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The Best Books for Aspiring Underwater Photographers

We asked photo pros about the books that inspired them through the years.

Be inspired by these volumes recommended by professional shooters.

Underwater Photography Masterclass

Underwater Photography Masterclass

Underwater Photography Masterclass by Alex Mustard

When Scuba Diving surveyed our go-to shooters for their recommendations, this text — by another frequent contributor — was mentioned most often, hands down. For more-advanced/-creative techniques, this new volume “simply can’t be beat,” says contributor Allison Vitsky Sallmon, a common refrain.


Underwater Photographer

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The Underwater Photographer by Martin Edge

Cited by numerous photographers for its lessons on technique, this 1996 guide is now in its fourth edition, and is still a must-read.


Essential Guide to Composition

essential guide to composition

Jim Church’s Essential Guide to Composition by Jim Church

The late author’s school continues on Aggressor liveaboards; this volume will help you conceive the shot before you pull the trigger.


Successful Underwater Photography

successful underwater photography

Howard Hall’s Guide to Successful Underwater Photography by Howard Hall

“An oldie but goodie — my bible getting started,” says contributor Brandon Cole of this 1982 landmark guide.


Water Light Time

water light time

Water Light Time by David Doubilet

Sometimes even pros ­value a little inspiration — this volume covers 25 years and 30 bodies of water through the lens of an icon. “A timeless classic,” says ­contributor Steve Jones.


Underwater Photography

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Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich

With a forward by Ernie Brooks II, this volume from a frequent contributor covers equipment, fundamentals and post-processing.

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700 Sharks into the Dark

700 sharks into the dark

700 Sharks Into the Dark by Laurent Ballesta

In a testament to sheer ­determination, four years and 3,000 dive hours went into capturing what happens when marbled grouper spawn in the Fakarava Atoll.

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