Catch nature in all its glory on camera at aquarium

Johnny Black at the Blue Reef Aquarium
Johnny Black at the Blue Reef Aquarium
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NATURE-LOVERS can catch fish on film as part of a photographic workshop this weekend at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea.

And attraction has enlisted the help of an award-winning photographer to provide expert advice and tips.

Portsmouth-based Johnny Black has been taking photographs for more than 30 years and has won both acclaim and awards for his striking images.

He will offer advice and provide practical demonstrations on how to take pictures of animals in motion.

Blue Reef’s Hannah Butt said: ‘One of the most common questions we get from our visitors is how to try and take good, clear pictures in what can be a very challenging environment.

‘I have seen dozens of blurry, out-of-focus and dark images which were taken in aquariums and so I think Johnny’s photographic masterclasses will prove extremely popular.

‘Hopefully visitors who do take part in the workshops will then go on to post some of their best images on our Facebook page so everyone will be able to admire them.’

As well as looking at overall composition and what type of camera to use, the workshop will also offer specific advice on how to take the best photographs of moving animals, animals in water, behind glass and without a flash.

Johnny Black’s Photography Workshop runs from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7.

The aquarium has a giant tropical ocean tank where an underwater walkthrough tunnel giving visitors close encounters with a huge range of exotic coral reef species.

Naturally-themed displays reveal the sheer variety of life in the deep from native sharks and rays to otters, reptiles and amphibians.

Ÿ The Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth. Open 10am daily. For more information call 02392 875222, visit or find us on Facebook.