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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (18 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584281898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584281894
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,486,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Get a handle on some of the problems encountered in underwater photography by learning how to fix them with Photoshop." --"PC Photo"

"Spectacular shots with thorough instruction on editing tools, exposure corrections, removing unwanted objects, underwater plug-in applications and more." --"SciTech Book News"

"A fantastic resource for the digital photographer [that] should not be missed." --"Shutterbug"

About the Author

Jack Drafahl and Sue Drafahl are the authors of "Advanced Digital Camera Techniques," "Digital Imaging for the Underwater Photographer," "Master Guide for Underwater Digital Photography, Photo Salvage with Adobe Photoshop," and "Plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop." They are also popular lecturers and contribute regularly to magazines such as "Petersen Photographic," "Rangefinder, "and" Sportdiver." They both live in Tillamook, Oregon.

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As an experienced but not professional Photoshop user, I already had a good set of skills under my belt prior to color correcting underwater shots. I'd also done my internet homework and found plenty of good material out there. (YouTube, for example, has some great tutorials.)

I am cynical about most Photoshop books. Too often the same-old same-old just gets repackaged.

This said, I feel AP4UWP was excellent and well worth the price. In particular, AP4UWP helped me with those shots that really needed help but were worth preserving.

I've already recommended this book to every UW photographer I know.

Dr. Kirtland C Peterson
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Today any book on digital technologies is fatally doomed to become rapidly obsolete. This manual is no exception - and I personally find its poor production, low-grade photographic reproduction and generally colorless, uninspiring images to be particularly damning. If you really want to fiddle with Photoshop then get a real manual like Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers: Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative Use of Photoshop for the Mac and PC by Martin Evening, which has no pretense of simplicity. Furthermore, as a passionate underwater photographer who takes one's hobby very seriously, I believe good shots should be taken in-camera and not tampered with afterwards. I can only suggest to those seriously interested in underwater photography to skip this amateurish product and to pick instead the rather stodgy but very informative The Underwater Photographer: Digital and Traditional Techniques by Martin Edge - which is good for learning the basics on a step-by-step basis - and the less technical but much more inspiring A Diver's Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography: Creative Techniques and Camera Systems for Digital and Film by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari, a lush, highly motivational photographic roller coaster which will have you itching for your camera and scuba gear. Approaching the subject matter from two completely different viewpoints, these two titles make an unbeatable and definitive combo when bought together.
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The book is presenting obsolete techniques that will prevent you from achieving stunning results. I was truly disappointed.
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Excellent easy to follow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concentrates on the Special Problems of Underwater 3 Nov. 2006
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is really the third book in a series by the photographer - writer team of Jack and Sue Drafahl. First is Digital Imaging for the Underwater Photographer. Second is Master Guide for Underwater Digital Photography. All three published by Amherst Media.

The reason for this book is that underwater photography, under the best of circumstances (and how often do you find those) the filtering and color changing effects of water tend to produce images that are simply not what we want to see in a photograph. Colors tend to get washed out, after all, the fish doesn't want to stand out too much. Fish that stand out tend to become dinner for somne other fish. But in looking at the picture, we want to see the fish. Photoshop is the answer.

This book is not a tutorial on how to get started with Photoshop. It presumes a certain base knowledge so that it can spend its time on the particular needs, problems and solutions for the problems facing people editing underwater photographs. At that task, this book is beautifully done.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy, Even for a Professional 13 July 2007
By turtlehawk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book thinking that there might not be much information I could use, but boy was I wrong! I use photoshop professionally, and thought I knew the program-- but I am by no means a program guru--this book contains good grounding information about tools to use, and then has some great step by step examples to help people solve some pretty big image issues. If you know how to use Photoshop, but just can't seem to tweak your photos the way you want... IMHO Buy This Book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Info for any UW Photographer 6 Feb. 2008
By Matthew Elyash - Published on Amazon.com
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A great resource for those who know, or are just begining to use photoshop. It helps you apply this powerful program to the unique problems of underwater photography, with easy hands on demonstrations. Version differences sometimes get in the way a bit, but the concept is clear and you just have to figure out how a newer version does what they may have done on the version this was written on.

All in all a very helpful book, with many great tips and concepts. I have used photoshop for a while, and been shooting UW for several years, this has already helped me get better photos and I have not hit the water since I got the book. I revisited some shots with specific problems that I learned a fix from in this book. Paid for itself in the first week.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening But Requires You to Work and Think 18 Jan. 2010
By J. A. Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been using Photoshop since Ver. 3.0... But this book gave me insights and tips on techniques I had never used before.

PRO: Clear, concise overviews and discussions on techniques and functions. I like how they explain how a tool works as well as how to use it - it helps in giving you a basis on which to build skills (understanding vs. just knowing)

SEMI-PRO: if you're expecting a 1-2-3 how-to then this book MIGHT be disappointing. Sure it gives techniques and 1-2-3s but also it doesn't hold your hand

LIKE: it makes you THINK! I picked up enough to start with and apply across photographs. It gave me a toolbox (so to speak) with which to apply to different problems.

NOT LIKE/ CON: the color scheme and layout of some text/ graphic/ menu samples - Red + Yellow on Blue??? UGH! Seriously - I was distracted by the windows color scheme the authors used even if it was a very small part of the page layout...

COULD HAVE USED: follow ups and variations on techniques... after the technique on 1 type of photo/ problem, variations on them... for different what-if scenarios related to the original

OVERALL: a very good book that doesn't spoon-feed you and gives you enough tools to go at it on your own. Not for those with little knowledge or a fear of Photoshop or computers... this book needs you to be able to get out of your comfort zone and explore
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5-Star Worthy 12 Sept. 2007
By Kirtland Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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I write this review with one purpose in mind: to affirm the 5-star rating this book has (so far).

As an experienced but not professional Photoshop user, I already had a good set of skills under my belt prior to color correcting underwater shots. I'd also done my internet homework and found plenty of good material out there. (YouTube, for example, has some great tutorials.)

I am cynical about most Photoshop books. Too often the same-old same-old just gets repackaged.

This said, I feel AP4UWP was excellent and well worth the price. In particular, AP4UWP helped me with those shots that really needed help but were worth preserving.

I've already recommended this book to every UW photographer I know.

Dr. Kirtland C Peterson
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