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How-To: Complements of Tanksalot!

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How-To: Complements of Tanksalot!

Post  williemcd on Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:03 pm

Buried within another thread but deserving a highlight!  (Thanks Tank)

Couple tips:
1. Clean inside and outside aquarium glass thoroughly.
2.Turn off all lights in the room except the aquarium lights for the tank you are taking pics in. if it's day time try to black out windows as much as you can.
3. If your camera has a macro setting for close ups use it.
4. Turn off the flash
5. Hold the lens against the outside glass. This does a couple things: it steadies you and you get finer detail.
6. If your camera has manual setting use them instead of automatic so you can get faster shutter speed and adjust light setting and white balance.
7. Experiment using different angles while holding lens up to the glass to see what provides best lighting effects and detail.
8. Take a lot of pics and keep only the ones that turned out superior and try to remember what you did differently to get the shot you were hoping for. Even the most active fish you can eventually get a clear shot, just be patient.
Oh, and most importantly don't chase the fish you want by moving the camera. Remember the patient part. Hold the lens still on the glass and wait until the fish comes to you.


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Re: How-To: Complements of Tanksalot!

Post  tanksalot on Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:46 am

Glad to help. Hope this helps folks with the picture taking. Very rarely can you get a single good pic. It takes a lot of patience and a lot of clicks to get that one god shot.

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Re: How-To: Complements of Tanksalot!

Post  Doxiemom on Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:48 am

I read this on the other thread. GREAT, AND USEFUL information! Thanks again for posting!
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Re: How-To: Complements of Tanksalot!

Post  neogeo20041 on Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:00 am

I have to say at the end of the day it all comes down to patience and finding the right time to take a pic. Thanks for the detailed explanation. Smile I shall try your method once I get a hold of a decent camera.
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Re: How-To: Complements of Tanksalot!

Post  Doxiemom on Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:07 am

LOL...Neo..Thats my problem....point & shoot just doesn't cut it. I'd rather spend money on my fish than a nice camera!!  Very Happy 
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Re: How-To: Complements of Tanksalot!

Post  neogeo20041 on Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:05 pm

Sometimes the only way to show your fish is through photography. I want others to see what I see in my tanks and it can only be achieved by a good camera. Smile
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Re: How-To: Complements of Tanksalot!

Post  Admin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:36 am

Neogeo... is the goal to "show off your fish" or is the goal to enjoy our fish?  Some folks derive more pleasure in the pursuit of a special fish, others pursue the adoration from others about the fish they keep.  I'll seek that special specimen.
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