|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS - Underwater
Please note: The books are listed for interest only, and not offered for sale.
|Books on underwater photographer
are considered from two aspects - their contribution to the history of
and their contribution to contemporary equipment and technique.
The Complete Guide to The Art and Science of Underwater Photography.
Hank Frey and Paul Tzimoulis. Foreword by Rear Admiral Edward C. Stephan, U.S.N. Association Press, New York, 1970 (second printing). Hardcover, dust jacket, 224 pages.
Blurb "The most complete work on underwater photography ever published. Camera Below is considered by experts to be the most suitable modern text for classroom instruction, as well as for self learning."
Part One: The Environment, The Denser Atmosphere, Light Under Water. Part Two: The Equipment, Commercial Equipment, Do-It-Yourself Equipment. Part Three: The Techniques, Underwater Snapshots, Available Light Photography, Flash Photography, Composition and Subjects, Movie Photography, Photo Competitions and Film Festivals. [ps-no dj]
|DIVERS AND CAMERAS
Copyright 1974 by author. Published by Dacor Corporation, Illinois, USA.
Hardcover, no dustjacket, 212 pages, mono photographs and drawings throughout.
One of the better books on underwater photography; well laid out and interesting, and still of value to the photographer of today.
|GUIDE TO UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY
Dimitri Rebikoff and Paul Cherney.
First published in 1955 by Chilton Company, Philadelphia and New York. Softcover, 118 pages, mono plates.
Rebikoff, in particular, is well known for his pioneering work on underwater photography. This must be one of the earliest modern books on the subject. One of the 'Modern Camera Guide Series'. Softcover, 118pages, many mono prints. Covers a range of interesting camera housings of the day, contemporary lighting systems, and techniques. A true collectors item. [ps]
|HOW TO USE SEA AND SEA
Including Lenses, Strobes and Accessories for Nikonos Cameras, and a Basic Guide to Underwater Photography.
Joe Liburdi and Cara Sherman.
Orcas Publications, Californiaa, 1988. Softcover, 118 pages, index, glossary, full colour.
The Sea and Sea system was not taken too seriously by the 'profesional' or serious underwater photographer but that did not diminish its value as it was a great introduction to the activity at a reasonable cost. And even dedicated Nikonos users, such as myself, used Sea and Sea accessories. The book was a useful guide and will retain an interest to collectors simply because of the equipment that it describes - and maybe for sentimental reasons for those who used the equipment.
|HOW TO USE YOUR CAMERA UNDER WATER
A Practical Guide to Underwater Photography.
Focal Press London & New York, 1962. Second Edition 1972. Third edition 1976.
|HOWARD HALL'S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL
UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY - A NEW APPROACH
Howard Hall. Marcor Publishing, California. First printing 1982, then 1985, 1987.
Published by: Marcor Publishing, Port Hueneme, USA in 1985
Card back with illustrated covers; 189 printed pages. Dimensions: 23 cms tall by 15.5 cms wide.
Note: The three editions have basically the same cover design where only the colour photo is different: 1882 ?; 1985 diver with manta ray; 1987 group of kids underwater.
The book is described as “a new approach” and, in the introduction, Ron & Valerie Taylor say the methods of taking underwater photographs described in the book are in language that is clear, to the point and easily understood. It is divided into 12 chapters:
“Introduction: A New Approach”, “Fundamental Photographic Principles”, “What Happens to Light Underwater”, “Available Light Photographs”, “Silhouette Photographs”, “Extension Tube Photographs”, “Reflex Macro Photography”, “Marine Wildlife Portraits”, “Photographing People”, “Close Focus, Wide Angle Photos”, “Nikonos 35mm and 28mm Lenses” and “Selling Underwater Photographs”.
At the back there is what is described as an “Equipment Appendix” where the author explains and describes equipment used in underwater photography. There are many colour photographs (presumably by the author) and the illustrations are drawn by Michael Farley. On the back are three comments by eminent people in the diving world. I’ve already mentioned Ron & Valerie Taylor but there are also comments by Stan Waterman and Marty Snyderman. [pt]
There were quite a few underwater photography books released in the 1980s and 90s, due in part no doubt to the development of the Nikonos System which allowed the diver to take good photographs without the expense of a n SLR in a housing. Howard Hall's excellent book was not by any means restricted to the Nikonos system, and indeed it complimemted the 'how-to' type of basic underwater instruction books available because its content assumed a basic understanding of the use of an underwater camera. Hall concentrated on the taking of an acceptable photograph, looking at the fundamentals of light and composition. The majority of the book concerns itself with specific images where he describes how the photograph was taken. Hall has always seen underwater photography as a creative art, more than just capturing a 'pretty picture' of the traditional 'girl behind gorgonia'. As many would know, he has moved into cinematography in a big way and is frequently credited for images in nature television series. The book is probably one of the few underwayer photography books of the era that is still relevant to day with the use of digital equipment, and as such well deserves to be categorised as a classic dive book despite its recent age.
Theory and Practice.
Lawrence E. Mertens.
A volume in the Wiley Series on Photographic Science and Technology and the Graphic Arts, editied by Walter Clark.
|NIKONOS PHOTOGRAPHY - THE
CAMERA AND SYSTEM
Handbook for Nikonos I, II, III.
Fred M. Roberts.
First edition 1971, then 1974, 1977. Publsihed by Aqua-Craft Inc, California.
Softcover, 160 pages, mono photographs and drawingss throughout, colour plates.(I understand that a hardcover edition was also available, but I have only ever seen the softcover).
Certainly the most important and probably most ussed book on the Nikonos system and general underwater photography until Jim and Cathy Church came on the scene with Beginning Underwater Photography in 1980. (And even then, I think the Roberts book was better). The first edition of this book could well become a collectors item. [ps]
ICER Press , Laguna Beach, California, 1976. ISBN: 9780914704027
Hardcover, 104,p, many illustrations.
|THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO
Howard R. Roberts.
Copyright 1978 by the author.
Published by David McKay Company, Inc. New York.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 150 pages, mono photographs and drawings throughout.
This was an excellent book in its day and even today there is much to be gained from it, particcularly if you have a Nikonos up to model III.
|THE NIKONOS HANDBOOK
Jim and Cathy Church. Published by the authors, Gilroy, California, 1986.
Hardcover (laminated boards), 162 pages, mono and colour prints.
This was the quintessential book for anyone using a Nikonos V and the IV-A (although why anyone would want to use the latter astounds me). The 'five' gave us a camera that the professional could use and even the David Doubilets of the world took down a five: great interchangeable lenses, accurate metering, and a sturdy construction. I have no idea how many of the Vs were sold as compared to the other medels but it was certainly the most popular of the Nikonos series, and remembered with great affection by those who moved on to the very expensive RS, and later into digital. Apart from the book being a fundamental instruction manual, it delved into composition and the maintenance section preserved the sanity of many a photographer who had a problem whilst on a live-aboard trip.A great book by the doyen of underwater photography instruction at the time.
|UNDER THE SEA WITH HELMET AND CAMERA
Felix DuPont .
Published by: George Allen & Unwin, Museum Street, London in 1963, then 1971.
Blue hard back covers with dustjacket; 152 printed pages. Dimensions: 22.5 cms tall by 14.5 cms wide.
This 1971 edition (as shown) of the book first published in 1963 it is claimed has been “completely revised and updated”. The book takes the reader from the history of U/W photography to choosing the right camera, accessories, films and filters. Illustrated with 8 monochrome photographs and 8 line drawings, the book is divided into 12 chapters: “How It All Started”, “Choosing the Right Camera”, “All About Housings”, “Colour and Monochrome Films”, “Filters and Better Results”, “Simple Underwater Optics”, “Additional Lighting”, “World Gazetteer of Underwater Conditions – Oceans and Locations”, “A Glossary of Photographic Terms”, “Equipment for the First Dive”, “Safety Precautions and Diving Clubs” and “A Glossary of Diving Terms”. How things have changed with the new more modern digital equipment! [pt]
|UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY AND
A Handbook of Equipment and Techniques
Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.,USA. 1978
Hardcover, dustjacket, 220 pp., 16 leaves of colour plus many mono photographs and drawings.
Would have been an excellent manual in iots day. For both housed cameras and the Nikonos system. [ps]
First edition Januray 1956. Fifth edition, possibly the last, 1971, published by Seahawk Press, Florida.
Softcover, 48 pages, mono photos throughout.
The first edition of this small guide would be a valuable collectors item - subsequent editions have no real value. It would have been a handy guide in its day, but why one would bother to photograph the ‘death of a reef marauder', a harmless reef shark, beats me. Only housed cameras are mentioned. I could find no reference to the Nikonos system in my 1971 fifth edition, even though the Calypso-Phot was came out in 1959, the Nikonos (I) in 1963, and Nikonos II in 1968.
|UNDERWATER WITH THE NIKONOS
AND NIKON SYSTEMS
First published 1977, Amphoto, New York.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 160 pages, mono prints throughout, 12 colour plates.
Covers the Nikonos II and III, and one chapter on housings. Despite being more than a quarter of a century old, this is a still a valuable reference as the Nikonos II and III are still used as they were rugged, reliable and able to be maintained after a dunking. And the magnificent 15mm lens is still sought after and used by the top photographers. Covers virtually all you need to know to take underwater photographs with the Nikon gear. Nothing on history other than a brief mention of the Calypso-Phot as expected. [ps]
From the fly:
More than a camera manual, Underwater with the Nikonos and Nikon Systems is a practical guide to underwater photography with the cameras most often taken below the water's surface. From the original Calypso to the Nikonos III, the amphibious system that made underwater photography a reality for the sport diver is explained in detail. And for ttte diver who wants the advantages of a full-range single-lens reflex system, methods for taking the Nikon family of land cameras underwater are also discussed, In addition to cameras, lenses, and housings, all the auxiliary equipment necessary for making successful underwater pictures is covered: electronic flash units, flashbulb units, close-up lenses, extension tubes, light meters, connectors, arms and brackets, and more. Mr. Taylor also provides information on transporting your equipment easily and safely, tips on periodic maintenance, and solid advice on the techniques of underwater photography. Woven throughout the book are practical bits of information that will help the novice to get results and the advanced photographer to improve his skills. With the equipment mentioned and the advice within, taking pictures underwater will become almost as easy as taking pictures in air.
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