Aquarium Photography – Shooting a Public Aquarium
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Aquarium photography can be quite a challenge for many people. Personally I have moved to the realm of shooting video of the fish I want to capture digitally. That way I can get closeups of them and hope the video camera will provide a still video. I know t seems like a cop-out, but taking a great digital or capturing some fo these mighty beasts on actual film is not as easy as it might seem. In the article Tips for Taking Stunning Aquarium Pictures Kyle Ford’s picture of a very large public aquarium is dissected for the various strategies and factors that go into shooting a composite shot with a digital or standard film camera.
Shooting in a massive public aquarium may be your only opportunity to net a sea creature as magnificent as Kyle Ford’s whale shark, above. The project will be fun, if fraught with challenges.
The good news? Ford, a fine-art shooter and photography professor at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, has catalogued a set of techniques that makes shooting in large aquariums doable.
While the tips and factors that are outlined in the actual article on public aquarium photography are great for the digital camera, they already are suitable for almost any form of photography of aquariums, big or small. That includes the use of video cameras. The difference in this hardware case is that the raw “footage” of the video will have to be massaged and then a still created from the movie itself. Assuming enough fish were caught during the actual aquarium photography filming session; and the tripod or camera were not moved during the shooting, then there should be many possible high definition pictures that an be used to create a composite.
Aquarium Photography can be done using many different cameras
While this article does focus on still cameras for the aquarium photography that is combined to make a stunning shot if a huge public aquarium tank, most of the techniques work with any digital capture device. I know that some of them work great when I am photographing much smaller tanks during my sessions of aquarium photography for the various pictures I create for many various purposes