Aquatic life

We have talked about creativity in previous post, but something beyond simply being creative is choosing a subject which presents a challenge.

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Perhaps you do not think shooting fish are such a challenge. You would be right, if you find a perfectly lit and organized aquarium or you had thousands of dollars to spend on camera equipment, underwater housings and airline tickets to crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Islands or Key West Florida.

If you will remember though, I have confessed to being a minimalist photographer. So, yes I will capitalize on cheap or free opportunities to get great pictures of unusual and exotic things!

Take your camera sometime and try setting your white balance to the right type of light and get you shutter length set to capture the detail of the fish and stop their movements. It is not so easy! Beside that, if you have a digital SLR, set you aperture between 13 – 20 so that more of the aquarium is in focus. This reduces the amount of light your lens can receive and thus slows down you shutter speed.

I am not playing a dirty trick on you here, I am simply giving you some tips on some of the details that I use to produce an image that looks like the “professional” shots of national magazines and new organizations. These are some of the things which set apart the “composition” of a shot from the basic “point and shoot” photographers as compared to a serious minded hobbyist.

Be careful of setting your ISO as high as your camera allows, for the reason that when you begin to look closely at your photo detail, you will notice “grainy” distortion and thus prevent large prints or zooming in.

Yes, even though that means that you will need a longer shutter speed to get the shot you would have taken at 1/400 (four-hundredths of a second), this is when getting creative is a  must!

Post your comments and experiences below! I would love to hear what you learned and  what you captured for that memory!