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Portsmouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is inviting visitors to catch their fish on film as part of a special photographic workshop this weekend (Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th).

The Southsea attraction has enlisted the help of an award-winning photographer to provide expert advice and tips to capture the perfect animal images.
Portsmouth-based Johnny Black has been taking photographs for more than 30 years and has won both acclaim and awards for his striking images.
As part of the event he will offer advice and provide practical demonstrations on how to take successful 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 first-hand literally hundreds of blurry, out of focus and dark images which were taken in aquariums and so I think Johnny 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,” she added.
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 Workshops will be taking place at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
From the hidden world of UK waters, Blue Reef, Portsmouth transports visitors to the spectacular ‘underwater gardens’ of the Mediterranean and the stunning beauty of tropical waters – home to everything from seahorses and puffer fish to living corals and tropical sharks.
At the aquarium’s heart is a giant tropical ocean tank where an underwater walkthrough tunnel offers incredibly close encounters with a huge range of exotic coral reef species.
More than 40 naturally-themed displays reveal the sheer variety of life in the deep from native sharks and rays to the cute otters and colourful reptiles and amphibians!
 The Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth. Open 10am daily. For more information call 02392 875222, or find us on Facebook.
Issued by Blue Reef Aquarium. For more information please contact Hannah Butt or Jenna MacFarlane on 02392 875222.Selection of Johnny Black's images taken at Portsmouth's Blue Reef Aquarium

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