Michael - Sea In Focus
Michael Zeigler

I absolutely love underwater photography; it truly makes my heart sing! Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University, I bought a one-way ticket to Southern California and immediately fell in love with the ocean. I've been hooked ever since I took my first underwater photo. Although I've had the opportunity to dive many amazing places around the world, I prefer capturing the beauty of the diverse marine life that inhabits the rich kelp forests of Southern California. It simply can't be beat! If you enjoy my photography, please feel free to follow my Instagram feed, where I post daily. 

Over the years, I've been very fortunate to work with the great people at Sport Diver,Scuba Diving, and DIVE magazines, as well as other publications from around the world. Most recently, I co-founded Immersed Imaging with my friend and award-winning photographer, Todd Winner. Amongst other things, we run some really fun international expeditions. You should come along! Click here to sign-up for our newsletter. If nothing else, we'll do our best to add a few pretty pictures to your inbox.

Since March 2013, I've been a proud member of the Ocean Artists Society, which uses ocean art to inspire people around the world and to create a greater awareness of our need to protect and preserve our natural world. It's a really great cause with a very important message. I would encourage you to subscribe to their free e-zine and quarterly films. Great stuff!


Interested in licensing my work for your projects or company? Please visit my stock portfolio at iStock.

Lessons & Speaking Engagements

Looking to improve your craft? I am passionate about teaching and helping my fellow photographers take their skills to the next level. Whether you're looking for a private, semi-private, or group lesson, let me know! I promise you'll learn something, and have fun doing it. Photography lessons are typically held on a charter boat, however, sessions for photography and Lightroom can be held in a classroom setting or via Skype. Looking for a speaker for your next club meeting? I really enjoy providing entertaining and dynamic presentations for groups of all sizes. Please click on Contact tab for inquiries. Thanks!


As a Nauticam Ambassador, I'm currently using a Nikon D850 in a Nauticam housing with Ikelite DS-160 strobes. For close-focus wide-angle shooting, I prefer the Sigma 15mm fisheye lens behind the Nauticam 140mm dome. For macro, my favorite lens is the Nikon 105mm along with the Nauticam SMCclose-up lens for super macro. When I need a focus light, I rely on my Light & Motion SOLA 800

While diving in the temperate waters of Southern California, I couldn't be happier with the comfort and durability of my Waterproof D7 Pro Cordura ISS drysuit and their Ultima Dry Glove System.