Zoo vs Aquarium
So I have come to realize that aquariums are much more friendly and accommodating, especially to photographers. Why is this? Are the fish relaxing and make people happy, or what? You can use tripods and mono pods in aquariums They do they have rules like "when busy please do not use" which is completely fine and understandable. Aquariums are dark with so many challenges for photography but get it right and you have created magic, get it wrong and you look like an iPhone camera person. This is where a tripod or mono-pod comes in very handy. Sure you can do hand held but why make it harder for yourself. Oh as well as having the 16-35mm I mentioned earlier.
Zoos on the other hand don't let you use tripods in certain areas because apparently "you can stand there all day" well if I want to stand at one place all day, I will. I have paid and to have one rule for one place ad not the whole place instantly contradicts itself. Also zoo staff............ and "security" not going to say much about it because if you know me, you know where I stand on that.
So far I have been to two aquariums. One is at Enoshima which I highly recommend and the other is sea paradise in Yokohama. Sea paradise is very good but comes with a high price ad can get crazy busy (put the tripod away) Keep you updated with the others I go to as I go to them.
- Get a season pass for all the places you like, sooooooooooooo much cheaper!!
- Get there for opening time especially on the weekends or holidays
- F1.8 - f2.8 wide angle lens
Of course I'm not going to give you my preferred settings as that's just spoon feeding. Work it out, enjoy the practice and enjoythe adventure of learning real photography, not computer generated, layered, presets.