Photographing Fish: 5 Tips For Frustrated Beginners


 Photographing Fish: 5 Tips For Frustrated Beginners

Photographing fish is one of the most rewarding and challenging endeavors an aquarist can embark upon. To get the perfect shot, it takes patience and persistence. But for some beginners, these attributes elude them.

1. A Good Camera is a Must
A camera, no matter how expensive, is useless without a proper lens. Do not rely on the bundled equipment that comes with your DSLR package to get a good shot. Fish are wriggly and fast-moving targets and need a long lens to capture them swimming smoothly in the water. Professional cameras and lenses can be bought outright, or you can rent or borrow one before making a high-dollar investment in your hobby.
2. Get Lots of Light
Lighting is important because fish live in water where light does not penetrate very far as it would in air; even well-lit aquariums are dim compared to many offices or other indoor environments that include windows. If you have a need for flash photography, don't expect results comparable to those achieved with natural light in a macro photography studio. Top-notch photos of fish will be the best possible even without flash.
3. Position Your Model
Fishing for fish is more than just sitting by the aquarium and hoping you can catch one. You'll get more out of your shot if you pay attention to where it is in relation to your subject, whether it's a tank or your camera itself.
4. Focus On the Eyes
Fish have eyes near the top of their heads so that they can see above the water, but also on each side so that they can see below as well as in front and behind while swimming through their environment. If you want your fish to pose, focus on their eyes.
5. Experiment
Great photographs are the result of trial and error. You're bound to make mistakes while learning how these different techniques work. These mistakes can be easily rectified by adjusting the angle or focusing on what's in front, next to, or behind the fish instead of on its eye.
What other tips do you have? Leave a comment and let us know!
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