Shooting in Aquariums

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As some of may know, my wife and I have made a habit of visiting aquariums whenever we can. You may also be aware that I like to shoot photos whenever we’re traveling as well. These two things do not always go very well together. Aquariums aren’t the easiest places to shoot photos. The lighting tends to be dark, photos of fish in tanks tend to get washed out with the blue water, and there are often a lot of other people around.

But, despite all that, I still do it, because when you can get a few nice shots, they are really nice. And, let’s face it, I’m not about to become an underwater photographer anytime soon, so how many chances am I going to get to catch some shots of fish?

School's In

So, if I have any advice for you, it would be to be patient and to keep shooting. People are going to be all around you, so wait for that one quick break when no one is directly in front of you to get your shot, and the more shots you take the more chance you’ll get a few where the light hits things just right, and the fish slow down enough to let you get a shot without getting too blurry, because most of the time, a tripod is not really an option.

Ray

Who knows, if you can be patient enough maybe you’ll get lucky and capture something like a feeding, or a diver in the tank, which provided me a great chance to show just how large a whale shark is.

Scale

The rest of the photos from our day at the Georgia Aquarium can be seen over at Flickr.

If you have any advice for shooting in aquariums, please share in the comments!

3 Responses

    • Mike McBride

      Thanks David. Yes, an all too important variable when shooting in challenging situations is the fact that digital allows us to shoot away, knowing full well that only a small percentage will work out the way we want them to, without paying any sort of premium for all those poor ones. We just delete them!

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