Shooting animals is a favorite subject of many photographers. When we are used to seeing cats and dogs, we might as well turn our attention to another family member-fish. Shooting fish does not necessarily have to dive into the deep sea or go to the aquarium. Using the fish tank in our own home, through some simple shooting techniques, we can also shoot wonderful fish.
Nikon Z 7 plus FTZ adapter ring
Before shooting, we need to prepare suitable equipment. Since we are shooting at home, we don’t need complicated camera waterproof equipment. We need a high-resolution camera to show the details of the fish. Nikon Z 7 is a very suitable choice. The Nikon Z 7 has approximately 45.75 million effective pixels and can take detailed photos.
AF-S VR Macro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
In terms of lens selection, a macro lens is very Necessary. The AF-S VR Macro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is very suitable for shooting close-ups of fish in the aquarium. The lens has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:1, which is capable of expressing fish details well. The photographer can use the FTZ adapter ring to transfer it to the Z 7 camera for use.
Image courtesy of David Clode
Before shooting, we still need to do some preparations. First of all, we should stick black cardboard on the back of the fish tank to ensure that the background is pure black, so that the effect of black water fish photography can be obtained. In terms of lighting, we can use LED lights to fill the fish tank. It should be noted that the fish tank cannot be irradiated with light directly, and the light should be lighted from the top down, so that the light obtained is more natural, and it will not directly shine on the glass fish tank and will not produce reflections.
The picture is from Kyaw Tun
When shooting, in order to ensure the purity of the picture, the sensitivity should not be set too high. It is more suitable between ISO 800 and ISO 1600. In order to capture the dynamics of the fish, the recommended shutter speed is 1/100 second. Too fast will make the picture darker, and too slow will make the fish move blurry. When shooting, you can choose to shoot in S file, fix the shutter speed and sensitivity, and let the camera automatically select the aperture value for shooting. In terms of metering, we select “Highlight Spot Metering”, so that the camera will meter the highlights in the screen. Since the background is pure black, the camera can meter the fish, and then fine-tune it by adjusting the exposure compensation.
The picture is from Pietro Jeng
I believe you can’t wait to see it here. With this simple operation, you can shoot large fish movies even at home. Quickly pick up the camera in your hand and try it.
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