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Aquarium Photography Techniques
Through interactive online learning with practical, hands on photography assignments and critiques of your images through your own student gallery on the MACO website, you will gain a thorough understanding of how to capture stunning photographs of marine or freshwater aquariums and their aquatic inhabitants.
During the Aquarium Photography Techniques – Level I course, you will learn how to utilize your camera equipment (including electronic flash) to capture clear & compelling images of aquariums under different conditions as well as the basic rules of composition and fundamental macro photography techniques.
We will examine how to ‘set the stage’ in an aquarium for your photo shoot while discussing a variety of techniques for capturing images of a variety of subject matter, including corals, invertebrates, and (of course) fish. We will also cover methods of photographing entire aquarium environments.
The Aquarium Photography Techniques – Level I course will also include an introduction to multimedia uses for your images & methods for displaying and sharing them as well as basic post-production skills, including digital file management and computer manipulation.
In Aquarium Photography – Level II, utilizing similar interactive, online learning methods, we expand on many of the photographic skills and techniques learned in Level I. We will also learn about the use of some additional, specialized camera equipment and proceed to more specific and advanced techniques required to capture consistently stunning, or professional quality photographs of aquariums and their aquatic residents.
Throughout Level II, you will participate in additional hands-on photography assignments that will allow you to hone and practice your photography new skills. There will be regular critiques of your images through your own student gallery on the MACO website, which will help you to further improve your photography.
During Aquarium Photography Techniques – Level II, you will learn about…
- The use of specialized camera equipment and software for capturing unique, creative images of aquariums and their aquatic inhabitants
- Creating outstanding images through the effective use of visual design elements & imaginative composition
- Creative lighting techniques & specialized lighting equipment that will help you modify the quality of the light and improve your images
- More advanced digital Imaging techniques for enhancing your images and correcting problems you encounter while shooting
- Ways of successfully working with different & difficult subject matter & aquarium set-ups
- Ways you can use your photographs, including how to share and display them for your friends and also how to get your best images published and possibly make some money selling your photos (if you are so inclined)
MACO will also host the return of Fish Husbandry and Reef Chemistry courses! Please check the website for full details including dates and costs. www.aquaristcourses.org
Direct links to each course:
- Aquarium Photography I – http://www.aquaristcourses.org/aqphoto/
- Fish Husbandry – http://www.aquaristcourses.org/Fish%20Husbandry2/
Aquarium Photography Course – Syllabus
- Camera Bodies
- Macro Equipment
Computers for Photography
Creative Use of Camera Controls
- Shutter Speed
- Aperture / f-Stop
- Color balance
Digital Imaging 1
- File formats
- File Preparation
- Cropping / Resizing
- Reflections & their avoidance
- Electronic Flash
- Photo-specific tanks
Digital Imaging 2
- Color Correction
- Exposure & Contrast
- Sharpening & Blurring
- Rubber Stamp & Heal
Aquatic Subject Matter
- Full Aquarium Photographs
- Aquatic Animal Portraits
- Macro & Close-ups
Introduction to Lighting Theory
Uses and Things to Do With Your Photos
- Multimedia & Internet
- Fundamental knowledge of basic photography
- Fundamental knowledge of computers & file management
- A basic knowledge of working with digital photos on your computer
- Thorough knowledge of the operation of your camera (familiarity with all buttons & modes)
If you are thinking about purchasing new camera equipment in the near future, please consider postponing your purchases until after our first class, as we will be discussing what to look for in camera equipment.
- Camera body (Much of the course content will be geared toward participants shooting with digital SLR cameras. However, the majority of course content will also be relevant to users of [highly functional] point-and-shoot cameras and those shooting with film.)
- Lens (Most quality, standard lenses will work for this course) (having a variety of focal lengths available will be beneficial)
- Computer (to deal with digital images) (will need sound card and speakers / headphones)
- Photo editing software (class materials will be based on ‘Photoshop Elements’ but any good photo editing program will likely do)
- Access to an (functioning) aquarium to photograph during the course
- Tripod (highly recommended)
- Flash (highly recommended-more than one is helpful)
- Additional lenses (A range of lenses / focal lengths from wide to tele-photo)
- Macro lens
- Scanner (if you are shooting film for class) (or access to a photo-finishing lab that will scan film for you)