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The Underwater Photographer Paperback – 10 Jun 1996

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (10 Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240514335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240514338
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19.7 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,630,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 July 2011
Format: Paperback
It is the many photographs I have seen taken by this man which make me realise I still have a long way to go as far as mastering the art of underwater photography is concerned.

Time was when every newly trained scuba diver would talk about the diving facility they are going to open now that they have learned to dive. Not so any more. Today, they are more conscious of the underwater environment and are keen to progress on to underwater photography. Well this is where that journey towards taking successful pictures begins. Martin Edge has mastered the art of underwater photography and has that indefinable knack of being able to teach others what he knows - and very successfully indeed.

So, if you are contemplating buying your first underwater camera - or if you have already done so, then get a copy of this book and do 2 things. Firstly, read it. Then wait a week and read it again! My own photographs were first published in 1974 and my first underwater pictures in 1979. Right now, my work has appeared every single month for the past 7 years. Yet I have still learned a lot from this book.

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A must for all underwater photographers. 13 Oct. 1998
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Format: Paperback
I have read most of the popular books on the subject but I found this book compelling. The author does not waste time dronning on and on about all the different kinds of equipment. He concentrates on the mind and the eye....the heart and the sole (his words not mine) and he does just that. For once Martin Edge discusses all the tricksof the trade about how particular shots are obtained. He discloses the number of shots that he got wrong before the one that he was pleased with. There are chapters on Patience, Concentration, and Subject Selection. What I most enjoyed about the book was the section on the TC System, It means Think and Consider and it is a concept that he encourages all underwater photographers to do underwater before they press the shutter. The images are stunning and its a book I could read over and over again. I strongly recomend this book to any underwater photographer. It will, I am sure, improve their underwater photography.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must for beginning and experienced u/w photographers. 28 May 1998
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Martin's book is an excellent read for all levels of photographers. Rather than concentrating on the technical workings of the camera, which numerous books do, this book is about taking pictures - choosing subjects, planning composition and generally thinking about what you are doing (his TC system - "think and consider"). My u/w results improved 1000 fold as a result (and, I have to admit, having been on his course and his 1997 expedition to Sipadan!). Should give something to u/w photographers at all levels.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good Comprehensive Introduction to Underwater Photography 18 Mar. 1998
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Martin Edge provides a comprehensive introduction to underwater photography. He covers everything from camera basics to handling the distractions of being underwater to lighting. I thought his balance of content was excellent. The many color photograph examples were also very useful in understanding each element. A must buy for new U/W photographers.
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