How To Take Better Fishing Photos

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How to take better fishing photos, anyone who is just starting to take pictures underwater has a mistake they made on their first dive. We see a fish and start swimming towards it at the last speed. At that moment, a race begins, the winner of which is obvious from the very beginning underwater. The fish runs away, we chase it with the camera in hand, but there is no chance of catching it. Sometimes experienced underwater photographers also fall into this mistake. I remember the first day I was diving in the Red Sea. Even though I knew very well that I shouldn’t have done this, the butterfly fish were racing in the front and I was racing in the back.

1.Take it easy

The first rule that should be applied to photographing a fish is to be calm. When you see him, do not get excited and go after him to take a picture. Calm down, think for a moment first, and then take action. It is very important to have a good buoyancy control at this stage. Divers who are not successful in swimming control have no chance to take a good fish photo. Fish do not like to see huge creatures making noise around them. When you come to a cliff, the place may seem empty to you, because the fish, frightened by the noise made by the bubbles, find a hole to shelter themselves in and disappear. But if you stand still at the bottom for a few minutes, the fish that get used to the noise you make will appear and resume their routine lives.

2.Approach the fish gradually.

It is vital to get close to the fish in order to take a good picture of the fish.When approaching him, pretend that he is approaching someone you have just met. Move slowly,do not be impulsive and leave him a space where he can move comfortably. Check your breathing as you approach. Breathe slowly and calmly, be careful, especially when releasing your breath. Hold your breath slowly and for a long time. Regional fish such as grouper, lahoz, moray eel, sargoz, squirrel fish either lie in the mouth of their nests, or swim along a certain route. It is easier to approach them than to approach fast-moving wandering fish. Avoid making eye contact with the fish you are going to photograph.

Fish are always on alert for predators, as the most important activity on a reef or a cliff is to find prey or not to be a prey to another living being. It becomes scary to swim towards them quickly, like a hunter, to look at them with big and hungry eyes. That’s why making eye contact with them makes it difficult to get close to them. If you pretend that you are not interested in them and pretend that you are engaged in some other business, the fish will get curious and come towards you to see what you are doing. This is also the easiest way to get close to such fish as lahoz, grouper, which are very curious.

3.Learn fish behavior well

The most important factor determining the behavior of fish is the instinct of survival. Their daily activity usually consists in finding food and trying not to be eaten by others. In order to predict the natural movements of the fish doing these two activities in advance, it is necessary to get to know these creatures well. One of the most important conditions for taking a photo of a fish is to get to know the fish you are going to photograph and know its behavior. If you know how a fish behaves in different situations, you will choose the most suitable location for taking photos and wait for it to approach you.

4.Use the most suitable equipment.

The right choice of equipment for photographing fish is quite important. Those who use Hausing need a good flash and, more importantly, suitable lenses. The most suitable lens for taking Blik photo is 60 mm .is a macro lens of ’ For shy fish that do not allow you to get too close to them, it is a more correct choice to use a 105 mm macro lens instead of a 60 mm one.

5.Ne decide in advance what purpose you are going to shoot for

Don’t mention the fish photo. Even a photograph of a fish is taken for more than one purpose; identification, aesthetics, natural environment, behavioral and abstract shots are some of them. Identification is a type of shot taken for the purpose of diagnosing and recording the type of fish, in which the side and the entire body of the fish are clearly displayed. In photos taken for aesthetic purposes, the entire fish does not have to be displayed, the main thing is to get an eye-pleasing image. Photos taken in a natural environment display moments that reflect the natural and vital characteristics of the fish. Again, in behavioral shots that resemble natural environment shots, while fishing, eating each other and other behavioral characteristics are the subject of the subject. In abstract shots, dramatic images of a certain part of the fish, such as its tail and eye, are taken very closely.

6.When you see the fish, do your preliminary preparation.

When you see a fish, stop for a moment and think before approaching it. Slowly take up the position, thinking about his next move. After you animate the pose that you will take in your head, adjust the appropriate aperture, shutter speed, and flash settings for that location. Technically, when everything is ready, gradually approach the fish. So that when you approach the fish, everything is ready, and you do not waste time unnecessarily, do not scare the fish with sudden movements and do not lift the bottom.


The most effective way to make a fish come towards you is to feed it. This is a controversial issue. Feeding fish distracts them from natural behavior and sometimes makes them aggressive. I have seen divers who were accidentally bitten by that fish while feeding a moray eel or other fish. Therefore, you should be careful when feeding fish. Use natural foods that will not harm the fish and the environment. Never kill other creatures to feed a fish. There is no other activity that is as murderous and threatens the natural order as feeding fish by breaking the shell of a sea urchin. I do not believe that it is very environmentally inconvenient to feed fish when conditions are favorable. I believe that the positive effects of fish feeding on the natural environment outweigh its negative effects.

8.Make the eyes clear in the photo.

The focal length is 60 mm, which is longer than other lenses, and especially for lenses such as 105 mm, no matter how much you reduce the aperture, the depth of field will not be long enough. In cases where the depth of field narrows, it becomes impossible to clearly view the entire fish. If you think that only one part of the fish can be clear, then first of all pay attention to the clarity of the eyes.

9.Be careful when checking your breathing.

We all know well that it is impossible to be silent when removing blisters. Although there are some risks in this case, there is no other way than to hold your breath while taking photos. Be very careful if you are holding your breath. Because holding your breath underwater can cause fatal embolism with carbon dioxide poisoning, headaches and decreased depth.

10.Respect the fish.

In order to use it in official documents such as identity card, residence permit, you have all taken a passport photo. You put on your suit and tie and go to a photo studio. When all the spots are turned on you, you want these boring minutes to end as soon as possible. Now put yourself in the place of the fish. Huge creatures that have turned their lanterns on you and come at you with huge cameras in their hands are approaching you and asking you for something. No image you will receive is more important than the life of any living being underwater. Be respectful of underwater life.

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