elcome to the digital age of aquarium photography!
For those of us who remember having to load film and give
the camera a few cranks to get it in place, it’s a dream come
true. And for those photographers who still rely on the camera
phone, technological advances have never been so kind.
One of the first questions I ask people when I give a talk on
aquatic photography is “What type of camera are you using?”
More often than not, they will hold up their cell phones. I get
it. I use my phone as well. But a lot of these people comment
that they wish they had a better camera so they could take
better pictures, which makes sense—better cameras afford you
more opportunity to produce better images. Ask anyone who
has moved on from shooting using a camera phone to a digital
single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Still, a better camera isn’t a
guarantee that you will get a better photo.
A lot of cameras today will allow you to
remotely trigger the flash. I guarantee that
if you try this one technique your photos will
take a huge jump forward.
A male Vieja sp. “Coatzacoalcos” photographed
by the author using a three-light setup.