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Post  kat12 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:30 am

Figured I would start this- not only in terms of photographing fish but tanks also.

1- wipe down the glass before you take photos, it sucks to see what a great photo you got to realize it has a huge smudge on the glass in the center!
2 - if you can avoid using flash do it! If not pay attention to where and how your flash reflects.
3 - expect for pictures of the actual fish to take numerous shots to get a couple you like. It's hard to bribe them to sit still!
4- For individual fish shots I tend to do them in the middle of the night when the lights have been off and I turn them back on, fish are calmer then (yeah, I'm the parent that wakes them up for photoshoots)

so that's my start - please add to

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Post  verbal on Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:45 am

kat12 wrote:Figured I would start this- not only in terms of photographing fish but tanks also.  

1- wipe down the glass before you take photos, it sucks to see what a great photo you got to realize it has a huge smudge on the glass in the center!  
Very key!!

kat12 wrote:
2 - if you can avoid using flash do it!   If not pay attention to where and how your flash reflects.  
Not a bad way to start. I often add extra light to a tank for photography going this route. If you use a Point & Shoot with flash angle it to bounce off the glass at an angle, so you don't get the flash in the pic. Or a lot of times I will try to get the fish in an area where the flash is not, and then crop the fish out.

I am not at this point, but what the real experts do it use remote flashes angled down on the fish. The really fancy ones may have some angled up. A lot of photo stuff is really expensive, but remote flashes are pretty reasonable.

kat12 wrote:
3 - expect for pictures of the actual fish to take numerous shots to get a couple you like.   It's hard to bribe them to sit still!
I heard a story about Ansel Adams taking garbage bags full of film roles and ending up with maybe 2 or 3 photos for publication. With lower standards and digital photography the ratio is a better, but the principal applies. I have had many mediocre photos where a decent fish pic can be cropped out of it. Since usually the camera resolution is a lot higher than what you want to post, this can work out very well.

kat12 wrote:
4- For individual fish shots I tend to do them in the middle of the night when the lights have been off and I turn them back on, fish are calmer then (yeah, I'm the parent that wakes them up for photoshoots)

so that's my start - please add to
5. While videos may be tougher to master, they may be the easiest way to start. Most smart phones can take a decent video and keep it short.

6. If you get serious about photography digital SLR is the way to go. Even with the auto-settings you should be able to get good pics. An old digital SLR will get you a lot further than the newest high mega-pixel point and shoot.

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Post  kat12 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:02 am

totally agree on the SLR - but does take paying more attention to what you are doing also. I can tell a big difference between when I use my cannon vs when I allow my husband to touch it Very Happy Even going to not full auto can help me on some shots I am trying to get, though complicates it further. I need to get back on the ball of full manual, it's been years.

My video in my other thread is phone video.

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Post  kat12 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:18 pm

before you begin make sure the memory card is in the camera Sad

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