Favourite Dive Magazines?
Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:34 AM
Also are there any "must read" UW photography books? Technique, ID, photo showcase or otherwise.
Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:58 AM
Clearly, the best photographically oriented underwater mag is Wetpixel Quarterly
I also recently saw the photo edition of AustralAsia Scuba Diver - awesome!
As for technique, Martin Edge's "The Underwater Photographer" 3rd ed. is a must.
Canon 5D3 and 7D, Nauticam and Subal, an assortment of strobes and too many damn lenses!
"Hey Dean! How do you work this crazy thing?!" Jerry Lewis
Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:26 AM
Seriously though, WP Quarterly is the only one I subscribe to, but I don't really consider it a "dive magazine" so much as a (themed) art/photography magazine. Sure it has articles, some of which have been quite good, but unlike the usual male excuse for Playboy, I don't subscribe to it for the articles.
I've posted elsewhere that IMO Scuba Diving is 95% fluff - new shiny gear advertising tie-ins and Top 10 Places you MUST dive Today! gushing travelogues, with an awful lot of rapid-recycling (the same PR article becomes a 2-page "10 best dives" insert within 3 months, for example). The new format is pretty though.
Used to occasionally read Dive Training - at least it tried to be more substantive although it was aimed at a newer audience (and their instructors). But in reading an article that actually had to have a picture to point out "the foot pocket stiffeners should be removed before fin use," I kind of realized they'd gone downhill too.
Get DAN's Alert Diver courtesy of insurance membership. It's almost always worth flipping through for 10-15 minutes at least, but I'd have to say I don't 'eagerly await' its arrival.
Not that I'm trying to pick on dive literature specifically. I think all print media has gone the same route. Journalistic standards in papers, Newsweek/Time, etc. are being eroded by the new morality of editorializing vs. fact reporting. Internet news outlets are all regurgitating the same AP / Reuters tagline stories, or cannibalizing one another for 'new product' scoops by linking and re-linking cut-and-pastes of press releases (try ANY 'tech/science' site like Engadget, ArsTechnica, DailyTech, etc and you'll see the same things over and over within about a 24 hour window). The attention spans of the viewers they're pursuing and general literacy levels for which they are produced are continually dropping.
And even though I'm a voracious 2-full-length-novels/week reader, maybe I'm still in that same category: after all, I did say above the only dive mag I really like is all about the pretty pictures.
Edited by rtrski, 14 April 2009 - 06:27 AM.
Current rig: Sony SLT-alpha55 in Ikelite housing, Sigma 105mm f2.8 DC Macro w/ Ike 5505.58 flat port or Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM behind UWCamStuff custom 5" mini-dome. Dual INON z240 Type IVs triggered with DS51 for TTL mimicry, or DS51 alone with home-made ringflash assy for macro.
Topside, unhoused: Sony SLT-alpha99,
Sigma 150-500mm + 1.4TC (Saving for Sony 70-400 G2), Sigma 15mm diagonal fish, Sony 24-70mm f2.8 CZ, Tamron 180mm f2.8 Macro...all the gear and nary a clue...
Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:38 PM
Edited by John Bantin, 16 April 2009 - 11:42 PM.
I buy my own photographic kit. Diving equipment manufacturers and diving services suppliers get even-handed treatment from me whether they choose to advertise in the publications I write for or not. All the equipment I get on loan is returned as soon as it is finished with. Did you know you can now get Diver Mag as an iPad/Android app?
Posted 17 April 2009 - 05:01 AM
Australia's Sport Diving Magazine is pretty good too divingwise, although it might not be the most interesting on pure photography it is very much in line with Asian Diver in terms of subjects, I reckon.
Web based mags are a very interesting alternative, of course uwpmag.com with illustrious wetpixel members comes in first place, FINsonline.com from singapore is also great, for french readers I would recommend chercheursdeau.com
That was my personal choice...
Galleries in Pbase : Ambon & Maluku, Bangka & Bali, Komodo & Maumere, Moalboal, Mabul & Sipadan.
Vanuatu incl.SS Pres.Coolidge wreck.
Posted 17 April 2009 - 10:50 AM
Avoid them, they either are not an ethical business or are very poorly run. I don't think they even deserve their B- rating with the Better Business Bureau. Thankfully, its not like I advertised with them or entered a contest or something.
Posted 18 April 2009 - 05:19 AM
1) a new pretty paper one which is a "Fathoms replacement"..... Diving Adventure magazine http://www.divingadventuremag.com/
2) Underwater Journal online http://www.underwaterjournal.com/
I would like to get some non-U.S. magazines, but the postage rates to the U.S. makes them too expensive.
For books, I recommend Jack & Sue Drafahl, Stephen Frink and Cathy Church. All have excellent books, great photos, and are inspiring.
Posted 27 May 2009 - 11:00 AM
Successful Underwater Photography by Brian Skerry & Howard Hall.
The Underwater Photographer by Martin Edge
Aside from National Geographic & Alert Diver, I don't get any magazines. Way back I used to get SkinDiver and marvel at their glorious equipment reviews. To give them credit, the step-by-step articles by Nikon are what made me decide on buying a Nikonos.
Posted 27 May 2009 - 12:48 PM
Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:20 PM
How the hell do you subscribe if you don't live in Britain? All the "add to cart" buttons don't appear to work at least on my Mac.
I work for DIVER Magazine in the UK. We obviously like to think it's the best. Before committing yourself to subscribing though, you can see the (almost) entire content of back issues free on-line by going to www.divernet.com
Canon 7d, Nauticam, Lots of glass, Olympus OMD-EM5, Nauticam, 60 macro, 45 macro, 8 mm fisheye, Inon, S&S, Athena Strobes plus lots of fiddly bits.