The Beauty Of Underwater Fish Photography -

The Beauty Of Underwater Fish Photography

underwater fish photography

If you’re in love with underwater photography then don’t miss out on this article as here we’ll be spotlighting some of the best and most beautiful underwater fish photography! It’s important to note that in most cases the underwater photographs are found to be highly connected with aquatic life. This is due to the fact that, with the help of a powerful camera lens, the subject and the surroundings get magnified. When you shoot such images the fish become the main focus. Most photographers use an electronic camera, as it makes the process a lot quicker and gives the photographer greater freedom when it comes to composition.

One area where underwater fish photography is very popular is the Freshwater lakes. With such lakes you will find a large variety of aquatic life from pretty colorful species to large predator fish, to hundreds of thousands of tiny crustaceans and insects. The trick to taking such a photograph is by knowing how to shoot such images. For example, it’s important to know that most fishes prefer freshwater lakes with calm conditions. And for that reason they’ll stay away from saltwater lakes or the lakes that have strong winds.

Used A Narrow Aperture

An example of one of the photographs that Viktor Vrbovsky had done whilst shooting in St. Petersburg, Russia was entitled “Island of Life”. In this photograph Viktor used a narrow aperture to create a shallow depth of field and then shot the fish suspended in mid-air. In this photograph the depth of field was so pronounced that the fish was barely visible beneath the water surface. It was interesting to see how closely the photographer was able to relate to the environment in which he was working.

Whilst there are many professional photographers that specialize in photographing fish, it can be difficult to find work that you can publish to galleries and show to your friends and family without showing at least some degree of skill in natural habitat photography. This is especially true if you’re not particularly experienced in shooting fish. However, if you follow some simple underwater fish photography tips and techniques, you could soon be putting in some freelance work and earning an income from home.

Think About The Lighting

A coral under blue sky

One of the underwater fish photography tips that Viktor Vrbovsky gave me which was particularly helpful was to think about the lighting in which the fish were seen. He told me that he usually preferred to shoot scenes in twilight hours because the lighting was less harsh and more natural. The result of which was that the fish looked more like real baitfish than a standard species of bass.

Two examples of fish that Viktor Vrbovsky has captured using these methods are the blue catfish and the common perch. The blue catfish was recently added to online galleries after it had been featured in an issue of National Geographic. This fish has grown in popularity recently and is now one of the most common fishes that people register as fish to look at online.

Blue Catfish Tend To Move Rather Erratically

A group of jellyfish

While this fish isn’t the biggest or the most beautiful, it does present a different challenge for photographers that prefer to use other methods of capturing movement. On top of that, it will present problems for underwater photographers if they don’t know how to handle and position their camera properly in order to get clear images.

Blue catfish tend to move rather erratically. For this reason, many photographers find it easier to capture them on film during the daytime when light conditions are better. They then transfer the images to negative and develop the film in a dark room. After that, they can return to the waterfall or tank to begin the process of developing the film while sitting at the water’s edge. Once the negative is developed, the photographer will then be able to see his or her image in the tank or in a digital photo album.

Final Words

While some photographers may choose to submit their underwater images to magazines, there are also companies that will take editorial licenses on those images. If you would like to take underwater images and submit them for editorial licensing, it’s important to make sure that you have already researched the editorial requirements of the publishing company before you submit your photos. Many publishing companies will only accept submissions that have been submitted using proper etiquette and in a responsible manner.

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