings, strobe positioning, and setup of my subject. It was clear that I was an amateur working with a world-class photographer, but Cathy made me feel comfortable and enthusiastic the entire time. She clearly loves to share her knowledge and experience with anyone who is seriously working to improve their photography skills. The class with Cathy was something special, and needless to say, my photography is improving rapidly and I’m still working to master all that I learned in her lesson!
Written September 17, 2017
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SCUBAdubois
Calgary, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
I've been taking underwater photos for several years, and as a SCUBA instructor, I thought I knew what I was doing. However, my shots never seemed to have that wow factor. So I figured it was time to upgrade my system and get something a little better.

When I bought my camera there 16 months ago, they spent over an hour with me just answering questions - and then I walked away to "think it over". The staff were very friendly, informative, and professional. And, there was no pressure to buy. Admittedly, I did some price checking that night on-line and Cathy's prices were equal to, if not better than, any sale price I found at various well known sites. Combined with the excellent customer service, the decision to purchase my equipment there was a no brainer. I won't shop for camera equipment anywhere else. Plus, they ship...so there's no need to.

More recently, I decided to take a course at Cathy Church's Photo Centre and really learn how to take advantage of my new camera after a year of trial and error and getting to know it. My instructor, Jim, was excellent and the tips and tricks he offered were invaluable - they definitely helped take my photos to the next level.

If you are even remotely thinking about getting into underwater photography, I highly recommend Cathy Church's Photo Centre...you won't regret it.
Written April 24, 2016
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Terry P
Carmichael, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
Had a great dive and photo instruction class with Addie. I have taken classes with 2 other instructors that I enjoyed as well, but this was even better! I really appreciate her patience and knowledge, as a diver and photographer. I will definitely catch her next time I'm in Cayman. All the staff was helpful and pleasant, as usual and I especially enjoyed visiting with Tee.
Written February 2, 2016
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frenchiessis
Portage, MI4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
We've had the opportunity to work with Jim Catlin twice in the last two weeks. He was extremely helpful and supportive with our camera issues. The last time I brought my camera in the on-off button was stuck with salt. The manual says to leave the camera in fresh water for 30 min. after snorkeling. During our visit, Jim told us to leave it in much longer in fresh water, and work the on off switch many times. Previously, we had turned the camera on a couple of times, but not several. So, we learned the hard way to leave the camera in fresh water longer than 30 min. and to turn the camera on and off many times.

I went 3 days with no under water camera and was giving up hope that it was fixable. We went to your store (I bought the camera there 3 years ago) and there were a lot of people in the store at once. I was on my way to the airport and was concerned that we weren't going to get help and that I would need to send it in to the company and it would cost $150 just for them to look at it. Jim was patient and fixed it in one minute. He was my hero that day-it worked perfectly after that! I had stopped at a dive shop the day before (when your store was closed), and the person at the counter told us it was a water leakage problem and couldn't be fixed.

We had really trusted and valued what Jim had told us previously so we waited to see what he thought. I was so relieved to have it fixed and off I went to get on my flight back to Michigan.

I wanted to tell you that working with Jim was a pleasure and I trust and respect his knowledge. It doesn't get any better than that!!!!!!!!!!
Sincerely,
Robin St. Arnauld
Written July 6, 2016
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DS256ME
Toronto, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
As an underwater photographer, I can't praise Cathy and her staff enough. I have been amazed at the level of knowledge if cameras, software and picture composition they have. They are always willing to go the extra mile to help with a camera problem even if you are not making a purchase. They go the extra mile to help you be a better photographer.

My wife and I just finished attending the 2016 Photofest. Highly recommended for photographers and videographers regardless of your level of expertise. My wife came back excited about what her GoPro videos could be turned into. This was from the excellent introduction and help from from Jon and Tony working with her after the dives.

If you are a diver and interested in u/w photography, the combination of Cathy Church's Photo Center and Sunset House with Sunset Divers can be beat.

My wife and I have been there 5 times already and are planning our next trip.
Written May 15, 2016
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Evie K
Minnesota182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015
We found some great photos that Cathy took to take home and have framed. We had a really nice conversation with her while we were there as well. She is extremely knowledgeable about more than just taking pictures!
Written March 15, 2016
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IronJoe77
Pittsburgh, PA107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
We stopped to look at Cathy's work and to our surprise she was there! It was great she took time out to speak with us and help us pick out some photos for our house. Cathy really loves her work and it shows, we pick up a photo that was printed and her knees were in the bottom of it. No big deal ,wrong she saw that and pulled them all off the shelf. Then she was nice enough to go and find one that didn't have that. She spoke with us for a while. If you like underwater photography this is a must stop.
Written July 21, 2019
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Thank you for your kind review. I am sorry for this late reply, but sometimes I just get busy. I hope that you continue to enjoy the Turtle photo and that you can come back some time in the future. Cathy Church
Written June 17, 2020
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loriecollins77
Daytona Beach, FL14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
We were greeted by Cathy, with a hello and handshake. loved her direct manner. She shared stories of the images in her gallery, she talked to us about upcoming dive adventures and got us an image size we wanted that was not on the rack.
Written February 18, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to write a nice review. I enjoyed your visit. But then I got so busy that I forgot that I was supposed to check Trip Advisor and comment back myself instead of our manager. Oops! Cathy
Written June 17, 2020
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