Eight highly readable and innovative chapters about motivation, equipment, technique, mindframe, philosophy, artistic and media influences, camera models and brands, underwater housings, strobes, macrophotography, wide-angle images, portraits, topside dive interval photography and many, many other subjects.
Illustrated with a spectacular selection of some of the Ferrari's best shots of a lifetime plus exceptional image contributions by some of the world's best professional and gifted amateur (this is a first!) underwater photographers - including Doug Perrine, Charles Hood, John Scarlett, Alex Mustard, Eric Cheng, Tony Wu, Stephen Wong, Takako Uno, Alberto Luca Recchi and many, many others.
'A Divers Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography' strives to be completely different from other guides currently on the market, and features scores of spectacular images from some of the world's most influential professionals and also many extraordinarily gifted amateurs.
Each photograph is extensively captioned illustrating technique, equipment used, location, creative choices and final results.
Great art is not created by committees or consensus, but by passionate individuals with vision and desire. The Ferraris' guide to the art of underwater photography is as personal and as opinionated a book on the subject as you are ever likely to read. And all the better for it. This book gives us a rare insight into the mindset, dedication and imagination involved in creating magnificent underwater images. Although he always seems keen to modestly deny it, Andrea Ferrari is an excellent underwater photographer. ... I sat down and read this enjoyable book from cover to cover. The lack of techno-talk makes it a very accessible method to improve your photography. - Dr Alex Mustard, www.wetpixel.com
"With an enviable reputation for authoring fine books on underwater photography, the Ferraris have laced the pages of their new book with juicy pictures (...) There is none of the pseudo-art talk that often ruins otherwise beautiful books of photographs. I read it from cover to cover, and it's a great read. The pictures do the talking, and need no talking-up. (...) This 360-page volume doesn't have a weak page in it." - John Bantin, Diver Magazine, April 2008.
"This book is filled with spectacular images, designed not only to offer great technical guidance, but also help the underwater photographer discover and develop the artist within. Clearly the best and most beautiful 'how-to" book ever produced. Rigorously field-tested digital techniques; the hidden techniques behind imaginative framing and lighting, wide-angle and fish-eye to macro photography, from fish portraits to above/below split images, from basic point-and-shoot digital pocket cameras to complex housed professional DSLR systems, it's all here in a highly-readable, technically-accessible, step-by-step guide." - Undercurrent.org, April 2008
"This is a clever concept that should appeal to anyone interested in underwater photography. It's a mixture of technique, anecdotes and advice, interspersed with the authors' excellent photographs. But what makes it different is the analysis of guest photographers' star pictures, which feature prominently across the 360 pages of this book. The authors have included information that will prove useful to any snapper, from the novice with a digi-compact right up to the seasoned professional." - Simon Rogerson, DIVE Magazine, June 2008.
"A new entry to the subject of underwater photography, this book is less about the technical aspects of the craft and more about the art and the "eye." This is a big, fat, beautiful, coffee-table-type book that includes 400 photographs illustrating techniques to achieve such effects as artistic lighting and framing. Inspirational as well as educational." - Mike Severns Diving, Hawaii
"After quickly selling out of the first print run, the book from my fellow DPG editors is now available once again ... a book replete with breathtaking imagery, coupled with musings on successful techniques, composition, and perhaps above all else, the essence of the mindset for a underwater photographer ... an excellent resource for photographers of all levels. Even seasoned pros who think they may know all there is to know on a particular subject, for example, strobe placement, may still be interested to hear Andrea's personal - and without question - unique opinions on the matter. Beginners can use his guidance as an initial place to start. In fact, the special chapter on compact cameras written by Leon Joubert and Claudia Pellarini-Joubert is one of the best primers on starter cameras I have ever read, and thus, makes the book truly ideal for novices." - Matt J Weiss, Divephotoguide.com
"This book serves beginners and advanced photographers well. The former will learn how to choose a system while the latter will find inspiration in thoughts on discipline and tenacity. All readers of this book will take something from the many images presented for your pleasure and education. If you are looking for f/stop and shutter speed you will not find it in this book. Instead, you will find ideas, concepts and discussion that will help you grow as a photographer" - DIVER Magazine, January 2009