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Hawkian 12-16-2009 09:49 PM

OK so you guys need to tell me how to take good fish pics...
Every pic I see on this forum is better than the ones I take... why is that? I have a good DSLR camera (Sony A300) so why is it that i need to take 100 pics to get one that is relatively good but not great? How do all of you do it?

mrdemin 12-16-2009 11:55 PM

It usually does take a bunch of pics to get one good one. I have used point and shoots until now (today), my canon t1i finally arrived.... I imagine my pics will come out much better now.
Usually setting the iso a little higher raises the shutter speed, also opening the aperature raises the shutter speed. If you can get 1/60 you should be fine and fish in focus... Your cam probably also has the option where you choose the shutter speed yourself, and the cam will adjust the aperture for you to compensate for the lost light (this is called shutter priority on mine). Pictures should be taken from an angle, keeping reflections to a minumum. Clean the tank glass in and out obviously.
A lot of people like to prefocus on something in the tank and catch the fish when it swims next to that object, this way your cam is already prefocused.
I probably get one good shot for every 10-20... Will tell you how the new dslr works out for me!

aunt kymmie 12-17-2009 10:17 AM

I have also been told to turn off the filter(s) for 15 minutes prior to shooting pics as it cuts down on any floating particle bits. It also helps me to mount the camera on a tri-pod or a chair as it's impossible for me to hold the camera "still". Looking forward to seeing your pics!

teddyzaper 12-17-2009 12:11 PM

i put on macro. im not a camera genius, focus on the fish when its still or even when its moving, wait till its stil, put the cammera so its touching the glass (so it doesnt shake) then take the pic. i get like 1 out of 5 good pics tht way, accept for on my JD where its about 1 out of every 500 lol.

Angel079 12-17-2009 01:26 PM

Play with your different setting / read in your manual you wanna use something for fast moving objects on close up's :-) As for the filter...I never turned mine of to shoot... And then after that practice :-) Till you know which setting works best for what tank/ light situation

velocitygirl 12-21-2009 04:27 PM

this might help...

Aquarium Photograpy

LisaC144 12-21-2009 09:09 PM

Get article, Velocitygirl. Thanks for sharing!

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