So you're not a scuba diver? Can't get to Hawaii or the Caribbean this summer? No problem! There are rare and wonderful sea creatures available to be photographed at your local aquarium - ranging from shallow tide pools to giant kelp forests. Here are just a few photo tips to keep in mind before your aquarium visit.
Do's - Aquarium Photography Tips
- Use a high ISO setting (ranging from 400 to 3200), and expect to change it when moving to different areas at the aquarium with varying levels of light. Deep-sea fish may be displayed in very dim lighting, requiring a higher ISO than a tank with sunlight coming through the top.
- Set your camera for the fastest shutter speed that the lighting will allow. Fish will probably be moving constantly, and a slow shutter speed will only result in blurry images. The challenge is to set your camera for a fast enough shutter speed that will still allow some depth of field for sharpness throughout the scene.
- Experiment with your camera's white balance setting. Aquarium lights range widely in their color balance, producing cool- to warm-balanced illumination.
Don't 's- Aquarium Photography Tips
- Avoid using flash at the aquarium. Not only will you get pictures of the reflection of your flash, but it can even create problems with the sensitive vision of some sea creatures. By using the light from the aquarium, you'll get much better color rendition and will avoid getting glare and washed-out pictures with flash.
- Avoid shooting pictures at an angle to the glass, as you'll wind up getting a lot of distortion. Keep the camera perpendicular to the glass and your subject. You should shoot as close to the glass as possible to minimize distortion and reflections.
Lastly, be considerate of other people who may want to photograph the wonders of the sea. Experiment and have fun!
Online Photography Training
Lynne Eodice teaches a terrific online photo tutorial - Learning to Shoot Inspiring Images - at BetterPhoto's digital photography school online. In addition, be sure to check out the photographer certification program at BetterPhoto.com.
About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Lynne Eodice
The author of Photos That Inspire, Lynne Eodice teaches four excellent online courses for BetterPhoto.com: Photography for the Weekend Warrior, Digital Photography Basics, Photographing Architecture: Around Town or Far Afield and Fundamentals of Great Exposure. She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic.
A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.
Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphic’s Buyer’s Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.
Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitor’s center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.
In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.
Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.