A portable camera box for photographing small fishes

  • Lawrence M. Page
  • Kevin S. Cummings
Part of the Developments in environmental biology of fishes book series (DEBF, volume 4)


Fishes are difficult to photograph for a variety of reasons. Ideally, they should be photographed alive and in their natural environments. However, few of us can manage the time and aquatic skills necessary to accomplish that. Also, many species live in turbid water or at insufficient depths to accommodate underwater photography. Live fishes in aquary often are frightened into only a pale reminder of their former selves, and settings seldom simulate natural conditions. The third alternative is to preserve the fishes and photograph them. With proper controls good life-like images can result. The apparatus described below works well for small fishes and is portable. Photos in the ‘Handbook of Darters’ (T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, NJ 07753) were taken with this procedure.


Small Fish Turbid Water Live Fish Camera Lens Illinois Natural History Survey 
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© Dr W. Junk Publishers, The Hague 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence M. Page
    • 1
  • Kevin S. Cummings
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois Natural History SurveyChampaignUSA

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