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Taking Pictures of Fish in an Aquarium


One of the greatest challenges is taking pictures of fish in an aquarium. Fish move very quickly most of the time, and I have yet to0 meet on that will sit is a pose long enough for a masterpiece to be taken. This video is the work of an amateur photographer with a Nikon D40 – Standard setup.

taking pictures of fish with a Nikon D40

Taking Pictures of Fish – Image by Julio Aguiar

The video is very technical and discusses the actual camera settings. Since many cameras will have similar setting menus this may take a little bit of extra work to translate the proper settings to a different camera model.

The video has a number of sections, a number of his actual photographs have been rendered into the video starting at the 2:00 minute mark. These are all various African cichlids and their colours have been shown to best effect. The focus is also perfect, so you can tell this photographer is very fami9liart with his camera and its settings.

Tips for Taking Aquarium Pictures with any Camera

Even those who have cameras that will not allow you to use similar setting can benefit from the wisdom of this video. After the many individual settings have been shown, an important set of scenes showing how the camera is used to take his pictures is shown. This extremely valuable section starts at the 11:40 mark with him sitting in front of his tank and going through the external factors that have great influence on the quality of the pictures that can be taken. Tips include the angle of the camera and the distance from the tank that is the best for standard lenses of the Nikon.

Not everyone selects a Nikon D40 as their personal camera for taking pictures of fish in an aquarium, but this section is basically camera independent and useful to hopeful photographers of all levels. These are tips and tricks for taking pictures in almost any tank. These include turning off the power head or wavemaker so the water is not agitated or filled with a lot of air bubbles in the water.

The section is separated into two distinct sections, taking pictures with flash and taking pictures of fish without the flash. If you are serious about taking quality pictures of the treasures in your tank, take the time to listen to this video, the information is well worth it, whether you own the particular camera or some other unit.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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