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The Beginner’s Guide to Underwater Digital Photography

  • ISBN13: 9781584282747
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Product Description

Simplifying the seemingly difficult and expensive art of underwater photography, this accessible investigation outlines the four elements of success: focus, exposure, composition, and subject. Beginning with an overview of necessary diving skills, this survey reviews these four categories in detail, depicting how to obtain superior results even without the latest and greatest equipment. Maintenance and first-aid tactics are presented as well, reducing the chance of disappointing malfunctions during a dive. Also covered is the importance of developing a photography plan beforehand—both for the safety of the divers and the protection of the underwater environment. Concluding with post-shoot techniques for choosing the best frames, cropping photos for printing, and the top methods of presentation, this examination demonstrates how underwater images can be used to share the world of diving while promoting important conservation efforts.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Underwater Digital Photography



  • Mary E. Moyer

    I just received my copy of this book and I sat down and read it cover to cover. Besides that, I would stop and say to my husband, “listen to this!” or “this is a good tip to remember!’. We have been diving for over 10 years and doing underwater photography for a couple of those. We both decided that this was the kind of book that we wished we had when we started. It has the three “C”s: clear, concise, and it has common sense. It truly is ,to quote Larry, for us “regular guys”. It outlines everything that you need to consider from purchasing equipment, planing your dive, transporting your gear, caring for and troubleshooting equipment, approaching your subject, composing your shot and finally, processing your final product. It is extremely readable, very helpful and informative without being too “tech-y”. ( I always wondered what JPEG and TIFF stood for.) If you are just starting out or you want a great reference book for underwater photography, this is the one to get!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  • orca

    I would have given this a 5 except the cover is already starting to come off. The contents are certainly worth it. Reading and the easy way the writer has made understanding the concepts of digital photography has already helped me improve my shots in this new medium and explains some of the mistakes I was making.

    The only other fault I have found so far is A mis-lablling of a couple of illustrative photographs. Excellent introduction for those entering the digital realm of underwater photography
    Rating: 4 / 5

  • Midwest Book Review

    L. Gates’s Beginner’s Guide to Underwater Digital Photography tells how to master technical photography skills needed to create fine underwater images. From selecting the right camera and adding light to designing compositions to suit an image, step-by-step tips for all phases of a photography dive are covered in this outstanding reference.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  • Jan McGarva

    If you are just beginning in underwater photography, or simply looking to refresh, improve, or fine tune your present photo skills, the “Beginner’s Guide to Underwater Digital Photography” provides practical underwater photo instruction, equipment tips and lighting techniques that any diver can put to use the next time they dive.

    Larry Gates does a great job explaining photo and camera techniques. He follows up with great examples, adds a little humor, and makes the learning process fun! He also gives examples of what not to do, so this helps the underwater photographer avoid many problems that are unique to underwater photography.

    Whether or not you are shooting with a digital SLR, or a compact “Point and Shoot” style digital camera, or even with film, this book is the perfect guide to taking better underwater photos. The author takes you right from choosing the right equipment for your needs, to taking photos, editing photos, dive photo etiquette, manual settings, special effects, wide angle, macro, and much more. There is also a great chapter on equipment care and maintenance.

    I would definitely recommend this book if you are new to underwater photography, are looking to improve your underwater photo skills, or just need to refresh your memory because you haven’t been diving in a while.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  • Dorothy J. Demell

    Very informative book — Larry is a fabulous photographer — and makes taking underwater photographs understandable for all levels of photographers and divers.
    Rating: 5 / 5