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Action Camera Underwater Video Basics

The Essential Guide to Making Underwater Films

by Jeff Goodman, Foreword by Kip Evans



Avoid common mistakes and make great underwater video with a GoPro or other small device. A lifetime of knowledge in one handy book full of images shot with an action camera.


Action Camera Underwater Video Basics shows how to capture fantastic video and turn it into engaging sequences. The book focuses on action cameras – the small format which includes devices made by GoPro, SeaLife and many other manufacturers. These convenient little video cameras have more depth to them than one might first imagine. Award-winning underwater cameraman Jeff Goodman shows how versatile they can be and how to get the best out of them.

The book looks at important camera features and cuts through the dizzying array of equipment choices. Homing in on what is useful for underwater videoing, Jeff then provides the vital background knowledge key to achieving great results, time after time, whatever device you use:

  • How to avoid the typical mistakes made by many budding underwater filmmakers.
  • Capture better shots and turn them into engaging sequences.
  • An introduction to the editing process – simple techniques to make the best videos.
  • Jeff also explains how to use action cameras to take better underwater stills, both in the water and later from the video which has been shot.
  • The book concludes with two exercises that put the theory into practice.
  • Every one of the 200+ images in the book was shot with an action camera.

Although technology moves on at a pace, some things will always remain true. Nowadays shooting exclusively with tiny action cameras, Jeff shares a lifetime of essential underwater video know-how in one handy book.


‘[Jeff is] a skilled professional with a genuine love for the underwater world. If you want to shoot underwater videos with an action camera that others might enjoy watching, get a copy of his book and heed his advice.’– Undercurrent.org

‘A proper hands-on manual that can, and should accompany the diver on their trips as a constant source of reference. If you have an action camera you really should have this book too.’– Scubaverse.com

‘Jeff Goodman and Dived Up Publications have produced the essential guide to impressive underwater video. Whether you’re a filmmaker on a budget, or prefer the apparent simplicity and portability of action cameras, you’re bound to get better results by following the advice it contains. Given the many thousands you’ve already saved on that DSLR/housing and lighting rig, the cover price of this book seems like a worthy investment.’-BritishDiver.co.uk

‘An excellent read, reminding us of the basics of great footage and stills underwater. His focus is on small action cameras (GoPro, Paralenz, Sealife…) and the beauty is that they are accessible to almost any diver, as are the basics of good diving and great ethical attitude. I applaud Jeff for his approach and his writing about the choices you have to make as an underwater ambassador. It’s not okay to damage reefs, have no awareness for your surroundings. We are privileged to witness amazing events and be part of mind-blowing encounters underwater, the least we can do is be informed to be able too anticipate on certain behaviour and hence… get better footage! Great read, great tips for use of the cameras and for shooting and editing! Worth the read and your time!’– Ellen Cuylaerts, ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, Fellow International in the Explorers Club, public speaker, Women Divers Hall of Fame.

‘A great book for anyone planning to get underwater with their action camera.  As an expert in underwater video, Jeff makes it easy to get good results with your action camera beneath the surface’– Sven Harms, VP SeaLife Underwater Imaging & Lighting.

‘Today camera technology and affordability has meant that anyone can capture good underwater footage automatically. However, with only a small amount of extra knowledge that same, simple technology can be used to capture incredible underwater images. This book contains all you need to achieve this. Jeff’s aim is to target the learning to cover small, action cameras so as not to overburden with useless information. Armed with this book, some creativity and the, now ubiquitous, small action cameras you can achieve some very impressive results.’– Andy Torbet, underwater explorer, cave diver, freediver, skydiver, climber, outdoorsman and TV presenter.

‘I have known Jeff for quite some time and have been privileged to work with him and see his skills and knowledge regarding underwater photography and videography. What really impresses me is how he can take a complex topic and break it into simple, easy to understand terms. I am a diver, not a camera expert and quite honestly, using them underwater has always filled me with dread. Floating in the water filming or photographing the same thing 20 times to get a great shot has proved extremely frustrating. Following Jeff’s instruction in this beautifully written, graphic rich publication will allow camera users, no matter what environment they are diving in, to get those shots that they dreamed of.’ — Paul V Toomer, President, RAID Diver Training Agency.

‘The perfect roadmap to help divers of any skill level learn to shoot video in the sea’– Kip Evans, professional photographer and underwater explorer (from the Foreword).

About the Author of Action Camera Underwater Video Basics

Jeff Goodman is an award-winning cameraman and director experienced in wildlife, underwater, aerial and sound sync lighting camera work. Jeff started his TV career making a series of 30 minute underwater films in 1980 with his associate Laurie Emberson. With over 10,000 professional dives to his name, Jeff has travelled the world filming in a variety of environments while working for the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery and many other international production companies. He is the creator of the RAID Action Camera Speciality, for which the book is an excellent accompaniment.

The Foreword author

Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and explorer Kip Evans has led or participated in more than 70 expeditions throughout the world, including assignments in Antarctica, the Arctic, Costa Rica, Chile, and the Galapagos Islands.

As a photographer, he has worked on dozens of National Geographic Society projects since 1998, including the five-year Sustainable Seas project to explore and document US National Marine Sanctuaries.

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Weight415 g
Dimensions210 × 148 × 10 mm



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