Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera: The essential guide to creating engaging photos

Dived Up Publications
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 ‘This book will arm and inspire you to transform your underwater photographs, whatever camera you use’: Alex Mustard (from the Foreword)

The best underwater images don’t just capture the subject well, they also capture mood, emotion and atmosphere. Unlike most other underwater photography books, Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera focuses on composition and techniques rather than the all-­consuming camera technology that people tend to chase first. This makes it a supremely cost-effective tool for improving images; and there is no discrimination between users of different camera systems — this truly is a book for all.

International award winner and instructor Paul Colley reveals the short cuts and shows the vital bits of artistic theory as it applies to underwater photography, grappling with composition in much greater depth than in other books. He also includes easy-to-remember reference models for underwater composition: pre-planned concepts for twelve typical underwater scenes, with the principal considerations boiled down to those essentials that will help you achieve great results, time and again.

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About the author

 Paul Colley is a diving instructor, INON UK underwater photography instructor, Lifetime Vice-President of the Royal Air Force Sub-Aqua Association, and has won international underwater photography competitions to gold medal standard. He writes regularly for diving magazines, websites and his own blog (blog.paulcolleyunderwaterphotography.com) Now he shares his methods and approach with you.

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Publisher
Dived Up Publications
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Published on
May 29, 2014
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781909455047
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Language
English
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Genres
Photography / Techniques / General
Sports & Recreation / Scuba & Snorkeling
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Eligible for Family Library

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Ascension Island is a remote and unique location with caves, tunnels, lava flows, wrecks and rich marine life. This, the first detailed diving and snorkelling guide to the island is both an excellent aid to planning dives and the perfect memento of Ascension. With detailed descriptions and rich imagery this travel-size guide is a must-have for any diver visiting Ascension. This well-designed book helps divers and dive organisers to plan ahead. The contents list includes a rating system which shows the difficulty of dives and the kind of marine life you can expect to see. Individual dive pages go into more detail, with GPS coordinates, depth range, 'must see' items, lists of marine life creatures and important safety considerations. There is a map, recommended route and practical advice for each of the twenty-one dive sites.

• Plan ahead: maps of sites, recommended routes and practical advice

• Illustrated throughout by the award-winning author’s underwater photography

• The perfect preparation for diving and snorkelling in Ascension

• Includes an Index of Ascension Island Common Marine Life.

REVIEWS:

"Written in a straightforward, practical style, while whetting the diver's appetite too - rather like a good dive briefing': DIVE magazine.

"...if you are planning a trip to this particular middle of nowhere, there is only one guide in town!": Diver.

"...immerse yourself in Paul's beautiful book... for the adventurous diver who likes to get off the beaten track this is an absolute must": Joss Woolf, Chairman, British Society of Underwater Photographers.

"This is the first time that anybody has published a detailed dive guide for the island and I know that plenty of people will benefit from it": Martin Edge (from the Foreword).

The top-rated and top-selling photography ebook since 2012 and the first ever Gold Honoree of the Benjamin Franklin Digital Award, gives you five innovations no other book offers:Free video training. 9+ HOURS of video training integrated into the book’s content (requires Internet access). Travel around the world with Tony and Chelsea as they teach you hands-on. Appendix A lists the videos so you can use the book like an inexpensive video course.Classroom-style teacher and peer help. After buying the book, you get access to the private forums on this site, as well as the private Stunning Digital Photography Readers group on Facebook where you can ask the questions and post pictures for feedback from Tony, Chelsea, and other readers. It’s like being able to raise your hand in class and ask a question! Instructions are in the introduction.Lifetime updates. This book is regularly updated with new content (including additional videos) that existing owners receive for free. Updates are added based on reader feedback and questions, as well as changing photography trends and new camera equipment. This is the last photography book you’ll ever need.Hands-on practices. Complete the practices at the end of every chapter to get the real world experience you need.500+ high resolution, original pictures. Detailed example pictures taken by the author in fifteen countries demonstrate both good and bad technique. Many pictures include links to the full-size image so you can zoom in to see every pixel. Most photography books use stock photography, which means the author didn’t even take them. If an author can’t take his own pictures, how can he teach you?

In this book, Tony Northrup (award-winning author of more than 30 how-to books and a professional portrait, wildlife, and landscape photographer) teaches the art and science of creating stunning pictures. First, beginner photographers will master:

CompositionExposureShutter speedApertureDepth-of-field (blurring the background)ISONatural lightFlashTroubleshooting blurry, dark, and bad picturesPet photographyWildlife photography (mammals, birds, insects, fish, and more)Sunrises and sunsetsLandscapesCityscapesFlowersForests, waterfalls, and riversNight photographyFireworksRaw filesHDRMacro/close-up photography

Advanced photographers can skip forward to learn the pro’s secrets for:

Posing men and women. including corrective posing (checklists provided)Portraits (candid, casual, formal, and underwater)Remotely triggering flashesUsing bounce flash and flash modifiersUsing studio lighting on any budgetBuilding a temporary or permanent studio at homeShooting your first weddingHigh speed photographyLocation scouting/finding the best spots and timesPlanning shoots around the sun and moonStar trails (via long exposure and image stacking)Light paintingEliminating noiseFocus stacking for infinite depth-of-fieldUnderwater photographyGetting close to wildlifeUsing electronic shutter triggersPhotographing moving carsPhotographing architecture and real estate
Glass and Water is the first book on underwater photography for freedivers. With contributions from expert underwater photographers this book teaches the skills, knowledge and equipment necessary to successfully pursue underwater photography without scuba gear.

Rather than seeking to replace books on underwater photography, Glass and Water  focuses on freediving techniques, equipment and photo opportunities. By carefully choosing or adapting freediving and photographic equipment some early hurdles can be avoided. Using appropriate freediving techniques can increase the length of time available for taking photographs underwater. And by being aware of the possibilities, frustrations can be avoided and good subjects sought out.

Includes photos and/or contributions from Fred Buyle, Sue Flood, Danny Kessler, Dr Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler, Laura Storm, Andrew Sutton, Shane Wasik, and a Foreword by Dan Bolt.

Contents include: Foreword by Dan Bolt; Free­diving Equipment for Underwater Photo­graphy; Photographic Equipment; Underwater Photography Basics; Challenges and Opportunities for Freedivers; Lungcraft; Finning; Descents and Ascents; Neutral Buoyancy; Hydrodynamics; Safety; Creature by Creature; A Virtual Dive; Behind the Lens. Plus a Glossary of key terms.

Reviews

‘A very informative book which will help freedivers improve their images… The nicest surprise for me was the “Virtual Dive” chapter. This chapter alone was worth the price of the book… Glass and Water is obviously aimed at freedivers but scuba divers would also benefit from the content of this book': UWP magazine.

‘It’s most unlikely that you’ll come away without learning something brand new and innovative… I’m very impressed indeed’: Martin Edge. (Read Martin’s full review of Glass and Water here).

‘Glass and Water should be as essential as a pair of fins and a camera for underwater photographers. Mark shares his tremendous expertise … the methodical and well-illustrated techniques will benefit anyone wishing to produce great images in the sea’: Brian Skerry.


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