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Master Guide for Underwater Digital Photography Paperback – August 1, 2005
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There was a time when I was so very comfortable with my Nikon 35mm cameras in their large aluminium housings I really didn't care that the equipment was out-of-date - all I needed was film. Over time, the results of my endeavours had supported four books of my own, many by other people and I don't know how many articles. One picture was even used by National Geographic as the cover shot for one of their videos!
And then came Digital and I had to change almost everything. My personal conversion proved to be a VERY steep leaning curve and even now I am not quite as comfortable as I used to be as few short years ago. I mention all this because I never used to buy books on underwater photography - not because I knew it all, certainly not! It was because I was plodding along quite happily (and moderately successfully!) - and if it ain't broke don't fix it.
Now I take every opportunity to continue the ongoing education demanded by Digital photography. Not all the books I read are on underwater photography but of those that are, this is only of moderate use. It is not as comprehensive as one might expect, does not contain sufficient information on several separate areas and, it must be said, some of the photographs are not as good as one would expected to find in a book which says this is how it should be done! Nevertheless, there are lessons to be learned so it does provide a moderately useful addition to my personal library.
I read this book just before taking a dive trip to Maui, and found the information extremely helpful. I highly recommend it!
With digital cameras, the industry is still in a period of fast change. The camera you buy today will probably be replaced in a year or two. The underwater housing people have come up with housing just about as fast as the cameras come out. Sometimes it seems even before the cameras are shipped.
Jack and Sue Drafahl have been underwater photographers for 35 years. They have made the change to digital and in this book describe the advantages and differences of using digital equipment underwater.
The book is a general introduction to underwater photography as well as covering the specialized parts of digital photography. Well worth reading before your trip to the islands.