This book is an absolute Essential Guide for those who want to shoot beautiful digital pictures underwater. The modules are well thought-out giving detailed descriptions and explanations about using digital cameras underwater, exposure, use of light and shooting techniques for macro and wide-angle imagery. Includes tutorials on photo editing, colour correction and file management. A generous number of colourful graphics and photographs are used to illustrate the techniques and key points of underwater photography. This guide shares with you the fine art of composition and other secrets for taking great underwater photographs.

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Complete Digital ‘How to’ Guide
Lighting Techniques
Elements to Good Composition
Photo Editing and Management
Hints – How to Shoot Better
Professional Secrets
Beyond the Basic Techniques with Prosumer & SLR Cameras
Knowledge Reviews

132 PAGES, Full colour - perfect bound

A well-structured, comprehensive work, lavishly supported with explanatory diagrams and magnificent images the, 'Essential Guide To Digital Underwater Photography'  will undoubtedly prove to be as much an educational tool for novices as it will a reference work for those with greater proficiency in underwater image making.  - "David Strike" Editor NEKTON



TIPS:  The Golden Rule – Get Close
Get close, get rid of the water. Getting close reduces the column of water between you and your subject, reducing potential backscatter, resulting in clearer shots, allowing your subject to occupy a greater portion of the frame. Move with purpose, avoid jerky movements. Be relaxed, and be in control of your movements then the reef will relax too. Fishes are more approachable if you move slowly patiently and in control. It goes without saying that you need to be fairly stable to avoid blurred images.

Remember: if your picture is not good enough, you are not close enough.




Based on methods employed by professional underwater photographers, the ADVANCED guide for Digital Underwater Photography is packaged with practical techniques and useful information.  Whether you are a novice or a serious shooter, this state-of-the-art guide will take your digital imaging proficiency to the next level.   Expanding beyond the basic and essential aspects of digital underwater photography, the content is organised into five modules encapsulating advanced digital imaging knowledge, photographic skills, asset management, and workflow to post production. For the photographer who wishes to appreciate and embrace the art of underwater imagery, techniques for successful pictures are revealed in detail. The structured modules give comprehensive descriptions about the composition and methods for ambient light photography, macro and super macro, wide-angle imagery with and without a model to shooting with filters, over and under images to shooting with HID lights.  Advance yourself with tutorials for the digital darkroom – photo editing, colour and exposure correction. This guide also includes information on digital asset management systems adopted by professional photographers. A generous number of images are used to illustrate the varied form of underwater imaging. A special section features images and secrets from some of the world’s top underwater photographers – David Doubilet, Doug Perrine, Alex Mustard & Stephen Frink. This is the most definitive advanced guide available for digital underwater photography; a must have essential for any aspiring digital photographer.

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Author: Michael AW with Mathieu Meur

Extend – 1326pages 

210mm x 150mm


Module 1: Advanced Essentials

Deeper Digital Photographic Language

Getting the Most of Your Camera

Advanced Techniques & Essential Tools

Advanced Care & Handling Emergencies

The Key to Successful Images

Golden Elements for Successful Underwater Images


Module 2: Advanced Techniques

Types of Underwater Images

Ambient Light Photography

Ambient Light with Filters by Dr Alex Mustard

Close-Up / Macro


‘Perspextive’ Photography: a creative approach

Animal Behaviour

Seascapes & Close-Up Wide Angle Images

Wide Angle with Models

Over Under Split Images

HID light photography


Module 3: Learning with the Masters

Doug Perrine

Dr Alex Mustard

Stephen Frink

Mathieu Meur

Michael AW

David Doubilet


Module 4: Digital Asset Management & Workflow

Managing Workflow

Programs to manage digital assets

Logical Workflow Procedures: Portable office

Logical Workflow Procedures – Digital Workstation Home Base

Processing RAW files with Photoshop CS (or higher)

Digital Darkroom - Essentials & Methods

Display Monitors

Keywords & Personalisation

Batch Renaming Images

Tagging & Rating Images

Batch Conversion to JPEG using Bibble Pro

Processing RAW Images – Adjustment of Raw Image

Digital Darkroom Post Production – 112

Consideration for black and white point levels

Quick Fix with Photo Filters

Adding Saturation and Hue

How to Remove Minor Imperfections

Smarter Sharpening



Module 5: Return on Digital Investment

Selling Your Images

Getting Published: Diving and Nature Magazine

Photo Competitions

10 Steps to prepare a competition submission

Web Portfolios & Galleries