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Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera

Multiple award-winner Paul Colley shows you how to take the step from good to great underwater images - maybe even good enough to win awards. 'This book will arm and inspire you to transform your underwater photographs, whatever camera you use': Alex Mustard (from the Foreword). The best underwater images don't just capture the subject well, they also capture mood, emotion and atmosphere. Unlike most other underwater photography books, Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera focuses on composition and techniques rather than the all--consuming camera technology that people tend to chase first. This makes it a supremely cost-effective tool for improving images; and there is no discrimination between users of different camera systems - this truly is a book for all. International award winner and instructor Paul Colley reveals the short cuts and shows the vital bits of artistic theory as it applies to underwater photography, grappling with composition in much greater depth than in other books.He also includes easy-to-remember reference models for underwater composition: pre-planned concepts for twelve typical underwater scenes, with the principal considerations boiled down to those essentials that will help you achieve great results, time and again.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr Alexander Mustard. About the author and acknowledgements. How to use this book. Introduction. List of figures. SECTION 1: COMPOSITION. 1. The Big Picture and Why Composition Matters: Aesthetics and Photographic Intent. 2. Subject Selection: The Right Things in the Right Frame at the Right Time. 3. Light. 4. Viewpoint. 5. Image Depth Perspective. 6. Background and Space. 7. Lines, Shapes and Vectors: Real and Perceived. 8. Contrasts. 9. Colour. 10. Organising the Whole Picture. SECTION 2: EASY-TO-REMEMBER REFERENCE MODELS FOR UNDERWATER COMPOSITION. 11. The Reference Models. SECTION 3: ADVANCED TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE YOUR COMPOSITION. 12. Understanding Dynamic Range. 13. Natural Light Photography. 14. Remote Lighting Techniques. 15. Split Level Images. SECTION 4: POST-PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES TO FINE TUNE YOUR COMPOSITION. 16. Rescuing Composition Errors and Enhancing Good Composition. 17. Image Manipulation. Glossary. Index.

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This book led to Paul Colley being granted Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society for the contribution that it has made to the research, education and application of photography. See more at:

About the Author

Paul Colley is a diving instructor, INON UK underwater photography instructor, lifetime Vice-President of the Royal Air Force Sub-Aqua Association, and has won international underwater photography competitions to gold medal standard. He writes regularly for diving magazines, websites and his own blog. Now he shares his methods and approach with you.


'Excellently written, highly informative and well-executed... the essential guide on this subject': Diver (magazine). 'This book could just be the key to unlocking a new level in your photography career': UWP magazine. 'An ideal gift for any serious underwater photographer': SCUBA (magazine). 'This book will arm and inspire you to transform your underwater photographs, whatever camera you use': Alex Mustard (from the Foreword).

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