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Useful tips for aquarium photography
Taking photographs of an aquarium or fish tank is not that easy as it appears despite the fact that one has a captive group of coloured subjects. However, often the subjects are highly mobile and contained in glass or an acrylic aquarium.

The first tip is that you must shoot the tank with the focal line of lens at right angles to the glass. Secondly, we must minimize the camera shake either by affirm rest or by using a tripod stand with timer or cable release. Use a camera hood to avoid stay lights.

Use a dedicated macro lens with narrow depth of field for small fish photography by choosing a wide aperture (small f-number) to capture as much light as possible. This will result in sharp image of the subject add a certain attraction to an image and blur the background.

Think of using flash by keeping the camera against the glass of the tank to 'freeze' the movement with shutter speed of 250/sec. However, off camera flash works best. Also, internally lighted aquarium gives better shots.

For still objects like corals, the very close focus and the narrow depth of field meant some of the polyp was blurred. Close up shots that reveal the detail of corals, their tissues and polyps again rely on macro lenses.

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