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    9 creative photo ideas to try in January

    | Photography Tips | 01/01/2014 00:01am
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    Creative photo ideas for January: 03 Shoot tropical fish

    Creative photo ideas for January: 03 Shoot tropical fish

    Anyone who’s tried taking pictures of tropical fish knows how hard it is to get a sharp, well-lit image. The answer, as Bruce Wyma discovered, is to build your own tank.

    “The biggest challenge was keeping the fish in focus,” he reveals. “In order to limit how far I had to track them, I built a 5x7x5ft tank to photograph them in.

    “The bottom and sides are wood, painted white with grooves cut for the glass to fit in, and all gaps were sealed with silicone caulk to make the tank watertight. The white surfaces act as a reflector for the single light (a Photogenic Powerlight 600 with a small Chimera softbox) overhead.

    “All of these images were shot with a 
Canon 30D with a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens. I selected the centre AF point and used continuous autofocus, and periodically revealed a small mirror to get the fish to display.

    SEE MORE: Master your camera’s autofocus: which AF points to use (and when to use them)

    “
Even though these are just fish, they all have their own personalities. I have previously bought some beautiful fish that just did nothing for the camera. Be prepared to shoot a lot of exposures. If I can get five images out of 100 that I really like, I am happy.”

    Get started today
    * Use glass rather than plastic to build the tank: scratches in plastic can show up in the image.
    * If you don’t want to build a tank, buy a small one and use a sheet of glass to reduce space.
    * Base your exposure settings on the flash, rather than the ambient light in the room.

    Creative photo ideas for January: 01 Shoot a vertorama
    Creative photo ideas for January: 02 Shoot a vibrant abstract photo
    Creative photo ideas for January: 03 Shoot tropical fish
    Creative photo ideas for January: 04 Shoot in ultraviolet
    Creative photo ideas for January: 05 Shoot frost in spectacular detail
    Creative photo ideas for January: 06 Shoot a split-frame landscape
    Creative photo ideas for January: 07 Shoot a winter portrait
    Creative photo ideas for January: 08 Shoot animals in action
    Creative photo ideas for January: 09 Revisit your old photos

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    Posted on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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