REVIEW: A Diver’s Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography

Recently I read the book A Diver’s Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography, which is written by Andrea & Antonella Ferrari and published by Nautilus Publishing. I would like to share some thoughts about it with you. First of all, I need to be honest; I haven’t read dozens of books like this, but I have flipped through many of them and read a lot on the Internet.

Talking about physical appearance, this book has a pretty odd, ultra-wide format, mainly because of large colorful prints inside. It has 360 pages, which makes it pretty thick, but as soon as you open it you notice that the main content is pictures, not text. I could say the pictures-vs.-text ratio is about 5:1 or even more. Anyone who wants to learn about taking great underwater shots should be very happy about this since an image tells more than 1000 words. If you take a brief overview through the pages, the thematics of the images seems to be put inside randomly, but as soon as you start reading and studying the book more carefully, you notice that every picture is placed there for a purpose and the authors are constantly referring to the case studies in the text. Because of this the reading turns out very interesting; the text is very understandable in its tone.

The book is divided into eight chapters, every one of them leading you to become a better underwater photographer. After a very inspiring introduction, the authors share their knowledge about the equipment, diving, seeking for photographic opportunities, maintaining underwater photography gear, and giving good advice about underwater photography. The book really covers all types of underwater photography, from ultra-wide shots with fish-eye lenses to macro shots.

Two special things I really liked about the book The Art of Underwater Photography are guest photos from guest photographers and a special chapter on point-and-shoot pocket cameras. Every single photo from guest photographers has a detailed description of the subject in the photo, who took it, and technical details (camera, lens, underwater housing, strobes).

The chapter about point-and-shoot waterproof digital cameras explains to the amateur user the basics about the digital camera and its importance when shooting underwater – Megapixels, ISO sensitivity, JPEG or RAW, White balance … And provides seven easy steps on how to take good shots underwater with compacts. This chapter is written by Leon Joubert & Claudia Pellarini-Joubert, two famous underwater photographers.

I have some criticism of the book nevertheless; sometimes it is hard to read since there are images through two or four or even five pages between the text. But when you realize that, it’s not a problem anymore. And the second thing, the paperback seems to be weak.

Overall, I learned a lot of new things and really enjoyed reading The Art of Underwater Photography. It is an excellent book guide because there are lots of examples inside, combined with the necessary theory about underwater imaging. Even if you are not an underwater photographer or you don’t intend to become one, you can still enjoy flipping through the book because the images inside are really fabulous!

On Amazon the book is priced around $60. Take a look also at many great reviews from other readers who bought this book: A Diver’s Guide to The Art of Underwater Photography!

I have some criticism of the book nevertheless; sometimes it is hard to read since there are images through two or four or even five pages between the text. But when you realize that, it’s not a problem anymore. And the second thing, the paperback seems to be weak.

Overall, I learned a lot of new things and really enjoyed reading The Art of Underwater Photography. It is an excellent book guide because there are lots of examples inside, combined with the necessary theory about underwater imaging. Even if you are not an underwater photographer or you don’t intend to become one, you can still enjoy flipping through the book because the images inside are really fabulous!

On Amazon the book is priced around $60. Take a look also at many great reviews from other readers who bought this book:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *