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A manual of underground and flash photography: cave photography for cavers, by Chris Howes
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From the dustjacket:
Caves form a fascinating, unique yet hostile environment which presents a supreme photographic challenge – one which, all too often, aspiring underground photographers fail to overcome. Here, within the pages of Images Below, is the answer in the form of a complete manual of underground and flash photography.
Written as a clear and comprehensive how-to-do-it recipe book packed with numerous tips, there is something for newcomer and enthusiast alike. Images Below covers the basics of equipment and photographic techniques, working with single and multiple flash (and other, more unusual light sources), then continues with specialised topics such as close-up, cave life, archaeology, underwater, video and stereo photography. A final, invaluable section gives detailed advice on composition, analysing your work and identifying errors, and caring for your pictures.
Whether you are making a day-trip to your nearest cave or heading far from home on an expedition, here are checklists of equipment to take and things to consider. Nowhere else will you find such detailed advice on solving problems or pushing your creative abilities to the limit.Images Below is lavishly illustrated with over 450 photographs, diagrams and tables – many of them in comparative sets showing mistakes and successes – which help make this the authoritative volume on underground photography. If you are a sport caver or mine explorer, whether you use an automatic compact camera or an SLR, your success rate is guaranteed to rise. Here is your major source of solutions which will stimulate new and refreshing ideas and projects. If you rise to the challenge, you cannot afford to be without Images Below.
SECTION ONE: EQUIPMENT
1 Cameras and lenses
SECTION TWO: BASIC TECHNIQUES
4 Camera basics
5 Working with flash
6 Multiple flash
SECTION THREE: SPECIALIST TECHNIQUES
7 Close-up and macro photography
8 Automatic cameras
9 Alternative lighting
10 Expedition photography
11 Underwater, stereo and video photography
SECTION FOUR: ATTENTION TO DETAIL
13 Assessing your work
14 A touch of history
Photographic and caving glossary
- Outdoor Writers' Guild/Fuji Professional Award for Photographic Excellence, 1997
- Winner of the Tratman Award for excellence in speleological publications, 1997
- The International Congress of Speleology in Switzerland, 1997, awarded Images Below second place for the best speleo publication produced during the preceding four years
Science of Imaging
In 2011 the second edition of Science of Imaging by Graham Saxby was published by Taylor & Francis. In concluding the chapter on flash, he wrote om p132:
One of the best books about flash photography is Images Below, by Chris Howes (Wild Places, 1997). Ostensibly about cave photography, it contains more hints and tips about flash than the average overground photographer might ever need, as well as some magnificent photography.
If you are looking for photographs by Chris Howes, please see our sister site: Wild Places Photography (opens new window).
For the companion title: To Photograph Darkness
Images Below is supplied with a reference bookmark to lighting positions. Your book order will also come with a free laminated, caving-related bookmark, while stocks last.
If you wish your copy signed by the author. please let us know.
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Jim Eyre was a legend in his own lifetime – a hard caver and ardent cave rescuer, but also a talented cartoonist and outrageous raconteur. His two-part autobiography comprising It's Only a Game and The Game Goes On is now available as a set with a considerable reduction in price.
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