Advanced Underwater Photography: Techniques for Digital Photographers

Overview

Designed for photographers who already have strong diving skills and understand basic photographic techniques, this reference defines what advanced underwater photography is while teaching the skills necessary to create professional-quality images. Opening with a quick overview of the basics—such as exposure, focus, subject selection, and composition—the author then expands on each of these topics, showing the techniques pros use to achieve truly stunning images. A major factor in advancing beyond the basic level...

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Overview

Designed for photographers who already have strong diving skills and understand basic photographic techniques, this reference defines what advanced underwater photography is while teaching the skills necessary to create professional-quality images. Opening with a quick overview of the basics—such as exposure, focus, subject selection, and composition—the author then expands on each of these topics, showing the techniques pros use to achieve truly stunning images. A major factor in advancing beyond the basic level of underwater photography is moving from a point-and-shoot or semi-adjustable camera to using a full-featured digital SLR camera. The myriad equipment choices available when making this transition—including cameras, lenses, underwater housings, and the lighting units designed to be used with them—are explained, as are their respective advantages and shortcomings. Because both beginning and advanced underwater photographers can have equipment-related issues, a trouble-shooting section is included to ensure that minor equipment problems won’t ruin a costly dive trip.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Gates has all the information you’ll need to live your dream and explore all the wonders the sea has to offer."  —Shutterbug magazine on The Beginner's Guide to Underwater Digital Photography

"Aims to simplify the daunting task of underwater photography and covers every critical aspect of taking photos underwater."  www.booknews.com on The Beginner's Guide to Underwater Digital Photography

"It covers everything from what you need to start doing underwater photography on up to how to get the professional results you will see in this book." —Paul W. Faust, photographer, photo restorer, and photo stock service professional

"There is information on equipment care, post-production options, downloading and editing images, and pricing." —www.BookNews.com (December 2011)

"This reference defines what advanced underwater photography is while teaching the skills necessary to create professional-quality images." —www.UwpMag.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608952533
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 918,977
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Gates is a professional underwater photographer, a credentialed educator of underwater photography, and the author of The Beginner's Guide to Underwater Digital Photography. His images have appeared in Florida Scuba News, Skin Diver, and Water Line. He has also worked as a safety and support diver for Paramount Studios and provided technical assistance on dives for Vogue magazine. He lives in Key Largo, Florida.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Great book, good price.

    Larry Gates¿ latest underwater photography book is a bit of a departure from his previous one. This, which is called ¿Advanced¿ (rather than ¿A Beginner¿s Guide¿), might sound intimidating, but it¿s written in the same comfortable style, and is accessible to people with some minimum background in SCUBA and photography. The tech-speak is minimal, and when used, is clearly explained.
    The first part of the book is a discussion of equipment (cameras, housings, strobes, and more). This is followed by a discussion imaging techniques, which like in his last book, I think is extremely well thought out and useful. So far, this is essentially an extension of the Beginner¿s Guide, with a bit more detail and some different ways of looking at things. The big difference in this text is the 20+ pages written and illustrated by seven other photographers, giving their perspectives and thoughts on a variety of topics. They are all good, but my favorites are John Yasaki because of the color he captures, Connie Z¿s subject selection, and Brian Bolton who has some great macro shots. The book ends with a very useful chapter on handling the digital images in the computer.
    A very good book, and considering the high quality color printing, a very good deal, too.

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