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New York UW Photo Society Meeting: Fish Portraits
By Joseph Tepper, September 7, 2016 @ 12:52 PM (EST)

The New York Underwater Photography Society (or NYUPS) will be meeting in September with one goal—to help you take better fish portraits.

Sure, you can read our comprehensive guide to reef fish portrait photography. But if you’re in the NYC area on Monday, September 19th, then there’s no better way to improve your imagery than to gather with dozens of underwater photographers sharing advice and tips.

The meeting will begin with a presentation on the basics of fish portrait photography, including the equipment needed, lighting, and composition. Several pro shooters in the group will also share their secrets for making fish portraits that stand out from the pack school.

Then NYUPS encourages attendees to share their own images! The meeting is free to attend and photographers of all levels submit images every month—so there’s no reason not to participate! Plus, as always, there is good grub and lots of drinks to be had at Alpha Fusion restaurant.

What: NYUPS September Meeting: Fish Portraits
When: Monday, September 19th (7–9 PM)
Where: Alpha Fusion Restaurant (365 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001)


“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 a flash drive.



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