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The Underwater Photographer, 4th Edition

Book Description

The award-winning third edition of 'The Underwater Photographer' dragged the topic kicking and screaming in to the digital age and with the fully updated fourth edition highly respected photographer and tutor Martin Edge takes you deeper in to the world of Underwater Photography.

Practical examples take you step-by-step through the basic techniques from photographing shipwrecks, divers, marine life and abstract images to taking photographs at night. Brand new chapters cover not only highly specialist Underwater Photography techniques such as low visibility/greenwater photography, but also the digital workflow needed to handle your images using the latest software such as Lightroom.

Packed with breathtaking images and an easy to read style honed from over twenty years of diving photography courses, this book is sure to both educate and inspire underwater photographers of all skill levels.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Dedication
  4. Title
  5. Copyright
  6. Contents
  7. Foreword
  8. About the Book
  9. Introduction
  10. Acknowledgements
  11. Photographic Information
  12. Chapter 1: Principles of Underwater Photography
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Apertures
    3. Understanding Shutter Speeds
    4. How Aperture and Shutter Speed Work Together
    5. Understanding Depth of Field
    6. Understanding ISO
    7. Understanding White Balance and Colour Temperature
    8. RAW v JPEG
    9. Memory Cards
    10. Understanding Bit Depth
    11. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
    12. Refraction
    13. Loss of Light and Loss of Colour
    14. Closer and Closer
    15. The Problems with Shooting Down
    16. Understanding Lenses
  13. Chapter 2: Digital Compact Cameras by Mark Koekemoer
    1. Understanding the Digital Compact Camera
    2. Choosing a Close-up Lens
    3. Flashguns
    4. Filters
    5. Summary
    6. The Compact Image Gallery
  14. Chapter 3: SLR Cameras and Housings
    1. Introduction to SLR Cameras
    2. SLR Camera Exposure Modes
    3. Understanding Exposure Compensation
    4. Understanding Metering Patterns
    5. SLR Cameras and Auto Focus Underwater
    6. Full Frame and Cropped Sensors
    7. Understanding Histograms: The Basics
    8. New Ideas about In-Camera Histogram
    9. Image Overlay Feature
    10. Live View
    11. Viewfinder Dioptre Adjustment Control
    12. SLR Camera Housings by Steve Warren
    13. How do I Choose a System?
    14. Housing Construction
    15. SLR Housing Viewfinder
    16. Image Reducer
    17. Magnifying Optics
    18. Viewfinders Come in Different Orientations
    19. Check the Small Print
    20. Ports
    21. Flashguns
    22. Other Features
    23. The Future
  15. Chapter 4: Diving to Take Photographs
    1. Introduction
    2. How to Take Pictures and Protect the Reef
    3. Pre-Planning
    4. F8 — 1 Metre — Be There!
    5. Accessibility
    6. Photo Body Angles
  16. Chapter 5: The Mindset of the Successful Underwater Photographer
    1. Introduction
    2. ‘Think and Consider’ (TC) System
    3. Camera Preparation
    4. Developing our Powers of Concentration
    5. Subject Selection, Negative Space, Potential — The Way in which we Choose what to Shoot
    6. Approach
    7. Lighting for Underwater Photography
    8. Composition for the TC System
    9. Visualisation
    10. Patience
    11. Peak of the Action
    12. Shoot, Evaluate and Work the Subject
  17. Chapter 6: All About Lighting
    1. Light in the Sea
    2. Natural Light
    3. Using Flashguns
    4. Blending Natural Light and Flash Together
  18. Chapter 7: Composition Underwater
    1. Introduction
    2. The Work of Other Underwater Photographers
    3. Decision Making Through the Viewfinder
    4. Horizontal or Vertical — Landscape or Portrait
    5. Focal Point: Attract the Eye of the Viewer
    6. Golden Rules: Law of Thirds
    7. Bull’s-Eye Approach: Centering the Subject
    8. Holding Your Camera Housing: Orientation
    9. Dramatic Diagonals
    10. Tilting the Camera
    11. Enclosure
    12. Curves and Circles
    13. Horizon Line
    14. Depth Perspective
    15. Complementary Colours
    16. Balance
    17. Baseline
    18. Mergers
    19. Amputations
    20. Eye Contact
    21. Something to Swim Into
    22. Simplicity Itself
    23. Big is not Always Better
    24. Which Way to View
    25. Breaking the Rules
    26. In Conclusion
  19. Chapter 8: Close-Up and Macro
    1. Introduction
    2. Blue Water Close-Up
    3. Blue Water Macro Examples
    4. Close-Up Blur AKA Bokeh
    5. Shooting Fish Close-Up
    6. Abstract Art
    7. Super Macro Photography by Keri Wilk
  20. Chapter 9: Wide Angle
    1. Shooting Wide Angles: Introduction to the Wide Angle Concept
    2. Close Focus Wide Angle
    3. Working with a Model
    4. Wide Angle and Slow Shutter Speeds
    5. Schooling Fish
    6. Split Levels
    7. Photographing Shipwrecks
    8. Shooting Pelagics by John Wallis
    9. SLRS
    10. Wide Angle Macro
    11. The Wide Angle Wow Factor
  21. Chapter 10: Underwater Photography in Temperate Waters by Shannon Conway
    1. Introduction
    2. Green/Temperate Water Magic Filters by Peter Rowlands
  22. Chapter 11: Creating an Individual Style by Dr Alexander Mustard
    1. The Development of a Photographic Style
    2. Education Before Innovation
    3. Deciding to be Different
    4. Vibrant and Inviting Wide Angle
    5. Characterful Macro
    6. Play-Time: Experimenting with Ideas and Dealing with Failure
    7. The Pitfalls of Being Different
    8. Editing is Crucial
    9. Conclusion
  23. Chapter 12: Developing a Workflow System by Stuart Gibson
    1. Introduction
    2. Software
    3. Image File Management
    4. Organising the Images
    5. Develop Module
    6. Collections
    7. Exporting Files from Lightroom
    8. Conclusion
  24. Internet Resources Suppliers
  25. Glossary
  26. Index