A day out at Scheveningen Sea Life Centre, Holland

On our recent Eurocamp holiday to Duinrell in Holland we spent the one and only rainy afternoon at the Sea Life centre in nearby Scheveningen. When looking online at how much it would cost we discovered that if you buy tickets to go on the same day you can bid for a ticket and decide how much you want to pay. Your bid, if too low, will be rejected, but we just kept bidding in 1 euro increments until we were successful, and got quite a hefty discount on entry. It was a great way to spend an afternoon, and by the time we were done the rain had stopped and we had a lovely explore of the beach, pier and shops too. Here are some photos from our visit, and I'll share some tips on taking photos in aquariums at the end of the post...


The Beach

With cafes lining the sand, deckchairs, a huge pier and a large shopping centre there is a lot of family fun to be had at Scheveningen beach.


Photography Tips

We don't get to visit aquariums very often but when we do you can bet I'm there with my camera in hand trying to get that perfect shot. It never ends up like I see it in my head, or more likely, like I've seen on other people's social media. I don't know if it's aquarium dependent, but sizing, light and how busy the place is as well can all impact the end photo, but here are a few tricks I've learnt along the way that might help;

  • Put the lens hood on your camera and when photographing behind the glass press it right up to the glass to help get the clearest shot. Keep it parallel to avoid distortion.

  • Crank your ISO up really high, aquariums are badly lit, and you'll need all the help you can get lighting the shot.

  • Don't use a flash, cranking the ISO will help with that.

  • Remember if you do use a high ISO you'll want to utilise the noise reduction tool when editing in Lightroom.

  • Set your camera to single spot focus, and pick out the fish you want to focus on and you'll get a sharper image. Preferably choose a fish closer to you.

  • Use as wide an aperture as your lens will allow, it will help counter the lack of light issue, but also gives a sharper image too.

I hope you get chance to visit a sea life centre soon, and I'd love to see your photos if you do!