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My wife does all the photography for our store, websites and other events. So I asked her what advice she would offer others about getting some really good shot of the frontosa. She had one thing to say!


"TRIPOD"!

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I have one, i dont use it as often as i should LOL.

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A higher shutter speed helps too.


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I do the following with my Nikon d40x to try to get better pics
-Light the tank as much as possible and do it in advance so the fish get used to the light.
-Use a remote flash if possible on a tripod, This helps reduce reflections of the flash in the glass. this also washes the picture on an angle to give better lighting/shadows, and in some cases can be used for example with Mpimbwe to help show of the colour on the head or even Burundi to show of those iridescent hue's that often don't show in pictures.
- Increase the ISO as much as possible, but too much will cause a more grainy pic... a grainy pic is better then a blurry one :roll:
-I find myself using manual mode more and more as messing with aperture can help correct dept of field issues.
-Patients........ I find take 100's of pictures and you may only get 1 really good one.
-I am in bad need of a macro lens but don't have one so I have to live with the 18-55 kit lens and the 55-200VR I have, better lenses help
-Clean the tank/water changes the day before you do pics will help with the water looking crystal clear, also clean the glass as close to before you tak the pics as possible, but still give some time to let the fish relax and get pack to normal before you start snapping pics.
-Ensuring the room you are in is dark and the tank is lit helps decrease reflections of the room in the fish tanks glass when you take pics.

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I agree with all of the above and will add use a macro lens or setting when taking tank shots! Use a lens stabalizer.
When I am being serious about my picture taking I always use a tripod. Don't point your camera straight at the back of tank or you will get flash in your picture. Angle your camea down, up or sideways. And the best advice I can give is take at least 300 shots a day and throw most of them away! Splash :D Seems like we are all using the same tricks of the trade here!

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I have a two cameras and neither work too great, I find no matter the settings, if I want to get a good pic I need to follow the fish with the camera, and try to predict their movements. I use the eye piece rather than the LCD, and center the fish that is the main focal point in the little round center in my eye piece.


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All the above is good advice. I don't have a DSLR but I do use a tripod.

I take many photos to get one great one. Patience, patience and more patience. Picture taking is like being a doctor, you need lots of patients!

I love the idea of a slave flash!!! Don't use one but want to.

I like to shoot down and off to the side. Helps me elimnate glare.

Good photo editing software can help.

Here is one of my more recent pics (many of you have seen it). It took me a week to get a picture that I was happy with.

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I have a tripod, but seem that the fish move way to much to keep them framed up good. I'll keep trying to improve with the tripod though :)

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Anthony";p="22706 wrote:
I have a tripod, but seem that the fish move way to much to keep them framed up good. I'll keep trying to improve with the tripod though :)


With my comps. I had to leave the tripod infront of the tank for a few days just to get them used to it. I will also keep the tripod a litle lose so I can swing it vertically and horizontaly.

I also use ambush points where I prefocus in on a heavily travelled spot and wait to ambush a good shot. Often times they will all head to one spot in the tank waiting to be fed when I first come to the tank. That is where I get my best shots of my comps. In my frontosa tank, that ambush spot is frontosa bank.


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