Tips and Tricks

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· Light behaves differently in water than in air, and this must be taken into account when photographing aquatic creatures. You may for instance have to add extra lighting to take good pictures. An aquarium that is 50 cm deep can need twice as much light as one that is just 25 cm deep.

· If you want your fish to look stunning in pictures, you need to provide them with good care everyday – not just the day you feel like snapping pictures. Improper diet, poor water quality, unsuitable tank mates, and a suboptimal water temperature are just a few examples of factors that can make even sturdy fish loose their colours and look dull and listless. There is a difference between living and living well.

· Many species of fish will be particularly photogenic after a large water change, but there are also species that handle change very poorly – even change for the better. Learn more about your particular species and act accordingly.

· If you are photographing aquarium inhabitants, pay attention to the water. You don’t want poor visibility or unsightly debris ruining your pictures. Carry out a water change, make sure the filters are working properly, and vacuum the substrate well in advance – you don’t want to do it right before a shoot since the aquarium and its inhabitants need time to settle after being disturbed.

· Don’t forget the aquarium glass. If you don’t plan on submerging your camera, you need to clean the glass carefully before taking a photo unless you want algae, dirt spots and similar to show for dramatical effect. Also remember that it is not only the inside of the glass that can be dirty.

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