Exclusive Edition - The Ultimate Field Guide to Photography: Buy Now!
Visit our Online Shops

Sign up for free

Newsletters

Once a month
get new photos
and expert tips.

Surgeonfish, Vatu-i-Ra, Fiji Islands, 2005

Photo: Yellow surgeonfish over reef

The eye-catching yellow of a surgeonfish draws attention to its unique shape as it swims effortlessly over a coral reef in the Fiji Islands. Yellows and blues dominate the coloring of reef fish, in large part because those colors blend in with the reef background—at least from the fish’s point of view.

(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish: Why Are Coral Reefs So Colorful?" May 2005, National Geographic magazine)

Buy a print of this photo.

Photograph by Tim Laman

Special Advertising Section

Photo: Horses and old barn

Enter Sweepstakes

Take a photographic journey through Montana and enter for a chance to win a trip for two!

Photo: Man carrying a kayak

Adventure Videos

Check out adventure videos from our West Coast Adventure Editor Steve Casimiro and go "Behind the Lens."

Photo Tip of the Week

Long Exposures

When making long exposures, use a remote release to avoid camera movement. If you don't have a remote release, use the camera's self-timer.

More Photo Tips

Photography DVDs

Photo: Photography DVD box

Get the stories behind the lens and experience photography at its best!

New Photo Books From National Geographic

Photo: Visions of Paradise book cover

Own the latest images from our world-renowned photographers!