How to Shoot Underwater on a Budget With a Fish Tank

You have been dreaming of shooting underwater for a while, but waterproof housing is too expensive, none seem to fit your huge rig, or you can’t find one with which you can trigger your strobes. Then check out this trick.

Filming or taking picture underwater has probably crossed every photographer’s mind at least once if not twice. However, robust waterproof housing usually costs a ton of money, and not every rental house has them in stock. The other possibility is a small waterproof bag, but most of those bags available on the market are not always as reliable as they are advertised, and for bigger kits, it’s often very tricky to find one big enough.

In the video above, Jakob Owens shows you how he found a solution using a simple fish tank. This creative idea doesn’t cost a lot, can accommodate even large setups, and even better yet, if you shoot stills and need to trigger strobes, it will work to perfection. The only downside is you won’t be able to go extremely deep underwater, but for many shots, it’s probably good enough until you can invest in a waterproof housing. Just keep in mind that the tank doesn’t offer full protection or else you may have to call your gear insurance agency.

Log in or register to post comments


Marc J Wrzesinski's picture

that seems so awkwardly bulky and inefficient...

Brad Harris's picture

And also anyone could do it with very little risk to their equipment... Who would want that? I think the moral of the story is not to let not having expensive gear get in your way. Be innovative and you will take more + better pictures.

Adam Palmer's picture

Meikon housings. They make super cheap and reliable underwater housings. When a little water splashed into the fish tank you will wish you had spend 300 on a nice underwater housing from Meikon

Deleted Account's picture

I got all excited until I went to their website. Nothing for my Nikon D810. :-(

Deleted Account's picture

Thanks! That's wasn't on their website.

Ann Moon's picture

It's interesting. I see everything in terms of underwater. A friend shows me the gorgeous wedding dress she picked out, and I wonder what it would look like in a pool ( . My mother-in-law shows me a new chair she reupholstered and I wonder how well the color would hold up if it got wet. I’ve even made the mistake of approaching a potential model with an opening line of, “Excuse me, how well do you sink in water?” with a Fish Tank, the process going to be more complicated.