Essential Digital Underwater Photography Masterclass by Michael Aw with Mathieu Meur is a book that serves as a complete underwater photography guide and includes Photoshop techniques for creating inspiring pictures. It starts you off with the basics and channels your creativity to greater heights, guiding you on the path to creating beautiful images beneath the water's surface. It will also help teach you the art form of photography and the essentials of digital imaging. Additionally, the book will open your eyes to the enjoyment of underwater photography.
This volume offers aspiring photographers step-by-step, comprehensive instructions in how to master the art of digital underwater photography and how to capture the best possible images. Both beginners and advanced shooters can benefit from reading and studying it. The book allows you to quickly refer to individual parts that the authors call "modules," in order to acquire knowledge of particular interest to you, or follow the step-by-step How-to sections. Experienced shooters may choose to fast-track the learning process through the masterclass lessons. For easy reference, each module is color-coded.
Module One is designed for use as an addendum to help you get to know your equipment better and become more familiar with underwater photography. Modules Two and Three reveal in simple steps how to create great underwater images, while Module Four teaches you how to be a digital darkroom technician. In Module Five, you'll find the Masterclasses that take your skills to the next level.
Module One: Digital Essentials
1/1 - Digital Evolution: Understanding Digital Photographic Language 1/2 - Types of Digital Cameras and Using an Underwater Housing 1/3 - Understanding Exposure: Getting to Know Shooting Modes Understanding and Setting White Balance Understanding and Setting Flash Modes Setting Resolution and Image Quality 1/4 - The Digital Photographer: Back Up 1/5 - Maintenance: Basic Care and Handling Emergencies
Module Two: Shooting Digital Underwater
2/1 - Seeing Color & Light Underwater Naturally 2/2 - Use of Alternate Light Sources: Criteria for Selecting Strobes Deeper Into Strobes 2/3 - Strobe Orientation and Positioning: Understanding Backscatter - Diffusers 2/4 - Playing with Light: Appreciating Underexposed Images Balancing Strobes & Natural Light Close Focus Wide Angle (CFWA) Balanced Light Macro with an External Flash Rembrandt Technique - Single Directional Light Source Is One Strobe or Two Better? Essentials for Wide-Angle
Module Three: The Art of Underwater Photography
3/1 - The Aesthetics of Composition: Awism to Composition 3/2 - Types of Composition: Macro and Wide Angle 3/3 - The Art of Composition: Orientation Rule of Thirds Principle of Foreground and Negative Space Breathing Space - Noseroom and Headroom Completeness of Subject Directional Lines One Eye / Two Eyes Directional Rules Third Element - Diver
Module Four: The Digital Darkroom
4/1 - Picture Management: The Digital Darkroom Ethics in Digital Manipulation - Acceptable Standards Calibrating Monitors 4/2 - How to Process Digital Images with Photoshop: Cropping and Rotating Pictures Correcting Exposure and Color - Quick Fix Advanced Fixes - Understanding the Histogram 'Adjustment Layers' Sharpening Pictures - Sharpen Last Printing Digital Pictures 4/3 - Managing Image Information: Preserving Copyrights
Module Five: Beyond the Basics - Masterclass
5/1 - Painting with Lights 5/2 - Capturing Fish Behavior 5/3 - Shooting Seascapes 5/4 - Shooting with Models 5/5 - Shooting with Continuous Light 5/6 - Shooting Schooling Fishes 5/7 - Shooting with Filters 5/8 - Recovering Pictures 5/9 - Fast Track to Success 5/10 - The Essential Tricks
How to do that? Checklist
How to Set Up to Shoot with A Mode How to Set Up to Shoot with S Mode How to Set Up to Shoot with M Mode How to Conduct Pre-Dive Checks How to Conduct Post-Dive Checks How to React During a Flood How to Treat a Flooded Sync Cord How to Shoot with Natural Light How to Use a Fiber-Optic Link How to Use Slave Sensor How to Avoid Backscatter How to Shoot Wide Angle Balanced Light How to Shoot Close Focus Wide Angle (CFWA) How to Shoot Macro with an External Flash How to Position Two Strobes for Wide Angle Hot Wide-Angle Tips from the Photo Wizard How to Compose 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 How to Manage Digital Stock How to Process Brightness, Contrast, Color Adjustments How to Process Difficult Images Using Curves How to Sharpen with Photoshop How to Print an 8x10" Photo How to Shoot with HMI Light How to Shoot with Filters How to Recover Images
Learn to shoot with the professionals by taking The Ocean Geographic Essential Photo Masterclass with Michael Aw and the Ocean Geographic Masterclass Pro with Ernie Brooks, David Doubilet, Mathieu Meur, Alex Mustard, Jane Morgan and Steve Jones. Free download at www.OceanGeographic.org
About the Authors
Michael Aw, PhD
Michael Aw is an author, explorer, photographer and conservationist. His accolades include winning more than 63 international awards and being named one of the world's most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography. In 2013, he was awarded the NOGI for Arts by the American Academy of Underwater Arts and Science. His essays and pictures have been featured in BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Nature, Ocean Geographic, Times, Nature Focus and more. In 2008, he won the Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award by Sharks Research Institute in recognition of his highly effective and unrelenting campaign against shark fin soup consumption in the Asian Pacific region. Michael is also a recipient of the prestigious WYLAND ICON award for Conservation in 2011 and 2012, and was given the Diver of the Year Award at the Beneath the Sea Festival in New Jersey. Mr. Aw has authored 30 books, including "Elysium Shackleton Antarctic Visual Epic," which is also a movie and an exhibition touring Australia. Additionally, he is a Senior Fellow of International League of Conservation Photographers and Fellow International of the Explorer Club, whose members include Sir Edmund Hillary, Roald Amundsen, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Sylvia Earle.
Mathieu has been shooting underwater for over 20 years, at first free-diving and subsequently scuba diving. A true pioneer, Mathieu was one of the early adopters and promoters of digital technology for underwater photography, authoring presumably the first PADI-approved digital underwater photography specialty course in the world in 2001. He went on to contribute regular columns on photography techniques to dive and photography publications. In 2004, Mathieu co-authored An Essential Guide to Digital Underwater Photography with Michael Aw. This was the first book entirely dedicated to the techniques associated with shooting digital beneath the surface. An updated version was published in 2005. He then co-authored An Advanced Guide to Digital Underwater Photography with Michael Aw in 2007. He also wrote the first comprehensive, interactive iBook on the topic, entitled Complete Guide to Digital Underwater Photography.. Mathieu is a regular speaker at dive events and a regular judge at underwater photography competitions, and frequently coaches at underwater photography workshops.
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Essentials of digital underwater photography, from basics to advanced techniques
Michael Aw with Mathieu Meur
Alison Redhead and Evonne Ong
Yes, by Alison Redhead and Michael Aw Photographs: copyright Michael Aw and Mathieu Meur Art Director: PS Looi
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