Whip Coral Goby Photo Tips

 The "whip coral" goby or "wire coral" goby (Bryaninops yongei) is a tiny fish around 1-1.5cm that lives on the whip coral which is found in most of our oceans.

These tiny fish are often on most macro photographers subject shooting list. If I'm having an uneventful dive I always go look for a goby to shoot.

Goby's can be quiet skittish, but on the positive they rarely leave their whip coral habitat so it's just a matter of patience, slow movements and easy breathing which will eventually allow you to get super close.

As they are a very small fish its best to shoot them with the 60mm-105mm lens range as well as using teleconventors and diopters so the Goby can fill the frame.

Composition is important when shooting Gobies. The best shots are those from in front (head-on) and portrait from the side. Whip corals also have lovely curves so don't be shy to use these lines in your composition.

A good camera setting starting point would be around 1/125 f16 and strobes facing slightly inwards. We can increase the shutter speed to create black background which make the image pop or slow it right down to achieve a traditional light blue background. When shooting super macro there is high magnification form lens/diopter combinations, which results in a shallower DOF, so don’t be afraid to play in the f40-f51 to get maximum focus and Depth of field, if that’s the result you are after. Manually select your focus point and always focus on the eye! If you are patient enough you may capture the goby yawning.

Be creative with composition, backgrounds and using light. Backlighting and using a snoot are great ways of being creative.

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