UWPMAlex Mustard has been taking photographs underwater for more than 30 years. Underwater Photography Masterclass is his 2016 book sharing what he has learned. Or in Alex’s words: “This book will not only help you get better underwater photos, but by explaining why techniques work it will also make you a better, more knowledgeable underwater photographer.”


“the definitive handbook for serious underwater photographers” SCUBA magazine

“the very best publication… on the subject of underwater photography” DIVER magazine


* Covers classic and cutting edge techniques

* Explains exactly how to do it, and points out the common mistakes

* Teaches from the perspective of light

* Detailed insight from someone totally immersed in this world

* Not just coral reefs, photography in all underwater conditions

* Presents a vision for how to think about your photography and your lighting

* Helps you select the best photographic equipment and accessories

* Promotes the fun and opportunities of being an underwater photographer



Excerpt from the introduction:

“In this inspiring underwater world, the challenge is rarely deciding what will make a great picture. Rather, it is capturing it. Few branches of photography are as technically demanding and unforgiving of poor technique. Just as Michelangelo needed to master the chisel before carving a marble block into the statue of David, underwater photographers need to learn photo techniques, particularly lighting, to truly express themselves artistically. The aim of this book is to arm you with the techniques that will allow you to produce outstanding images in the full range of underwater conditions. It will also introduce you to many creative techniques that will transform your underwater portfolio from your very next

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Nigel Wade in DIVER Magazine: “this is the very best publication, written by one of the most talented authors, I’ve ever had the privilege to read on the subject of underwater photography”

Simon Rogerson in SCUBA Magazine: “This book exceeded my expectations; I expect it will quickly become regarded as the definitive handbook for serious underwater photographers. …this is the most comprehensive guide I have seen in terms of different shooting scenarios. Above all, I admire the clarity of his writing – every skill is explained with the demystifying simplicity of a natural teacher.”

Peter Rowlands in Underwater Photography Magazine: “Underwater Photography Masterclass is a genuinely fresh take on underwater photography for several reasons. Firstly, the author ‘walks the walk’, but secondly he has ‘listened to the talk and soaked up the past’ and thirdly, and most importantly for you the reader, he has the confidence to divulge everything.”

John Bantin in Undercurrent Magazine: “Alex Mustard is the modern master of what he does, and willingly reveals to others …how he does it. Instead of producing just a coffee table book of pictures, he is more didactic in his approach, disguising his superb photos in this book as demonstrations of how to do it, or as inspiration to others to have a go themselves. It’s a master class and it’s stuffed with information.”

Amazon UK customer review: “I nearly didn’t buy this book because I was thinking it would just be a rehash of the usual basic photography and underwater advice but I’m so glad I did! …Lots of great ideas and suggestions accompanied by beautiful photographs but very concise and accessible and light enough to take on a trip.”

Amazon UK customer review: “This book arrived just before we were travelling to Lembeh, Indonesia, I have to say that the photography on our trip was transformed, we used various lighting techniques and suggestions in the macro and lighting sections. This book is definitely an essential part of my photography kit when ever I go away from now on. All aspects of underwater photography are covered and explained and the book is so easy to follow.”

Amazon UK customer review: “Extremely well written and very informative book from one of the masters of his art. This book cuts through some of the myths and shows how Alex has achieved so much in this challenging discipline. Whether you’re a beginner with your first compact or think you’re no longer in this category, you are sure to learn something. Highly recommended.”

mazon UK customer review: “This book deserves only 5 star reviews. It deals with every shot that I can think of in underwater photography, it is a book that communicates. It is all about lighting. Alex has made an outstanding contribution to underwater photography through this book alone. I will be using it, reading it, re-reading it and digesting all of the great lessons contained in it A master photographer, teacher, communicator doing his thing. A must read, a reference book and a delight, with stunning images too.”

Amazon UK customer review: “I have been an underwater photographer for a few years, but still consider myself a beginner. I have read the book cover to cover and can genuinely say it is full of really useful practical “how to” tips. Importantly, it is not full of hard to understand technical language and is very easy to read. Highly recommend it.”

Amazon UK customer review: “What a Great book on underwater photography. I can’t praise this book enough. Alex has thought of everything that Underwater Photographers need to know.”

Amazon UK customer review: “The book is written in an easy to understand language, without complicated jargon. Every page is packed with tips and advice to help you improve your u/w photography technique.”