Telephoto Lenses and Aquarium Shots

ISO 400 is the best option for capturing moving objects on film. It can grab shots of a fast moving subject without blurring the image. It also helps for when the brightness of light is low while the targeted subject is moving fast.

Lens Length?

A lens ranging anywhere between 28-80 millimeters is acceptable. However make sure that you use the best one available by first trying different types of lenses to achieve the most desirable results. For shots that are very close range, use an extending tube. The lens types you would otherwise use while taking outdoor shots might not produce same effect as when taking an aquarium shot indoors.

Be Aware of Shadows

Try various angles and techniques to achieve your most desirable results. Take multiple pictures from different directions to ensure that no shadows are caught in the background. It is advisable before shooting to wait for the fish to position itself so it appears to contrast against the watery background. Doing this will ensure that the subject appears sharp and clearer in the picture afterward.

Availability of Light

Without the proper amount of light, the shot you take will not provide you the appearance you desire. The aquarium should be well illuminated. Preferably, as stated earlier, lights should be placed at the top of the tank. Be extra careful handling the lights near the water since an electric current is involved. Mishandling them near water could prove fatal to both you and the fish. Position the lights first; then plug in the power cord.

It should be noted that the camera’s built-in flash should not be used for these pictures as light will reflect off the glass and cause glare on the final output.


While the fish is moving, adjust your camera’s settings, such as the lens, aperture openings, shutters speed, etc. If a fish is moving toward you, increase the camera’s depth field to focus more clearly on the fish.

Secret to Great Photography

It may take a lengthy period of time of practice and building a good personal knowledge base before you achieve the skills of a professional photographer. This includes both technical skills and effective techniques.

In short, photography is one of the best ways to express one’s emotions. For a good photographer, this is a hobby that needs constant exploration. On the other hand, for a professional photographer, it is a method of conveying a concept. Either way, photography can be a thrilling experience offering almost unlimited means of capturing awesome scenes – even inside an aquarium.