Tips On Underwater Macro Aquatic Photography
Shooting on location is nice, but there usually is too much gear to carry. I take the subjects home, photograph them, then release them either that day or the following. Always at the same location as not to disturb other micro ecosystems in other ponds or lakes by introducing new predators and upsetting natural balance.
I shoot my strobe from above for a natural sunlit look and also to avoid glare from the reflective glass. I use distilled water instead of pond water to avoid dirt and foreign objects from showing up. I don’t use tap water due to the high level of chlorine and other pollutants that can cause damage or even death to the underwater creatures.
This tiny specimen, the tadpole was barely over an inch long. Some are even smaller.
Photo credits: Ryan Sartoski.