An Advanced Guide to Digital Underwater Photography


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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.

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

Quick Reference How to…
How to shoot extreme macro
How to shoot with filters
How to recover pictures
How to prepare a thematic gallery
How to enter keywords
How to batch rename
How to add stars
How to search for tagged images within Adobe Bridge
How to adjust raw images
How to use levels & contrast in Photoshop
How to quick fix with photo filters
How to add saturation
How to remove minor imperfections
How to sharpen in Photoshop
How to convert colour to Black & White
How to get published
How to prepare for photo competitions


How to use this guide:-

Use Module One as an addendum to advance your digital knowledge, Module Two and Three to advance your shooting techniques, Module Four to advance your digital management and editing skills and Module Five to help you reap some rewards from your underwater pictures. If you are a brand new shooter, you may also wish to acquire a copy of “An Essential Guide to Digital Underwater Photography”.

Whereas the ‘Essential’ edition is a step by step comprehensive instruction to learning aspects of digital underwater photography, this edition is dedicated to mastering the art. The chapters for this guide are structured like testaments in the Bible; you can enter the guide from any segment and acquire information of a particular interest from the designated modules or pick up step by step instructions from the ‘How to’ addendum. For easy referencing, each module is colour coded.

Additional information


Michael AW with Mathieu Meur





Publication Date

Aug 2007


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