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Photograph life or preserved fish in the field

The optimal way fishes are photographed is life or freshly preserved in the field. There, natural colours can still be seen and the specimen is in an optimal condition. Therefore, preserved fish should be photographed as soon as possible after death. Life and dead fish all can be photographed in the same way: fixed by hand by one operator underwater in a field aquarium. Photographing fishes on the ground, in grass or in the hand of one operator always leads to second class pictures often not allowing seeing diagnostic characters afterwards.  Also underwater pictures, while being very aesthetic, hardly allow seeing the fish in all details.

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Small aquarium to photograph fishes in the field. Note the black tissue used to have a standardized background in the field.

 

Photographing life fish is more time consuming than photographing preserved fish but pictures of life fish are nicer and you will experience, that there is a wider range of opportunities to use the pictures than only to associate them with the voucher specimen. For example link them to arkive www.arkive.org.

Squalius valentius

Squalius valentinus, photographed life in the field. Note that the hand fixating the fish is not shining through the fins to allow cutting the fish free from the background using Adobe Photoshop.