Reflections at 1 week to book launch
The book “Winning Images” makes an argument for 3 axes along which underwater photographers make progress, but that you have to make progress on all 3 if you are to create admired, stunning or (for a lucky but talented few), iconic images.
Axis 1 is technology and technique. You can buy your way along the technology path, but even a modest compact camera is so powerful these days that we are all pretty well along that road. Technique takes some training and practice.
Axis 2 is your personal drive and the degree to which you become immersed in the underwater photography world, be it in clubs, societies, competitions…the list is endless, really. You need a will to succeed and the means to inspire and help you. Friends really do help. I was genuinely inspired when I first started underwater photography by people within the British Society of Underwater Photographers. And I’ve made some wonderful new friends since.
Axis 3 is artistic vision. Not everybody has it from scratch, but it can be taught and the basic building block is composition. Unfortunately, many people wrongly suppress this axis to pursue technology. Technology can help, but you can invest thousands of dollars, pounds or euros in it when by comparison only a very modest investment in deeper knowledge of composition could provide far greater gearing for your success.
That’s my argument and I believe it passionately. If you agree, consider buying “Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera”, which is the first book for underwater photographers that seriously addresses some searching questions that we all need to answer about composition – if we really are determined to produce better images.
If you can, do join me and Alex Mustard at the book launch in London (details below); I extend an open invitation to everybody who is interested in taking composition to the next level of understanding and I will provide you with some wine, soft drinks, canapes, a few words from me & Alex and an opportunity to buy a signed copy of the book.
Wednesday 11 June 6:30pm at Ocean Leisure Cameras near Embankment Tube station. “Winning Images” book launch – additional details
Best wishes to you, my dear friends