A few pic taking tips.

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Postby mike » 2006-01-27 13:13

As requested by Kitty Kat in the intro forum,
I hope i posted in the right place,

i'm not a professional photographer and i've never had any formal training. my digicam is of the point-and-shoot variety, i've gleaned tips from every forum i've visited and took lots of pics, trial and error!



1. take your pics at night when there's no glare from natual light sources.
2. turn off all room lights so the only light is coming from the tank.
3. use a tripod, or somehow stablize your camera when you snap the pic. (fish are already moving - when you add the fact that it's nearly impossible to hold a camera perfectly still by hand, it's no wonder our pics come out blurry!)
4. if your cam has a macro feature, use it. if you snap a clear pic, you should be able to zoom in and crop the pic once it's on your computer.
5. if you use the flash, you'll have to avoid shooting straight at the tank to avoid a big flashback. instead, shoot slightly down at your target. you don't have to raise the camera way up, just a slight downward angle should do the trick.

for full tank shots, and any shot where i don't use the flash, use a tripod or rest the camera on something. you can even lean your hand against the front glass of the tank.

for fish shots, i wait 'till the subject(s) are right at the front glass and aim slightly down at them using the macro feature with flash. the flash is what makes the photo of the moving fish sharp. if i'm trying to get a fish shot without flash, i'll use a tripod or rest my hand against the glass and wait and wait and wait for the subject to sit still for a few seconds.

take lots of pics. be patient and experiment. for every "decent" shot i get, i probably took 20 bad ones. our pics may never win awards, but with practice and patience we can get pics we can live with from our modest digicams.

Ps.Another good tip is to use ALOT of lighting...get as much light over the tank as possible (VHO lighting systems, power compacts).

and sometimes you have to have the tank light off and rely on the flash at reduced power to supply light.

Experiment and see what works best for you? then lets see the results here in the Gallery,

BTW..If anyone has any more tips to add to this?
post them up so we can all benefit from them. :tup:
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-01-28 18:36

ok, you wanted comments...

seems to be i've been doing all that, but pics are STILL turning out 99% c**p... any sugestions?
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Postby Kev » 2006-01-28 18:41

Also, when photographing moving fish it does help to focus on something stationary in the tank and wait for the fish to come past, once it is in the viewfinder take the picture. Other than that I do the same as above... tripod, lights from the tank only, the room is usually in complete darkness..... or I try to make it as dark as possible. Turn Macro on when set to auto and let the camera do the rest.
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Postby mike » 2006-01-29 00:10

KittyKat wrote: ok, you wanted comments...

seems to be i've been doing all that, but pics are STILL turning out 99% c**p... any sugestions?

Sorry to hear your pics are turning out cr*p KK, :(
theres nothing much more i can add to what has already
been posted and what Kev has added.
All i can say is perservere and keep taking pics.
Because fish are such a difficult subject to photograph,
i've seen me taking over 100 pics to get a few decent ones
and i'm sure a lot of folk are in the same boat?
So all i can say is keep shooting pics and i hope you
have better luck. :)
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-01-29 14:32

i think this means... IT'S TIME FOR A NEW CAM!!! :D... *oh well, we can all dream...*
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Postby mike » 2006-01-29 16:16

KittyKat wrote: i think this means... IT'S TIME FOR A NEW CAM!!! :D... *oh well, we can all dream...*

Keep an eye on e-bay KK, you can pick a decent
cam up there at the right money, i got mine of a mate
at a quarter of the retail price because he was upgrading. :)
fingers crossed for you. ;)
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Re: A few pic taking tips.

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