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click to enlarge Jim Church's Essential Guide to Underwater Video
2nd Edition by Jim Church
212 pages, 6x9 inches, paperback, 92 color photos, Line drawings, Appendices, Index
ISBN 1-881652-26-2
Publisher's Note: We are currently out of stock of this title but one of our distributors--Ocean Enterprises in Australia--still has copies available. The following link will take you to their page. To find the book scroll down to the bottom of the page. Note that you must order through e-mail or telephone.

Jim Church's unsurpassed ability to present complicated topics in a clear and easy-to-digest manner is thoroughly evident in this superbly organized guide. Even beginners will get professional results fast by following Church's step-by-step instructions. More advanced users will find a wealth of valuable information that will improve not only their shooting techniques, but also their storyboarding, editing and production skills.

Some of the Topics Covered

  • Surviving the equipment jungle
  • Secrets of professional shooting techniques
  • Adding interest & variety
  • Directional continuity
  • Putting models at ease
  • Lighting
  • Shooting close-up, medium & long shots
  • Planning the story line
  • Editing
  • Adding slides & graphics
  • How to shoot your dive trip
  • Topside video techniques
  • Guides to shooting Grand Cayman, Truk & liveaboards
About the Author

Jim Church is a pioneer of modern underwater photography. Many of today's professionals got started with a camera in one hand, and Jim's articles and books in the other. Jim's writings and photographs have appeared hundreds of times during the past 30 years in photography, travel and dive magazines, and newspapers. His photographs have been used in advertisements for companies such as Kodak and Nikon, and appeared in numerous books including the Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau. He is the principal author of five previous books on underwater photography and the author of Jim Church's Essential Guide to Underwater Video. In 1985 Jim was the co-recipient of the NOGI Award for the Arts for his contribution to underwater photography. Today, he teaches underwater photography and leads photographic expeditions worldwide.


"...practical, thorough and conveniently structured in all parts. I consider it the finest guide to underwater video available today."

-Stan Waterman, Emmy Award-winning underwater filmmaker

"...the most complete book on underwater video production I've seen. If you're serious about producing high quality video images and organizing these images into professional-looking videos, then this book is your first important step."

-Howard Hall

"For anyone-beginner to advanced-who wants to put polish on their work, this book is a must read. Once again Jim Church has made a major contribution to the underwater photographic community"

-Marty Snyderman

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