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Underwater Photography – Art and Techniques

Written by INON UK underwater photography instructor Nick Robertson Brown, Underwater photography – Art and Techniques is small and light enough to carry with you overseas, yet deep in content. Nick is a professional photo-journalist whose credits include regular features for Sport Diver Magazine and Wild Travel Magazine in addition to newspaper assignments.

INON UK instructor Nick has been made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. This is the ultimate accolade that can be awarded and was presented in recognition of his book, " Underwater Photography- Art and Techniques"

The award was given in the category called REAP - Research, Education and Application of Photography and is awarded for" a very high academic standard and clearly making a significant contribution to the understanding of photograph." Only 2 or 3 REAP awards are presented each year.

With wife Caroline, a very successful underwater photo–journalist in her own right, Nick founded Frogfish Photography, an INON UK official dealer and training academy. Nick and Caroline also work closely with Divelife, who are also an INON UK dealer. Frogfish Photography and Divelife are the team behind the Northern Lights underwater photography events.

Foreward by Steve Warren – INON UK principal

Chapter Summary

The Camera: A brief look into how cameras work and the settings that can be used to alter an image whilst shooting.

The Equipment: Details into the desirable functions of a camera, the types of camera available, lenses and lighting options.

Getting Started: The chapter covers getting your equipment set up; equipment care & maintenance; packing tips as well as etiquette and care for the environemnt

The Underwater Environment: How does taking your camera underwater affect your photography? This chapter explains the hurdles and how to get over them!

Natural Lighting: Using the available light to get the shot you want. This chapter also looks at white balancing and natural light photography techniques to make your images stand out.

Artificial Lighting: Strobes, video lights, remote lighting and all the difficulties that this can bring are covered here to make you confident in using artificial light to bring out the best in the underwater world.

Composition: Read through details of some of the classic compositional "rules" and then be prepared to break them. Get ideas for shots in wide angle and macro before you head into the water.

Exposure Revisited: An in depth look at how ISO, shutter speed and aperture interact and how you can use these controls to get the best image possible.

Animal Behaviour: To get the best shots of marine life, a little understanding of their behaviour goes a long way.

Wreck Photography: Some divers love wreck photography and this chapter covers how best to bring home images of wrecks and artifacts.

Low Visibility: For those who dive in less than perfect conditions - then read on. This chapter covers the issue of backscatter and the settings and equipment best suited for low visibility.

Habitats: Take a tour through the different underwater habitats and see what you might want to photograph and the best way to do it.

Image Manipulation: A brief guide on some of the more common post-dive processing that you might want to do to improve your images.

The Responsible Photographer: Underwater Photographers are the marine ambassadors! As such, we are all responsible for trying to protect that environment and to set a good example to others.