With Aquarium Therapy a new trend in overcoming stress, taking aquarium pictures has now also taken on a whole life of its own. The opportunities for sharing beautiful and amazing pictures have never been greater with the abundance of social media platforms available to share your work on.
However, as with all pictures, capturing the beauty of a moment of aquarium life isn’t quite as easy as it may sound. We’ve all had the experience of seeing the most beautiful scene, wishing to capture the moment for posterity only to then check our pics only to see that they have not turned out the way we wanted them too. Absolutely no one is going to be impressed by our skill, or lack of it in this case.
So, how do we remedy this without investing in professional equipment? The good news is that with a few handy pointers, even the most basic digital camera can take some great shots. Let’s have a look at a few basic techniques for great aquarium pictures:
It’s All about the Light
The first thing you need to get right is the lighting. It is actually best to take photos of your aquascape at night so that you don’t have natural light intruding and reflecting off the glass surface of the tank. You probably have lighting for your tank so this will really show the aquarium in its best light against the dark backdrop.
It might be tempting to use a flash but this can result in additional and unwanted shadows. Put your aquarium lighting on their brightest setting and then the pictures without a flash. This method will make your pictures have more depth and show the colors within the tank in their grandest light.
The best shots are those hidden in amongst the not so good ones. It’s important that you take lots and lots of pictures at different angles and different perspectives in order to get even just that one amazing picture.
Don’t get frustrated if you don’t get it right first time as photography is an art and you will get better at it the more you practice.
Get the Fish in the Right Place
Rather than waiting for your most beautiful fish to make an appearance, tempt them out of hiding and into the area of the tank you want to feed them in by putting a bit of food there. Don’t put in too much as it will then spoil the photo.
No, it’s not cheating to use an editing app to improve your pictures even more. In fact, that’s what all good photographers do and it’s not just supermodels that benefit from editing. Play around with your editing app of choice and you will see your creativity rocket and your skills rapidly improve.
You can also develop your own style of aquarium photography so that everyone will recognize your pictures from the rest of the crowd.
Getting the right aquarium for your fish will also help frame your aquascape perfectly. For some great ideas for larger tanks, go to the definitive guide.