Aquarium Photography Tips
By arungupta on Dec 24, 2006
General tips for aquarium photography
- NEVER use built-in flash. If possible, use external light from the top and/or the sides, but not from front of the tank. Otherwise use only tank lighting.
- Slow shutter speed or larger aperture (smaller depth-of-field), higher
ISO, and manual focus.
- Consider using smaller aperture (higher depth-of-field) so that fish movements can be captured.
- Use burst shooting when the fish is in the sweet spot.
- Use a tripod, especially for close up or macro photos (use the "Digital Vari-Program Macro", tulip on the left side command dial, mode).
- Place the camera perpendicular to the glass and subject.
- If taking picture of a fish, focus on a spot and wait for it swim into view.
- Take more than one picture so that you can select the best.
- Live plants, rocks, driftwood and gravel are the best backgrounds. Make sure you conceal any electric cords or air tubing away from sight.
If possible, follow the guidelines below
- Clean the aquarium glass from both inside and outside.
- Completely darken the room to help avoid reflections.
- It is always best to take pictures in the highest setting/best quality possible, if you have enough spare cards.
Here are some of the articles I read:
- Basics on Aquarium Photography
- Photo tips by Janet Brassard
- Techniques for Aquarium Photograph
- The Art of Aquarium Photography
- Rules of Aquarium photography