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Question Photographing Aquascapes & Aquatic Life

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I have experience with photography in a studio setting and have a fairly good grasp of photography and lighting; however, I have not shot aquatic or wild life with the goal of rendering professional grade pictures. As a result, I was wondering where I might find a basic primer related to photographing aquascapes and aquatic life. At present, I plan to shoot with Nikon D300 set on a tripod. I am looking into tethered arrangement with my laptop coupled with On1 DSLRemote.

In terms of a primer, I am looking for something that discusses typical lighting set-ups, recommended lenses, and f-stop and shutter speed considerations (especially, when attempting to capture moving fish). In otherwords, I am hoping to find advice to move me along the learning curve.

Thank-you, in advance, to anyone who can offer advice, link to primer, or both,

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i dont know of anything you can read about that. but ill tell you what i do.

i use a low ISO and a low f stop, ISO usually 200 and usually f 4.5. i use and off body flash tethered to the camera. point the flash into the tank from above.


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If you're familiar with the basics of photography, then there really isn't much to explain. Your lighting options are limited, as different types of glass play different tricks when trying to light through them.

Try to light from above or below, and watch out for funny shadows, reflections and color casts. Adjust your DOF and shutter speeds to achieve the outcome you're looking for. A macro lens would be beneficial, as you'll likely be working very close to the tank.

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Thank-you,

I appreciate your thoughts and links.

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