Photographer Uses Fish Tank as Camera Housing for Underwater Photos

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Photographer Jonti wild shows how to capture underwater photos using an aquarium.

Wild was at first worried about the unusual technique, but fortunately, his camera stayed dry and he came away with great shots, he tells PetaPixel.

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“My camera is my baby and a way for me to express myself and make a living but I like taking risks and I think this was worth it,” explains Wild from Los Angeles.

“I practiced pushing the fish tank down into the water multiple times so I could get the right feel for it. Once I felt confident, I kept my camera inside the fish tank to prepare for anything.

Underwater photoshoot using a fish tank

“Having a nice deep fish tank helps a lot, you don’t have to worry so much about flooding it so much and I had some spare towels in case my equipment got wet and also to wipe droplets off the inside of the tank.”

Photographer Risks His Camera Inside Fish Tank for Underwater Shoot

Photographer Risks His Camera Inside Fish Tank for Underwater Shoot

Wild used his Nikon D750 and a Godox AD200 above the water pointing down at the model in the pool and was happy with the results.

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“I was quite happy considering it was my first time using this technique. Wild says that he enjoys pushing boundaries in his work, and this made him very happy.

“If I was going to do it again I would spend more time doing it. And have a warmer pool, we only spent 20 minutes in the pool as it was ice-cold water and my model was freezing.”

Photographer Risks His Camera Inside Fish Tank for Underwater Shoot

Photographer Risks His Camera Inside Fish Tank for Underwater Shoot

The 25-year-old posted a video of him shooting the photos on TikTok where it has garnered over 65,000 hits and amazed viewers.

“The reaction was pretty good. I mean people seemed to love it so I might do some more down the line. Some were scared for my camera,” he says.

Photographer Risks His Camera Inside Fish Tank for Underwater Shoot

Photographer Risks His Camera Inside Fish Tank for Underwater Shoot

Wild has been working in photography for 10 years. He started out with landscape photography but quickly realized that portraits were more appealing to him. Two and a half years later, Wild began working in portraiture and hasn’t stopped since.

More of Wild’s work can be seen on his TikTok and Instagram.


Image credits: Photos by Jonti Wild.

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