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The Underwater Photographer

Handbook / Manual
By: Martin Edge(Author), Stuart Gibson(Author)
486 pages, 424 colour & 1 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Focal Press
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  • The Underwater Photographer ISBN: 9781138123588 Edition: 5 Paperback Apr 2020 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1 week
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In this long-awaited fifth edition of the best-selling book, Martin Edge continues to provide the definitive guide to underwater photography. The Underwater Photographer covers everything from the basic principles, the equipment and approaches to composition and lighting through to creating an individual style.

The Underwater Photographer features over 400 updated colour images – taken on numerous dives around the world – with an accompanying narrative that provides detailed information on how the shots were taken, their strengths and weaknesses and how to fix mistakes. Practical examples take you step-by-step through the basic techniques: photographing shipwrecks, divers, marine life, macro images and taking photographs at night. New chapters cover the latest equipment, processes and techniques including SLR Cameras, water contact lenses, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, micro four third systems, super macro techniques, motion blur, LED lighting and more.

Packed with inspiring examples from global diving destinations and speciality chapters written by professionals in the field, The Underwater Photographer is an indispensable masterclass for both the novice and seasoned underwater photographer.


Introduction About the 5th Edition

1. Principles of Underwater Photography
2. Digital Compacts, Mirrorless Cameras & Micro 4/3rds by Mario Vitalini
3. SLR Cameras
4. Diving To Take Photographs
5. The Mindset of a Successful Underwater Photographer
6. All About Lighting
7. Composition Underwater
8. Close-Up, Macro and Super Macro
9. Wide Angle
10. Three Deadly Sins by Kevin and Maggie Reed

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Martin Edge is a lifelong member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers with over 35 years of experience dedicated to advancing the art and technique of underwater photography. He teaches and runs workshops in underwater photography and is a regular columnist for major diving magazines.

Stuart Gibson has been diving for over 20 years. His passion for underwater photography started in 1999 with an old Olympus film camera. He met Martin in 2006 and has joined him on many photography trips and, in recent years, assisted him on several workshops.

Handbook / Manual
By: Martin Edge(Author), Stuart Gibson(Author)
486 pages, 424 colour & 1 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Focal Press
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Praise for the previous editions:

"Packed with beautiful images and an easy-to read style, this book is both educational and inspirational."
Scuba Diving Magazine

"In its third edition, The Underwater Photographer has evolved to become almost a standard work of reference. Martin Edge has developed his writing skills over the years, and we recommend this volume for anyone pursuing the now-less-than black art of underwater photography, especially with digital image-gathering in mind."
DIVE Magazine

" [...] let us just say that this is THE best underwater photo technique book on the market [...] PERIOD!"
DIVER Magazine

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