The book is written for the underwater photographer who is taking a serious plunge into digital photography and digital processing for the first time. The diver who is transitioning from film to digital will find this quite useful. Even the beginning digital photographer who is not a diver will find the book very instructive.
If you’re a geek and a diver at the same time, there are other books for you. Digital Imaging for the Underwater Photographer is for the diver-photographer who is only beginning to get his feet wet in digital imaging.
Authors Jack and Sue Drafahl have written an easy-to-read book that explains stuff in a pleasant tone that can remove the novice’s initial hesitation with digital imaging. The book effectively equips the underwater photographer with a good working knowledge of the digital process.
The scanning procedure, for example, is fully explained so that the diver-photographer who already has a sizeable collection of films, slides and prints will be able to properly convert his underwater photos into digital form.
The book also walks the diver through many digital techniques to edit and enhance his photos. The use of Photoshop and other image editors is explained via examples illustrated by high-quality photos. Towards the end of the book, the authors instruct the reader how to be able to make his own digital slideshows and author his own DVDs for presentation.
Most, if not all, of the image enhancing techniques described in the book are also applicable to photos taken in any environment, not just underwater. The book of course takes special note of the blue color cast of photos taken under the sea, the occasional backscatter and the more challenging lighting situations underwater. But while the photos used are of marine life, all the techniques described in the book can also be useful for the novice digital photographer.
This book covers the digital editing process after you have downloaded your underwater photos into the computer. To learn more about the process of shooting underwater digital images, the Drafahls have another book, The Master Guide to Digital Underwater Photography (Amherst Media, 2005).
Digital Imaging for the Underwater Photographer, Computer Applications for Photo Enhancement and Presentation by Jack and Sue Drafahl, 2nd Edition. Amherst Media, 6″ x 9″, 219 pages. $39.95 USA, $55.95 Canada.
Table of Contents
2. The Digital Process
Input – Digital Camera Images, Film Images
Edit – Hardware, Software,
Output – Inkjet Printer, Dye Sublimation Printer, Film Recorder, Digital Slide Shows
Taking the Plunge
3. Scanning Your Underwater Images
Film Choices – Slides, Color Negatives, Black & White Negatives
Scanning Techniques – Software Controls, Bulk vs. Single Scan, Scanning Cleanliness, Sharpening
Color Management – Color Balancing Your Monitor, Color Management Software
4. Digital Resolution
Perception of Quality
Rescan to Change Page Size or Resolution
Scanning for the Internet
Scanning for Inkjet Printers
5. Photo Software Basics
Adobe Photoshop and Elements
6. Basic Image Adjustments
Quick Fix and Auto Smart Fix
The Three Autos – Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, Auto Color
7. Image Compression
Image Compression Types – JPEG, Fractal, Wavelet
8. Selection Tools
Rectangular and Circular Marquee
Lasso Tools – Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso
9. Photographic Curves
Levels – Other Options
10. Noise Reduction
Film Grain – Higher-ISO Films, Depth of Field, Underexposure, Blue Layer, Enlargements
Digital Camera Noise – Underexposure, Color Corrections, Image Compression and Resolution
Solutions for Film Users – Digital GEM, Despeckle and Dust & Scratches Filters
Solutions for Digital Camera Users – nik Multimedia Dfine, Alien Skin Image Doctor
11. Sharpen And Focus Solutions
12. Working With Channels
Black & White Conversions
Blue Water Film Scans
13. Working With Layers
Naiâ’a Nudis Project – Selecting a Subject, Getting Started, Adding Images, Layer Styles, Saving the File, Poster Output
Polygonal Lasso Tools
15. Scratch Repair for Film Images
Select a Similar Area
Lasso Your Area
The Image Doctor
16. Processing Errors
Missing Black Detail
17. Burning and Dodging Techniques
18. Printing Techniques
Paper and Ink Types
19. Digital Slide Shows
Computer-Driven Slide shows
DVD Authoring – Presenting Your Underwater DVD
20. Archival Data Storage
Temporary Backup Storage
CD-R, CD-RW. DVD-R. DVD-RW
21. Photo Database Systems
Drafahl Numbering System
Photo Database Programs
Digital Camera Images
22. The Future of Digital Imaging Underwater
Enhancement vs. Manipulation – Photo Enhancement, Photo Manipulation
Do You or Don’t You?
Do We or Don’t We?