underwater Photo Course :: (8) underwater Photo Subjects :: Fish
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When photographing fish there can be five basic
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- ID SHOTS Pictures which show the whole creature
(in side view usually) and from which a scientist could discern the features
needed to identify it.
- PORTRAITS: A close up shot of the head, usually
head on or at a slight angle.
- SITUATION SHOTS: Shots of a fish in its natural
- DRAMATIC SHOTS: Pictures with strong aesthetic
appeal, images that could be competition entries; ranging from tight framing
on an eye to a shot with a sunburst behind.
- BEHAVIOR SHOTS Pictures that depict someting the fish does
With a little patience from the photographer, the
natural curiosity of some fish can be exploited by, for instance, settling on
the seabed where a 'target' subject cannot see you. You can then capture them on
film when they come around the corner to investigate the sound of your
Some fish are so obliging you can guarantee where they
will be at any given time. In the Caribbean for instance, you often get a
resident Barracuda 'parked' under the dive boat.
scales is a problem causing overexposure with many fish. It is important to vary
the angle of the strobe (and exposure) to take this into account.
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