I wasn't sure where to put this. Mods, please move it if there's a more appropriate forum.
I've been asked to photograph some aquariums, and I'm looking for some advice on how to light them.
These aren't your run-of-the-mill aquariums. Each one is about 700 gallons and they stand about six feet tall. Please excuse the fabulous iPhone 5S photo:
Each one is constructed of 1-3/4" acrylic (which is crystal clear). They will be photographed with the reef items in place, but without water. They'll be photographed in front of a plain black backdrop. The plastic wrap (you can see the lines from it) will be removed, so visibility will be optimum with regards to that.
If you were photographing this, how would you go about it? I'm thinking using some colored gels and constant lighting. I'm also thinking a very natural looking HDR treatment, but I am absolutely open to suggestions, because this is a first for me.
I really appreciate any input; Thanks!