“The challenge [with fish portraits] is to take the viewer beyond the scales and allow them to see an individual, a creature with character and personality.” – Alex Mustard
If there’s one word that sticks out in that quote from famed underwater photographer and marine biologist Alex Mustard it is “challenge.” Taking portraits of fish is anything but easy. They are constantly darting around, turning and twisting, making it quite the “challenge” to frame a well-composed and well-lit image—much less one that communicates the subject’s personality.
At the September meeting of NYUPS (Monday, Sept. 19th) we will gather together with a simple goal—to take better fish portraits. The meeting will kick off with a down-and-dirty guide to taking fish portraits that covers the main topics: Photo equipment, composition, and lighting. Several of the groups pro-shooters will also share their secret tip for making fish portraits that stand out from the pack.
Then, we want to see your fish portraits! All attendees are encouraged to submit some recent fish portraits. Feel free to share tips and techniques or to ask for advice on how to improve your imagery. By the end of the meeting you’ll be confident in taking top-notch fish portrait images.
Please email 8-10 fish portrait images to Joe Tepper with the subject line “NYUPS- Fish Portraits.” If you would like to submit videos, please bring them to the meeting as Quicktime files on flash drive.
Please submit all images no later than September 18th. After that, we cannot accept anymore entries (without free beers for the NYUPS crew).
We hope to see you and your wonderful images on Monday, September 19th.
September 19th, 2016
Alpha Fusion Restaurant
365 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001