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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817459278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817459277
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Skerry is a professional photojournalist specializing in underwater subject matter. He has worked in diverse environments including the open ocean, beneath ice, and inside underwater caves and shipwrecks. Currently an assignment photographer for National Geographic, his work also appears in People, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, Yankee, Men's Journal, and dozens of other publications. He also does film work for CNN, Discovery Channel, NOVA (PBS), and National Geographic films. He lives in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. Howard Hall is a well-known marine naturalist, underwater photographer, film producer, cinematographer, and writer whose articles and photographs have appeared in LIFE, Natural History Magazine, The New York Times, GEO, International Wildlife, Skin Diver, Vista USA, and National Geographic. The winner of six Emmy awards, he works in television with NBC, CBS Sports, PBS, ABC, and National Geographic, and also directs IMAX films, receiving a 1995 Oscar nomination for his work on The Living Sea. He lives in Del Mar, California.

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Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories.

An award-winning photographer, Brian is praised worldwide for his aesthetic sense as well as his journalistic drive for relevance. His uniquely-creative images tell stories that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea, but also help bring attention to the large number of issues that endanger our oceans and its inhabitants.

Unique within the field of underwater photography is Brian's ability to pursue subjects of great diversity. He typically spends eight months each year in the field and frequently finds himself in environments of extreme contrast from tropical coral reefs to diving beneath polar ice. While on assignment he has lived on the bottom of the sea, spent months aboard fishing boats and traveled in everything from snowmobiles to canoes to the Goodyear Blimp to get the picture. He has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater over the last thirty years.

For National Geographic Magazine, Brian has covered a wide range of stories, from the harp seal's struggle to survive in frozen waters to the alarming decrease in the world's fisheries, both cover stories. Other NGM features have focused on subjects such as the planet's last remaining pristine coral reefs, the plight of the right whale, sharks, marine reserves, sea turtles and squid.

Brian has also worked on assignment for or had images featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Esquire, Audubon, Men's Journal and in countless publications worldwide.

Brian frequently lectures on photography and conservation issues having presented at venues such as TED Talks, Harvard University, The National Press Club in Washington, DC and the Royal Geographical Society in London. He is also a regular guest on programs such as NBC's Today Show, CBS's Sunday Morning, and ABC's Good Morning America.

After three decades of exploring the world's oceans, Skerry continues to pursue stories that will increase awareness about the sea. "The oceans are in trouble. There are some serious problems out there that I believe are not clear to many people. My hope is to continually find new ways of creating images and stories that both celebrate the sea yet also highlight environmental problems. Photography can be a powerful instrument for change."

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One remark, you should forget about pices of equipement.
Wojciech Korsak
Lots of good info here on equipment and techniques for the aspiring underwater photographer.
Capt. Lou Costello
This book is top notch book for serious underwater photographers.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Under Exposed on October 12, 2004
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This is by far the most helpful book on underwater photography that I have read up to now. It is not just a coffee-table book of gorgeous images. The authors have genuinely set out to teach the craft of u/w photography. Each photograph is discussed in detail - how it was taken, how the exposure was determined, shooting angle, the instructions to the model, how they got the fish to look through the hole, etc. Best of all, they teach you how to appraise other photographs, to identify the technique used and to criticise weaknesses. The images and the technique data are mainly from film cameras, but digital cameras are discussed too. An excellent, inspiring, articulate, readable and beautifully-presented book. Sits next to Jim Church's Essential Guide to Composition on my quick access bookshelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Capt. Lou Costello on October 24, 2005
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This outstanding effort by Brian Skerry with Howard Hall is very definitely one of the finest books I have ever read on the art and wizardry of taking pictures in the hostile environment of a watery world. Lots of good info here on equipment and techniques for the aspiring underwater photographer. Although published at the dawn of the age of the practical high definition digital camera it shows that the essence of photography is above all to work with light and that the rules are the same for any camera. Packed with splendid images and insightful text this book belongs on the bookshelf of all divers who aspire to excellence in the world of underwater photography.The Wreck Hunters: Dive to the Wreck of the USS Bass
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wojciech Korsak on February 12, 2009
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It's really good book! I have had a lot of nice time when reading..
One remark, you should forget about pices of equipement. In book nothing about. But is really very expensive staff!! Author also practically wrtite nothing about diving equipement...
But as a handbook is really great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CMA on February 23, 2007
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Worth owning just to see the beautiful photography within! Designed for the professional and avid amateur, this book is full of useful advice and discussions of such topics as: what happens to light underwater, shooting wildlife and people underwater, angle choices, and even suggestions on how to sell underwater photography. A great choice!
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This book is in its third edition, with both authors being tops in underwater photography.
Bryan Skerry is full time with the National Geographic and Howard Hall has won three Emmy Awards,
that speaks for their qualitications.
This book is top notch book for serious underwater photographers. Its only defect is that it is
dated and has very little on digital photography What I do is bypass the few chapters on Nikonos and similar
equipment and study the sections on composition, lightling, subjects, negative space, all beautifully handled
by Skerry and Hall
Even so, I give it as a gift to my friends, and also recommend it My hope is that the authors are now
working on a fourth edition to include digital cameras
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