0

I have a Nikon d5500 and a 55-200mm lens. I'm hoping to get pictures like these for a project- my main hang up is lighting? What sort of equipment should I use and are there any specific angles? Thanks! enter image description here

2
  • 2
    That's a neat photo, but could you please credit the photographer [link is OK] & make sure [s]he allows re-distribution? – Tetsujin Sep 28 '18 at 16:30
  • To help get the best answers (and to help others in the future!) please read Important information for asking "What's this effect?" questions and edit this post accordingly. Make sure to use a descriptive title, too. Thank you! – mattdm Sep 28 '18 at 16:45
0

You want a single broad diffuse source, to the left of the axis, whose centre is level with the centre of the lens and a dark light-absorbing background such as black velvet out of the way of any spill from the light source.

Place your camera (dead-level, use the aquarium water surface as a guide) an inch or two below the level of the surface.

Use a flag to block any light that might hit the background.

Use a big pretty-coloured subject.

Wait patiently.

3
  • For any domestic aquarium, the #1 instruction ... move entire aquarium well away from wall & remove any nice backdrop it has. That's going to stop most people right in their tracks; aquaria not being known for their portability ;) – Tetsujin Sep 28 '18 at 17:17
  • 1
    @Tetsujin That's an Icxycanthus which is over a foot long. The tank is huge which I didn't even want to address. The surface of the glass (if it's glass) is spotless. That's an issue. Too, is the rear of the tank which has been gobo-ed out. This set-up would take a minute or two in a sizeable environmentally controlled location. Yup! – Stan Sep 28 '18 at 17:28
  • I do get the feeling the photo was taken from in the tank, not through the glass - but that's a pure guess, based on nothing better than having had an aquarium [much smaller] of my own. – Tetsujin Sep 28 '18 at 19:06

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.