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


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.

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  • 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
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    @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

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