- Paperback: 127 pages
- Publisher: Amherst Media (November 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608952533
- ISBN-13: 978-1608952533
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
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Advanced Underwater Photography: Techniques for Digital Photographers Paperback – November 2, 2011
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About 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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The first few chapters are so chock full of useless fluff, I nearly chucked this book in the trash. For example, on P18, the author explains in painful detail why its better to have in-focus shots than blurry ones.
But soldiering on, eventually the book does get into real-deal info on equipment and technique and provides enough useful information that a beginning underwater photographer will learn a thing or two.
There are plenty of photos illustrating technique, always with F-stop, shutter speed, and ISO, but only sometimes with focal length.
If you are an intermediate or advanced underwater photographer, skip this book as it will be too basic for you. If you have no experience with UWP, this is a decent place to start, though far better technical resources are avail on the web for free. Just search for "underwater photography guide".
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.