A Strategy for Aquarium Photography

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A Strategy for Aquarium Photography

Postby gminor » Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:19 pm

There's no question getting really good photos of a living aquatic or semi-aquatic environment can be tricky. Reflections on the glass from ambient light sources and shy or quick moving tank mates stack the odds against making this kind of photography an easy task.

Here are a few techniques I've found that can produce good results.

1. Make sure your aquarium glass is clean inside and out.
2. Use a digital camera with tripod or other means to help steady the camera if possible.

3. Check your camera for presets specific to photographing underwater scenes. It doesn't have to be a waterproof camera to have this feature.

4. Turn off your camera's flash. A flash can reflect on the glass and wash-out otherwise warm colors on fish and plants. (This is a big one)

5. Take the photos at night with the aquarium light being the only light source in the room. The darker the room, the better the color will be in your photos.

6. Be prepared to take several photos for every "keeper". Photographing without the flash has the drawback of producing a lot of blurry photos since shutter speed is automatically slowed on many cameras when the flash is turned off.

The reward for all the preparation and patience is photos that better capture the warmer, deeper, and richer colors of our own personal aquatic life and landscapes.

If you've found any other tips or tricks that have worked well for you, please consider sharing with the community!
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