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TitleThe Beginner's Guide to Underwater Digital Photography (Beginners Guide to)
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LanguageEnglish
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Table of Contents
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
	A Book for the “Regular Guy”
	My Background
	The Learning Process
1. THE SCUBA DIVER
	Become a Skilled Diver First
	Responsible Diving
		Make a Plan
		Be a Good Buddy
		Conservation Is Key
	Final Thoughts
2. THE VALUE OF UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY
	It’s Fun
	It Preserves Memories
	It’s a Creative Challenge
	It Makes Diving More Fun
	It Can Be Profitable
	It’s Competitive
	It’s Social
	It’s Educational
3. EQUIPMENT
	Basic Components
	A Backward Plan
	Cameras
		Point-and-Shoot Cameras
			The Features
			The Drawbacks
			Overall Performance
		Full-Featured Cameras
			The Features
			The Drawbacks
			Overall Performance
		Digital SLRs
		The Features
		The Drawbacks
		Overall Performance
	Housings
	Lenses and Focal Length Factors
	External Strobes
		Angle of Coverage
		Power and Color Temperature
		Recycle Time
		Power Source
		Power Settings
		TTL Metering
		Diffusion
		Modeling Light
		One Flash or Two?
		Mounting to the Camera (Or Not)
		Communication with the Camera
			Slaves
			Synch Cords
			Fiber Optic Arrays
	Use Your Equipment to its Full Potential
4. THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF AN ACCEPTABLE IMAGE
	Focus
		Depth of Field
		Fixed, Manual, and/or Automatic Focus
		Lag Time
		Camera Movement
		Subject Movement
		Evaluate Your Resuts
	Exposure
		Aperture
		Shutter Speed
		ISO Setting
		Exposure Techniques
		Reading the Light
		Metering the Light
		Reciprocity and Exposure Values
		Artificial Light
			TTL Capability
			Bracketing Revisted
			Putting It All Together
			Guide Numbers
		Dynamic Range and Exposure Compensation
		White Balance
		Fine-Tuning the Color and Exposure in Postproduction
	Composition
		The Rule of Thirds
		Vantage Point
		Snell’s Window
		The Eyes Have It
		The Quartering Angle
		Contrast
		Framing
		Leading Lines
		Keep it Simple
		Potrait or Landscape Format?
		Learn from Your Mistakes
	Subject
		Subject Size
		Planning Your Subjects
		Wrecks
		Predation
	In Closing
5. CAMERA CARE AND MAINTENANCE
	Do Your Homework
	Consider the Dive Conditions
	Cleaning and Maintenance
		Basic Cleaning Technique
		Lubrication
			Types of Lubricant
			Applying the Lubricant
			Installing the O-Ring
			Don’t Force It
	Setting Up for a Dive
		Look for a Camera-Friendly Charter
		Be Prepared
	The Dive Trip
		On the Boat
		Before Entering the Water
		Entering the Water
		The Descent and Dive
		Returning to the Boat
		After the Dive
	When Disaster Strikes
	Storing Your Gear
	A Caveat
6. PRACTICE GOOD TECHNIQUE
	It’s About Technique, Not Equipment
	Understanding Your Subject
	Take More Than One Shot (But Not Too Many) .94
	Move Delicately, Think Cautiously
	The Subject Appears
	The “Stalk” Technique
		Take Your Time
		Descend to Its Level and Circle Around
		Check Your Settings
		Closing the Distance
		Begin Composing Your Image
		Do a Safety/Buddy Check
	The “Drive-By” Technique
		Take a Parallel Course
		Approach Slowly
		In Surge, Current, and Drift-Diving
		Fish On the Move
	The “Head ’Em Off at the Pass” Technique
		Locating the Pass
		Circling Around
		Avoid Spooking the Fish
	The “Sit and Wait” Technique
		Slowing Down Makes You More Observant
		Where to Sit
	The “Be Ready” Technique
		A Good Starting Point
		Always Prepared, Always Observing
		Don’t Become Too Fixated
	Some Common Techniques to Avoid
		The “Barge Right In” Technique
		The “Chase” Technique
		The “Gunfighter” Technique
		Don’t Do It
		Potentially Harmful Techniques
	Remote Cameras
	When Photographing Creatures, Sometimes Nothing Works
	Photographing the Reef
		An Amazing (and Often Overlooked) Subject
		Photographic Technique
		Concentrate on Composition
		Further Guidelines
			Find a Great Subject
			Pick a Good Angle
			Think About Distance and Angle of View
			Keep it Simple
			Consider Snell’s Window
			Watch the Colors
7. POSTPRODUCTION
	The Ethics of Imaging
	Initial Workflow
		Monitor Calibration
		Develop a Routine
			From Camera to Computer
			Organizing
			Backing Up
			Reviewing the Files
		Editing Workflow
			Duplicate the File
			Cropping
			Basic Enhancements
			Save Along the Way
			Be Subtle
			Address Imperfections
			Sharpening
		Backing Up
		Less is More
CONCLUSION
RESOURCES
	Online
	Books
INDEX
                        

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