An aquarium is a great photo opportunity for many reasons. Fish are very attractive to the eye, full of color, textures and underwater images, for their rarity and difficulty obtained, become a very interesting scenario for performing both images as for the notes.
But nobody said it was easy. Aquariums combine everything to what he fears a photographer when looking for quality in your images: lack of light, reflections and movement. That’s nothing.
1.Set the camera to manual
Once you’re in manual mode, you must indicate a minimum speed to freeze the motion of the fish. Since they are constantly in motion, but slowly they usually do, with a shutter speed of 1 / 125s may have a perfectly frozen image. However, in situ check resulted in the checking screen and expanded. If you needed more speed, raises another point.
Work with openings large enough diaphragm so that a good portion of the scene is in focus, but without sacrificing the little light you have. A good opening in which base it could be f / 5.6.
Once you have defined the above parameters, set the ISO to exposure correct. Remember that the higher the ISO more noise, so try to stay with the least possible once get a correct exposure.
2.Or in speed priority mode
If you just landed and manual mode makes you put a face to have eaten a lemon, do not worry. First because learning to master it is much easier than you think. Second, because, in this case, you can also fascinate priority mode the shutter speed (S or Tv on the mode dial). In this shooting mode, you define the shutter speed (1 / 125s) (keep your camera steady), obtaining a correct exposure through the game with diaphragm aperture values.
3.Check your histogram values
It is possible that in a dark environment, see your images to perfection in your fantastic and brilliant touch screen art , but when you get home you realize that, unfortunately, all your images are dark. There surely will try to rescue them, and just get a big glob of pixels 🙂. Because if you are already working with high ISO, there is nothing worse than adding to the quality of your image underexposed image.
So, moral, always, always the histogram you should be enabled to display the parameters of your image. Only he tells you effectively and truthfully if your exposure is correct.
4.Turn off the flash
If you do not want images with a white flash in the center and white dots everywhere, turn it off. This time you will not serve anything, much less the camera. In addition, nuisance animals, so forbidden.
5.Focus Mode AF-C or AI Servo
This type of autofocus is characterized by being able to follow a moving subject. If you have enough light and your camera is working properly in these conditions, it can be of great use.
If the camera loses moving subject, you have to focus on manual.
6.Choose a bright optical
We have already commented that aquariums are places where there is too much light, so working with optically brightest possible, will be of great help.
Depending on the images you want to get, you can work with a wide angle, to concentrate on the image most of the scene; macro, for details of the fish; or 50mm, the King of the great objectives here you go
7.Come to the glass to avoid reflections
Surely you’re not alone in the aquarium, surely it is full of curious and fish lovers everywhere sticking their noses to the glass. The only way to try all spectators (including yourself / a) are not part of your compositions, it is to try to get close as possible to the glass. If you have a rubber lens hood, you can keep a few centimeters away from it (so not anything we painted and will serve to isolate the image of reflections.
8.Prepare your composition and hopes
The best way to get pretty pictures of aquarium, is pre-choose a good composition, regardless of the fish. If you have patience, then just have to wait that your dear friend lean out your frame the way you had previously anticipated.
No need to do a master’s degree in marine science before stop by the aquarium. With you observe in if you for a while the different behaviors of each fish will get an idea of where they like to move, if they have any movement pattern, and so on. So it will be easier to prepare your compositions and wait.
For moving elements, as in this case, the burst shooting gives you a perfect opportunity to catch them on the fly. So you make sure you get the image you want without staying with the bitter taste of the photos “almost”.
11.Adjust the white balance
You have several options, but for once, we will recommend the automatic mode (always under your supervision 😉). Automatic white balance mode usually works quite well. It also prevents forget to set whenever there is a change of light and you have to throw all your photos away. However, make sure it is working properly before you begin taking pictures like crazy.
12.Work in RAW format
The RAW format is storing more and better information about the scene, I, your camera does not interpret anything but merely to collect all the information available. The RAW format works very well if you think a touch of processed later because allows you to make corrections (such as white balance) without losing or wasting little picture quality. Now, this translates into heavier images, (sometimes heavy), so you should take this into account when stored on your memory card-computer. Also, if you shoot in burst, it is possible to work in RAW slow down the number of frames per second (fps).
Which she is the mother of science 🙂. Do not hurry, enjoy and do tests and more tests, testing different compositions and framings, plays with the diaphragm, and even speed. Photography is art and you an artist, so you know, to create!
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