A Diver's Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography: Creative Techniques and Camera Systems for Digital and Film Perfect Paperback – 12 Dec 2007
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This book gives us a rare insight into the mindset, dedication and imagination involved in creating magnificent underwater images ... 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 ... The images are some of the finest you will see in a guide to underwater photography. About half are the very best from the Ferrari s own collection, while uniquely the other half come from a cast of 21 guest photographers that includes the likes of Doug Perrine, Tony Wu, Eric Cheng, Charles Hood and Stephen Wong. --Alex Mustard (author of Reefs Revealed and The Art of Diving), Wetpixel
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, April 2008
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That is were it falls down.
As a guide to being an underwater photographer it is pitched at the diver who has already bought the camera and knows about the basics but is looking to improve composition and their artistic style. There are some good points and some nice ideas. For example the author links ideas from classic cinematography to framing, composition and developing character in subjects, he discuses trim and interesting debates such as Canon Vs Nikon but sadly this were the teaching falls down. As it is a little beyond the beginner and slightly patronising for the more experienced.
I am also surprised that the editors allowed so much personal subjectivity into the text as it seems that the book is ego driven. At times the authors distain for inexperienced divers comes through to strongly. This makes you want to put the book down and begs the question 'who is this guy' sure he is a good photographer but is really that great, I have not heard of him and he is not Doublet. I think there is danger that some photographers journey a little to far up there own rectums and this book seems to show that. Sadly the attempts of linking eastern mysticism and pseudo intellectualisation just add to the feeling of 'arse' that you get from reading it. For example the title which I assume attempts to link to Robert Pirsig's classic book on values and technology - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is pretentious. After all this is diving with cameras not a discussion of 20th century values and 'quality'.Read more ›
Consider this book as well for a bit more technical stuff.
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